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Thursday
Jun232011

Frederick Knight

Sometimes, we don’t know that we’re an artist until the opportunity presents itself. That’s how it happened for longtime carpenter, Frederick Knight of Cartersville, Georgia. It wasn’t until he threw in the towel and ended his building material business that he realized his true calling of making furniture. 

It all began when an old cotton mill adjacent to his property was being torn down. Frederick knew this was an incredible opportunity and quickly bought and salvaged thousands of pieces of Georgia heart pine wood.   

Frederick's first thought was to use the wood as flooring, which he started to do but without much fanfare. Then he got a phone call. Restaurateur and esteemed chef, Anne Quatrano asked Frederick to make a custom sized farm table of her design. She wanted the table for one of my favorite places in Atlanta, the divinely designed retail and café space, Star Provisions. That one farm table ignited Frederick’s passion to create custom furniture. 

I traveled with my sister to Frederick's studio in early spring. A big fan of carpentry, she was in heaven walking around the warehouse, asking a million questions while I took my time focusing on what to photograph in his enormous 35,000 square foot work space. Frederick, an imposing, teddy bear of a guy, will be the first to tell you that his pieces aren’t fine woodworking but more on the rough side. He relishes the imperfections, the nail and bolt holes that each piece of Georgia heart pine offers as well as its bold character and warmth.  

Frederick considers himself half blacksmith, half carpenter as he does all the wood and metal work himself. As he says, "Part of it is redneck engineering…redneck in the kinder sense of the word.” 

With enough salvaged wood stockpiled to craft over 6000 pieces, Frederick is busy as a bee (but a relaxed, content, often humorous bee) making custom tables, benches and bookshelves. His reclaimed, industrial chic style is certainly in trend with the times and who doesn’t love something handcrafted that’s also durable, one of a kind and stylish? If I could, I'd buy one of everything for me and my sister...To learn more of Frederick’s work or to order your own custom piece, visit his website here

 

Photos: Sweet Peach and The Reynolds Group   Content: Sweet Peach

Tuesday
Jun212011

Terrarium How-To

My sister, Laura lives in Boston and has the green thumb in the family. She makes beautiful terrariums but since I've always lived far away, I miss out on ever receiving one of these lovely, low maintenance creations. So I get my fix at Garden, an impeccably designed and curated garden shop on the west side of Atlanta.  

Chad Wellbrock, the Manager at Garden, offered me a few tips for creating your own terrarium. First, look for any plants that are slow growing that do not like a lot of moisture. Succulents often work best, but just remember that they will need a lot of sunlight to thrive. Chad likes using begonias too as they do well in this setting. You'll need a coarse soil mix next and Chad recommends a cactus blend. At Garden they've created their own special mix and offer it for sale if you live close to Atlanta...

When you're ready, place your soil in your glass container, (CB2 sells the pendant globes very cheap) then arrange your plants on a work surface until you find the combination that works best. To add height, try some pencil cactus. Just remember, the container should have an opening wide enough to fit your plant and your hand...

The biggest no-no is overwatering. Since spray misters can cause you to have to clean the glass, Chad recommends taking a bottle of filtered water and a drinking straw and siphoning a couple squirts of water for your plants just once a week. Easy peasy. Thanks Chad...

 

 First Photo, courtesy Sarah Dorio. Bottom Photo, floragrubb.com  Rest of pics: Sweet Peach. Content: Sweet Peach

 

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