"Mhak Collab"

50" x 28" x 17"

First off, I want to thank Matt @ Hellion for setting up this opportunity to work with a great artist from Japan. My goal with this piece was to have a large amount of surface area for Mhak to paint on on also give some nod to Japanese craftsmanship and simplicity.
This table was almost completely crafted from reused materials, the bulk of which is reclaimed red oak flooring.

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Here you can see Mhak's adornment a little closer, no stencils used in this - all hand cut designs.

You can start to see the floating table top from the side view.

Here, you can really see what I was going for on the profile of the piece. By hiding the way the top is attached it gives the table a very clean and simeple profile.

This photo is just after I finished the piece, before Mhak had seen it. You can see the quincunx I added on the leg (something I am enjoying putting on many of my pieces these days).

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Second Nature Design is run soley by Ed Challed. Ed is originally from Long Island NY and is a graduate from Syracuse University. After college he made his way to the Bay Area in California in order to pursue a career in the tech industry. He worked for many years doing web development, and after a large wave of outsourcing hit this industry and jobs were moved to India, Ed made his way up to Portland, Oregon. He has resided here for over five years and has been learning the skills of woodworking during this time. Ed works with a few basic goals; to use as much second hand materials as he can for a project, and to keep the concept of functionality in all of his art.

He spends time re-appropriating bits out of the scrap pile, doing his fair share of dumpster diving, and is continually on the lookout for inspiration and parts that fit the whole. Attempting to strictly use materials that are on their second or third life is an important part of the work process. Abundant resources have already been used to get materials to the consumer level initially, with their lives often cut short there is still great potential in what some might discard.

Though the concept of reuse in this capacity is nothing new, Ed hopes to intrigue and possibly stimulate others to creatively look at the potential of things around them. We have the capacity to make better use of the resources already tapped, and there is no time like now to do it.

Herein lies part of the ultimate solution to the new economy; think locally about your resources, get creative, and support your fellow craftsmen and community members.

If you have any ideas for projects please call or email. 503.860.3142 - info@secondnaturedesign-pdx.com

Thanks For Looking,

Ed Challed

For the time being my blog will be directed back to this site. After I really finished building out this site and get some more time I will begin the blog activity again. Thanks. -ed