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at last… this is my (winning!) entry into the current artisan crafts ‘recycled inspiration’ competition : the rules were simple – materials must be recycled, inspiration must come from a known designer / artisan etc. have a look at the other entries here : [link]

i notice that i am not the only person entering this competition that has been inspired by frank lloyd wright : one of my favourite architects, one whose approach to building resonates with me. a few years ago i was able to visit and tour around his most acclaimed residential work ‘falling water’ at bear run, pennsylvania. i had always admired the images i had seen, but the reality of the building, as a home, a work of engineering and the incredible setting stuck with me profoundly. if you don’t know what falling water looks like then here’s a link : [link]

this shelving unit is inspired by falling water, i reclaimed the mahogany from a completely trashed bookshelf unit that had been dumped out in the bin compound here at the school i work in. i had a lot of work to do to get it usable again, thicknessing it down to rid it of the graffiti and nasty thick varnish, then ripping it down to usable sizes. the actual design of the shelf came from both falling water and the key pieces of timber that i had, based on their length and what i could get from them. all the corner joints are dovetailed with 5 tails making a total of 80 tails altogether, where the members cross they’re simply bridled together. it is simply finished with oil.

the shelf has metal brackets at key corners and cross members that allow it to be screwed to the wall, it can be hung at any rotational angle giving it an incredible number of different expressions, although
for me to represent falling water i think this way up is the most suitable!

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dimensions – 1300mm x 900mm
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flw shelving system by =thebailey This is excellent craftsmanship with wonderful and practical design and it's all made of recycled materials!! ( Featured by Myana )
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jean-moss Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I'd like to buy one from you. Could you quote a price?
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Artist
sorry, but i'm not making furniture these days - retrained as an architect a few years back. your best bet will be to find a maker near where you live and ask him to make something similar, always good to support the local economy!
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tommirock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Awesome work!!!
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edctpsu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
great work!
maybe you would like to join ~Craftcycle:iconcraftcycle:
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Artist
thanks very much... looks like a cool club, i'd love to be a member! i'll add it to my watch list.. :)
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edctpsu Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
:) I'm glad you think so.. it really needed some exposure being so new... :)
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sibbysibby Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
hehe. Woodwork is sexy!

I know you have probably already answered this somewhere in your many many comments, but... How do you hang it up on the wall without ripping out the drywall/hunting down the studs?
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thebailey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional Artist
thanks : one of the benefits of solid masonry walls is that you can hang stuff on it really easily. where the uprights & shelves intersect, or at corners, there are metal brackets which you then screw through into plastic plugs in the wall...
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sashamya Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
i want this to put in a house i will some day have.
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Artist
lol : glad you like it - thanks for the :+fav: too! :)
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khai87 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
it almost look like a heartshape.
great one n congrats fer the DD :)
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Artist
thanks : much appreciated...
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This deviation has been chosen as a feature of the week
on *Word-worth-1000-pics which is a community project
promoting visual art deviants
It has been found from the word : "GIVING " :devart:
you can see it featured here: [link]

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thebailey Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Professional Artist
WOW! thanks so much! this is such a privilege : i am honoured... :bow:

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KinkaGirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool! Everyone seems to want one! What would you do if someone copied it? :/ I sure wish I had building skills. The only building I'm good at is making origami boxes...
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Artist
there's not all that much i can do to stop people copying it to be honest. although if someone started marketing it i'd do everything possible to come down on them with all the design right laws i could...

glad you like it though!
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KinkaGirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yah, but if you did have to have a lawsuit, you have all these people on DA who could back you up! If you marketed it, I would totally buy it :heart:
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Raph1966 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow. I could use that for my collectibles. Beanies, Death Note figures, etc. Nice design! :D
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Professional Artist
you could use it for many different things... glad you liked it!
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zmot Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
i love it! great design!
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:iconerene:
erene Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
This is a brilliant design!!!
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
glad you like it! :)
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erene Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
I love it!!!
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RadhaRaju Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want one in my house!! O_O
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
lol : thanks!
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Elleiancole Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
That is so cool....Such a cool shelf!!!
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
and it works too... even better eh?!
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iDarkBrown Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
nice

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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
indeed it is... :horns:
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iDarkBrown Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
:peace:
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BlutigWolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
All I can say is...that's pretty cool. I can't analyze the "why" there. Congratulations on your Daily Deviation!
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
why can't you analyze the 'why'? glad you liked it though!
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Draith Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Sorry to comment twice, but one thing I forgot to mention is that I also really liked the way the setup allowed for that negative space in the center areas. Those shapes also follow the theme and angles from the rest of the piece, and somehow allow this to continue beyond its physical boundaries!
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Draith Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
I do so love Mahogany...

This is really interesting. It grabbed my attention from the thumbnail, beyond it just being among the day's features (Congrats, by the way).
I really enjoy the meandering quality of this, and the way it (though asymmetrically) flows towards the center and downwards.
What really intrigues me is that one cavity that is not a simple rectangle, but a more varied polygon. Yet even though it's different and stands out as such, it still follows the same pattern of lines and angles, which preserves the continuity of the piece while adding some variety and disrupting any possible monotony.

This is a really neat piece, and I'd love to see it first-hand on a wall and be able to witness how it shifts as you rotate it! Great design, and (from viewing the link) I can see how it was inspired by the house. Very cool.
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
hey! thanks for the great feedback : the idea of continuity was lurking in my mind whilst i was designing it. i wanted it to look like a single piece that kinda got twisted and wrapped around the things that would eventually be put on it. i seems it worked!

i'm really pleased you like the indent into the largest box, i had another comment where someone thought it kinda ruined the aesthetic, but as it was dictate by the materials it simply HAD to be there. it's one of my favourite elements of the piece i think.

i've only mounted it in one position on the wall, what would be a neat progression is making it mountable in a number of rotational angles without having to drill new holes in the wall each time, kinda like a 'lift off, twist and remount' system... i'll have a think about that... ;)
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Netbug009 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Student Writer
Very nice! This would look cool in lots of different formats, like glass and metal too.
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
thanks! if i had greater skill in working those materials i would undoubtedly give it a go!

nice to see a fellow christian deviant! :)
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Netbug009 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Student Writer
yay Christian deviants! There's a club ya know. :iconchristians:
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool!
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
ta very much!
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Solsolisdeus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007   Writer
deff cool
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
deff thanks...
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Moniquekat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just way beyond awesome. What I wouldn't give to have a shelf in my room like this! XD It looks fantastic. A great way of showing art through something so simple as a shelf, indeed. *nod* I love it! :+fav: Congrats on the DD, too. Very well deserved :D
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
:) thanks for the fav too!
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Moniquekat Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problemo~ :D
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Raelor Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Good job! Very nice shelfing :) :+fav:
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thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
:bow:
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dothacked Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Awesome design.
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:iconthebailey:
thebailey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Artist
glad you like it!
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