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flw shelving system by thebailey flw shelving system by thebailey
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!

time taken – approximately 26 hours
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 )
jean-moss Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I'd like to buy one from you. Could you quote a price?
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!
tommirock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Awesome work!!!
edctpsu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
great work!
maybe you would like to join ~Craftcycle:iconcraftcycle:
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.. :)
edctpsu Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
:) I'm glad you think so.. it really needed some exposure being so new... :)
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?
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...
sashamya Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
i want this to put in a house i will some day have.
thebailey Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Artist
lol : glad you like it - thanks for the :+fav: too! :)
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