Furniture makers pay tribute to Wharton Esherick
When a tall tulip poplar tree that had long shaded the Wharton Esherick museum, former home and shop of the famed furniture maker, had to be taken down last year, the Esherick estate invited a group of 42 artists and craftsmen to build pieces from it.
The result was “Poplar Culture: A Celebration of a Tree,” which went on view May 20 at the Pennsylvania museum and was featured in the Readers Gallery of Fine Woodworking’s September/October 2012 issue.
We were only able to show a few of our favorites there, but you can see more by going to the museum’s website.
And for even more, watch this video that shows everything from felling the tree to watching the artists at work.
The poplar tree outside Esherick's studio.
When building this cabinet, John C. Sterling left the natural edges on the planks he chose from the Esherick poplar as a way of honoring the tree.
James McNabb used laser-cutting on the sides of the drawers of this shelf. The pattern was inspired by an Esherick cabinet.
Ken Bell based the design of this basket on factory-made produce baskets made from poplar that he'd seen as a child growing up in southern New Jersey.