Local materials, local craftsmanship, local customers – Atelier Espenaer

Local materials, local craftsmanship, local customers

Looking at this huge table top while working on the table base. What you see is common ash wood (Dutch: ‘Gewone es’) salvaged from a tree that once stood in Amsterdam by the foundation Stadshout. It is for a conference table commissioned by Milieudefensie, an environmental organization and the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth, for their office in Amsterdam.

It’s a great pleasure and honor for me to work with salvaged wood from my own hometown and to make something functional out of it for an organization that I personally support and is based in Amsterdam too. I like the idea of local craftsmen using locally sourced materials to create sustainable objects for local customers. Surely this won’t always be possible, but I certainly hope to see more of this in the future.

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