Cherry branch table
Pennsylvania cherry surface, Pennsylvania eastern hemlock branch outer bark Kanna finished (left without ceramic finish); end grain carved concave sealed with ceramic finish, coopered white oak base finished with hand-ground Sumi ink stick
71 (l) x 21 (w) x 28,5 (h) cm
Unique work, 2021
Austin Voll established studiovoll in 2017 as a research and design studio that makes furniture through spending time with natural materials. The project has been greatly influenced by a year spent in Japan living with Toshio Tokunaga and his sister studio Ichi in Nara – studiovoll works on wood using Kanna as the main tool and finish. Wood is cut by a point. As Austin points out, these ancient methods are new material research for living with wood in a more direct natural relationship. Handmade tools involve the senses in deep observation of a tree’s patterns of development, the choices it has made in its environment, its struggles curving towards the light, its relationships with its kin, and the others that make up shared ecosystems. studiovoll conducts research into how living spaces can be made more harmonious with natural networks.
About Cherry branch table
” (…) Furniture is not about cool chairs. Furniture is a technique, a technology, that allows for distinct philosophies of living in this world to become more common in necessity. In this natural world, the human is an extension of it; its rhythms and interactive complexities need to be digested and acknowledged by our age of networks. This natural world shows complex systems that anticipate both death and regeneration.
Some oaks have been known to live for a thousand years or more. Episodes of their life have been divided into 300-year mythologies by ancient cultures. “Three centuries he grows, and three he stays Supreme in-state; and in three more decays.” (John Dryden b.1631).
The closer to death an ancient tree gets the more life it supports, the more relationships it has with its surroundings, its seasonal birds, its chemical signals, nutrient collaborators congregate in microscopic oot communities, cavities; broken limbs, house new residents, soil, and even new trees, all are further extensions of the tree. Winds wring rotted trunks from roots. Felling giants. Their homes open to more life in death than in life.
studiovoll seeks awareness of biological systems, other than humanities, to change our philosophies and regenerate our systems of living.” Austin Voll