Ash - Zionsville, IN

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Milled March 26, 2019

Wood Ct. (not kidding!)

The connection to this Ash Tree actually begins with clay. In 2018 I was commissioned to make a full set of stoneware dinner plates, saucers, and bowls. Although it had been around 5 years since I worked with clay in the classroom (or even had the infrastructure to), I was fortunate to have a good friend that taught ceramics at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Christopher offered to let me work on the commission in his classroom as a visiting artist. What a blessing of an opportunity! Thank you Christopher!

During the 3-4 weeks of my working in his classroom I got to meeting many of Christopher’s fellow art teachers. One teacher, David, took a particular interest in my woodworking endeavors as he had a pair ash trees in his front yard that needed to come down - both victims of the infamous emerald ash borer. As we got to talking more, he let me know that he wanted to have one of the trees repurposed into a new dining table for his family. He loved the idea of having a story behind the dinner table in his house - my passion and forte!

David is a very spiritual man, and was very kind and accommodating while I milled the tree. I took a tour of his house, and, unbeknownst to me, he is a phenomenal painter! There was incredible work throughout his entire house! His studio and show space was in a beautiful naturally-lit area of his home.

This experience is a reminder to me that you never know when you might stumble across some gorgeous wood to salvage, or meet a potential customer that is in need of exactly what you love to do!

These slabs will be dry by spring-summer 2021.

Thank you, David!