Truckee man creates functional art
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; When Jacob Morrison goes wood collecting, itand#8217;s not for firewood. The Truckee native has developed a keen eye for spotting logs and limbs that are suitable for his one-of-a-kind rustic furniture pieces.
Morrisonand#8217;s passion for woodworking took root during his years at Truckee High, where he repeated the wood shop course three times. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in biology and summer stints as a tile layer, in 2007, Jacob and his wife Lindsey moved to Portola to start up his Rustic Tree Creations business.
Searching for special chunks of wild wood, or taking someone elseand#8217;s throw-away lumber, Morrison has a unique way of allowing each piece to speak to him, envisioning how it will best be utilized as functional art.
Morrison also spends time scavenging old tools from antique shops and flea markets, refurbishing them for use in his craft. Recently, he took a group of unusable relics and made them into a chair that he calls his Rustic Chairmakers Chair. It won the Peopleand#8217;s Choice award at the North Tahoe Arts Gallery May showcase.
The whimsical Art Seat called Dancing In The Wind is a playful design from lodgepole pine branches and#8212; the legs dance while the back is blowing in the wind. The seat is fashioned from a reclaimed Turkish shipping crate. Those who try out this chair always remark on the surprising solid comfort despite its appearing as though it might whisk them away.
Currently, a variety of works from Rustic Tree Creations can be seen at the Artisans Market Place on Donner Pass Road in Brickelltown, Truckee (just east of Burger Me). The art co-op features 19 local Artisans and is open daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information about Rustic Tree Creations, contact Jacob Morrison at (530) 832-5435.
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