Des Arbres Cultivés Patiemment et transformés en Œuvres d’art par Full Grown

Je suis de retour après une pause de Noël assez longue pour partager ce projet Kickstarter étonnant avec vous les gars. Des Arbres Cultivés Patiemment et transformés en Œuvres d’art par Full Grown.

Des Arbres Cultivés Patiemment et transformés en Œuvres d’art

Using ancient techniques combined with modern technology we grow, graft, nurture then harvest living trees into Chairs, Tables, Sculpture – anything you can imagine. Each piece is unique, epitomising elegant cooperation between nature and craftsmen that could last for hundreds of years. A Statement, an Heirloom and a Legacy.

Enfant en jouant dans le jardin, Gavin Munro a vu un arbre de bonsaïs qui ressemblait à une chaise. Essentiellement, c’était le premier tremplin dans ce qui deviendrait aujourd’hui une ferme d’arbres cultivés patiemment et transformés en œuvres d’art et meubles.

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Full Grown

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Full Grown

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Full Grown

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Full Grown

Comment sont fabriqués ces meubles?

In essence its an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows in to one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source materials. After it’s grown into the shape we want, we continue to care for and nurture the tree, while it thickens and matures, before harvesting it in the Winter and then letting it season and dry. It’s then a matter of planing and finishing to show off the wood and grain inside.

The whole process takes place over seasons and years – between 4 and 8 years to grow a chair – but when you look at how long and how much effort it takes us now to go from having no tree to the final wooden object, then you realise that the craft we’re a part of developing is not just more cooperative with the natural world; it has an elegant efficiency all of it own.

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Full Grown

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Full Grown

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Full Grown

Cela a-t-il été fait avant?

Yes, It’s been going on for millennia. Apparently, the ancient Greeks & Egyptians grew stools and the Chinese dug holes and filled them with chair-shaped rocks and grew tree roots through the gaps.

More recently in 1904 John ‘Dammit’ Krubsack planted the ‘Chair That Grew’. It took him 11 years and I can completely see why he was nicknamed ‘Dammit’! He inspired Axel Earlanderson who made the tree circus in the 1950s in California – sadly he died without telling anyone how he did it. He in turn inspired even more people, some of whom we’ve had the pleasure of meeting; The wonderful Dr. Chris Cattle (http://www.grown-furniture.co.uk) whose grown stools directly inspired me to take the plunge and have a go, and the creative and knowledgeable Peter Cook and Becky North, (http://pooktre.com) who have a great book to help folk start their own grown projects.

Leur première chaise prototype a maintenant trouvé une résidence permanente au Musée national d’Écosse. Avec le reste de son équipe, Munro a lancé un Kickstarter pour aider leur dernière année avant la récolte. Assurez-vous de visiter le site officiel pour en savoir plus.

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