Manzanita, coast of Oregon

manzanita

“This chair began with a poem. 'Manzanita' by Gary Snyder inspired me to seek out art festivals in Oregon so I could see this tree and look into using it to make a chair. I was accepted to the Salem Art Fair and Festival (where my chairs won top honors), so I had my chance to look for Manzanita, compelled by its mystique. After the show, I went to the coast and saw this amazing, red, twisty tree. It took a few days of talking to the Forest Service to find the proper permit and area I would be allowed to harvest. This was the first time I had harvested outside of my home state of Colorado, and I was amazed at the density of the forest. I hadn't thought I would stay to build a chair, but inspiration caught me when I saw the tight twisty red curves of Manzanita branches.”

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Coast of Oregon
Coast of Oregon
Manzanita in a dense forest
Manzanita in a dense forest
Red Manzanita branches
Red Manzanita branches
Harvest
Harvest
Harvest
Harvest
Pile of Manzanita branches
Pile of Manzanita branches
Workspace set up
Workspace set up
Design begins
Design begins
First arm attached
First arm attached
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Back complete, seat attached
Back complete, seat attached
Side shot
Side shot
Front leg and arm attached
Front leg and arm attached
Frame is complete
Frame is complete
Oiled, runners attached, ready for upholstery
Oiled, runners attached, ready for upholstery
Tooled leather before dyeing
Tooled leather before dyeing
Completed!
Completed!

 

Manzanita

by Gary Snyder

 

Before dawn the coyotes
     weave medicine songs
     dream nets -- spirit baskets --
     milky way music
          they cook young girls with
          to be woman;
     or the whirling dance of
     striped boys --

 

At moon-set the pines are gold-purple
Just before sunrise.

 

The dog hastens into the undergrowth
Comes back panting
Huge, on the small dry flowers.

 

A woodpecker
Drums and echoes
Across the still meadow

 

One man draws, and releases an arrow
Humming, flat,
Misses a gray stump, and splitting
A smooth red twisty manzanita bough.

 

Manzanita the tips in fruit,
Clusters of hard green berries
The longer you look
The bigger they seem,

 

     `little apples'