Talented and eco-minded furniture maker Cliff Spencer seeks out reclaimed wood to repurpose into his clean-lined custom designs. One of his regular salvaging grounds is Napa Valley, where he reclaims oak staves discarded by commercial wineries. White Oak staves are used during the fermentation process to impart flavor when wine is aged in steel vats rather than traditional oak barrels. This process results in the ½ inch thick staves being stained completely through by the grapes; thereby creating a rich, warm tonal range that is truly natural. The darkest stains are the mark of Pinot Noir and the lightest are from Pinot Grigio.
When constructing his reclaimed oak wood furniture, Spencer uses recycled cores, non-toxic adhesives and plant-based finishes. At present, all pieces are custom made; however the shop is working on a “small line of “ready-to-buy” furniture.
Photos courtesy of Cliff SpencerPosted by Debra Emmons on July 28, 2008 3:37 PM
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