Part of the joy of making rustic furniture is the process. Much of our work is done with wood collected from Mother Nature, such as driftwood marooned on a riverbank or planks from an old barn, gnarled and weathered by the elements. It’s in fact these qualities that make each piece unique and irreplaceable, with a character indelibly marked by time spent outdoors.
This Father’s Day weekend, Robert and I found a treasure-trove of groovy wood on my parents’ property near Mountainburg, Arkansas. The lovely Frog Bayou River offered up choice Sycamore branches and a few root balls, and an old plantation barn on the property was finally divested of its walls.
This haul will be included in furniture created for our upcoming show, Eco-Delicious to be held between July12-14 at The Studio of Robert R. Norman. Contact Robert or visit our Events page for details, info@RobertRNorman.com
This is the barn we disassembled to create unique furniture for our show. It's located near Mountainburg on my parents' property. The age of the barn is unknown, but Robert discovered that the wood is Sycamore, probably cut from the riverbank and planed to make this barn wall.
Here's a shot of Father's Day collection weekend. I'm putting a root ball I found into my kayak. Our dog, Dancer, swam along to supervise
Suzanne Norman is Robert's wife, writing to keep his fans updated and give them the inside story on Robert's work.