Dockwood Bench 1
The Dockwood Furniture concept
We’ve always been fascinated by nature’s process of aging. In wood it takes so many forms: the lichen-covered log lying in a forest; a battered, shipworm-eaten piece of an old dock on a beach; the worn, ridged, silvered look of old outdoor furniture; or the smooth striations in the trunk of a dead pine without its bark.
Living in a seaside community, with thriving maritime and yachting activity, we were brought in touch with a certain kind of natural aging and deterioration: that of wood in the context of salt water, the seashore itself, and sea creatures. Being right on the water, we were constantly finding wooden flotsam, in the form of pieces of lumber from which docks and piers were built, or wood from wrecked boats, and even lawn furniture.
The wood we found had most often been in the sea for years. It was extensively battered and worn by the action of waves and the rocks and sand of the shoreline it washed up against. Nature had “sculpted” these pieces of wood into fascinatingly beautiful shapes, often wearing away softer parts of the wood while the harder-grained portions survived. Most interestingly, sections of lumber from old docks, which had been submerged in salt water the entire life of the dock, were riddled by tiny holes bored by countless thousands of shipworms.
Some experimentation led to the ability to construct sustainable furniture from the salvaged wood we found, and that’s how Dockwood Furniture was created.