• Old Wood

FR 2

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

The architect for this interesting project was the UN Architect of the Year in 2011, out of Johannesburg. The Client is an interesting ‘True Hero’ type who built this extraordinarily researched, time consuming, and of course, expensive project as a private office near Chicago.






The architect for this interesting project was the UN Architect of the Year in 2011, out of Johannesburg. The Client is an interesting ‘True Hero” type who built this extraordinarily researched, time consuming, and of course, expensive project as a private office near Chicago.

The tree was from his childhood, the desk structures are called Aedicules after the enclosures monks in the Middle Ages would retreat to in the monasteries. I have heard some stories about this client that would surely make for a great movie! The wood for this project is very special, as they needed “blue stained” pine. When they called, we had just been asked by the NM State Land Office to harvest and remove hundreds of hazardous pine trees burned in the Dixon Apple Orchard Fire at the south end of the Las Conchas Fire, which nearly burned the Los Alamos National Laboratories, and in the end did over 178,000 acres. See the video of our mishap in the flood following the fire at our video page!

A unique project like this calls for a similarly unique floor, and the cross-hatched, wire brushed pine panels created just the right effect. This floor was a first-ever, panelized, blue stained pine in 5” boards, glued up to Baltic Birch, phenolic resin plywood. The panels were then pressed, trimmed, splined, wire-brushed, and oiled with our own Old Wood House Oil Blend. The wood for the Aedicules is of the same source, cut and finished on-site.