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“I feel blessed to have grown up on a farm in Herefordshire in the UK, living among nature and working with it from a very young age. As a child, I would roam freely amidst dense woodland areas, climb trees and work with animals. I see nature, and I see the beauty that is present in every living form. Finding that beauty is what inspires my work, whether it be the shape of the live edge, the intricate grain, a knot in a wooden slab, or the structure of a root system. Upon sight, my thought process for design is instantaneously triggered and thus begins the evolution of a natural, organic piece of art.”

– Jonathan Tommey

Jonathan Tommey and his family moved from London in 2012 and now live on a 40-acre ranch in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Tommey has used his surroundings to provide inspiration for each unique piece of furnishings he produces.

One of the growing trends in home décor is adding the “natural element furniture piece.” Live edge furniture is a stunning way to bring the beauty of nature into your living space. Not only will it add style and elegance to a room but each handcrafted piece provides a story, a conversation that will provide warmth and cohesion. From every growth ring to each live edge feature, each piece from Jonathan Tommey’s design collection has it’s very own blueprint, every design crafted to suit your family home perfectly.

From origin to evolution, the provider of the raw material for Tommey’s work comes from the tree. Since evolving over 380 million years ago, the tree has provided for man. It breathes oxygen, provides a robust, durable material for construction and provides each one of us with a source of heat, light, and often food. It is a sad reality that we rarely focus on this or give the tree a second thought.

Tommey hopes that his work will start a discussion to initiate an educational process that delivers the tree and its natural beauty back into the household.

“Man would not be able to evolve on this planet if it was not for the tree. The tree requires admiration, thanks and thought and I hope each piece I craft will spark that conversation in a household”.

Tommey’s style represents a distinct, organic decor. He uses live edge wood slabs, roots and trunks to produce a sophisticated blend of rustic and contemporary design, each piece individually built with you in mind.

DETAILED CRAFTSMAN

My late Nan Tommey always told me as a child growing up, “if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing it well.”

These wise words have stuck with me since childhood, and I have interwoven them into every one of my projects.

When it comes to my wood art the depth of detail is imperative, from the careful selection of the raw material to the form and features it possesses. Designing and constructing something spectacular comes from precision. Detail comes in many forms- size, shape, color, grain, age, and the uniqueness of special attractions such as live edge, bark, ant burrowing holes, crevasses and so on.

My desire is for each piece to “sing” to its audience and to do that it must have a unique story to tell and its beauty to reveal itself. I often take hours roaming around timber yards looking for the piece that jumps out at me. If nothing sparks my inspiration, then I’m not interested. There is no greater feeling than when you finally come across the piece that you know has everything you need to produce incredible artistry.

DETAILED BY DESIGN

As an artist and craftsman it is imperative that each unique piece exhibits the intricate detailing that provides not only an opportunity for the natural organic beauty to shine through but plenty of substance to initiate conversations.

Detail is therefore so very important from the selection of the raw material to to the inspiration for design it provides. The greater the detail the greater the number of areas to view, admire and discuss. Revealing the natural beauty may come from highlighting specific areas such as filling crevasses with colored epoxy, converting form and shape into natural topographical structures or simply selecting the correct finish to maximize the flow of grain, highlight bore holes or worm tracks and contours.

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“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”

William Blake