It’s incredible when you see something you’ve dreamed of come to fruition. As many of you know, my partner Brad and I have started to merge our ideas together. When he was working on an emerald ash wood custom table the topic came up about what an ash tree leaf looked like. So we started to research. I loved learning how to identify and spot different types of trees out in the woods. Sadly the emerald ash tree has been dying at a rapid rate because of the ash tree borer (The emerald ash borer is a green buprestid or jewel beetle native to north-eastern Asia that feeds on ash species.) The amazing part in this tragedy is that Brad and his buddies (Ned Gearing, Landon Heavener and Rhett Miles) started a company called Rocktown Urban Wood where they can use this beautiful locally sourced wood to create one-of-a-kind custom pieces. Brad’s first wood working company Knoched VA began in 2014 and he continues to create beautiful tables, frames, benches, shelves, you name it! Together with his partners, they are serving the Shenandoah Valley with gorgeous unique custom furniture.
Once I sketched the ash tree leaf I was hooked. Every time I walked around the neighborhood or took a hike, I couldn’t help but pickup a dried leaf on the ground or gently pluck one from a branch. I would take it home, open our tree book, or search the web for answers on what type of tree it came from.
This research and interest quickly turned into a “ah-ha” moment when Brad and I were talking and we both looked at each other, “what if I painted a leaf, and you made a frame for it out of the very same tree?!” Mind blown. Not just your typical framed art pieces. It had a story of its own.
So off to the races we went. I was busy researching, sketching, painting, dreaming while Brad was busy in his shop making the custom frames.
And then, this last Wednesday morning we assembled them all. Carefully placing the glass in the frames, attaching the leaf prints and the backing, and voila, our dreams had come to fruition.
These are just the beginning of an adventure. We plan to research many more and get busy making lots of framed leaf prints with local trees! For now, I will leave you with the first three. Sycamore, Red Oak and Red Cedar. Right here from the Shenandoah Valley and ready to hang in your home.
Which one is your favorite? Do you have one you would love for us to create?
If you’d like to purchase one of these specifically, you can do so at OASIS fine art and craft in downtown Harrisonburg, VA. You will find them with the rest of my prints and photographs, along with 35 other artists from the Shenandoah Valley and all of their locally made art!
If you’d like a framed print, or have an idea, we’d love to create one for you! Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.