Over the passed couple of years I have developed a very successful relationship with a local cabinet maker and furniture designer. Jeff Barratt of Jeff Barratt Woodworking has built a number of the pieces you see on our website including all of the cabinetry in the Basas Residence and the Burnt Mountain Residence. Our successful collaboration and my confidence in his work led to this cherry side table for my wife.
In our preliminary discussions about the piece, Jeff and I looked at an image I saved from a magazine. My wife Stacy requested that it be made of cherry which is a good choice for its beauty and durability. Jeff and I talked about keeping the frame simple for the design aesthetic but also as a way to save some money. I proceeded to draw it in three dimensions using SketchUp Pro 6 and emailed it off to Jeff who did some shop drawings. After a quick review together, he was ready to get started.
Through his local network, Jeff found a cherry tree that had been cut down right here in Charlottesville. It was milled and kiln dried a few mile away in Albemarle County. As the side table started taking shape, he applied a couple of non-toxic finishes to some scraps for us to choose from. Although the natural oil was beautiful, we decided on a spray applied, low VOC urethane.
Our collaboration and mutual committment to sustainability yielded a piece of furniture I will be proud to pass on to our 9 year old son - in a few years!
-Jeff Sties, Principal / AIA / LEED ap