This past weekend, my mountain dresser, named "The High One" won second place in woodworking at the Gumbo Show at Burlington College. This show featured over 150 artists showing beautiful work in painting, sculpture, film, music, literature, photography, wood, and mixed media. Here is a photo of my piece that won:
Originally inspired by a photo of a silhouette of a rock climber, I wanted to build a dresser with a rock face profile. An Army friend of mine who summited Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska in 2008 served as the perfect excuse to build a dresser in the shape of a mountain.
This dresser, used to store climbing gear, is my interpretation of Denali, referred to as “The High One” in Athabascan. Wanting to immerse the viewer in the entire dresser, there is no external hardware. The crevice running down the entire front serves as the handles for the two main doors as well as hand holds for the two bottom drawers and the top hatchback door.
Carved using an angle grinder, the hills and valleys are not random. The front two doors are the topographical map of Denali and the Alaskan Range. The two peaks of Denali are seen on the left door; Muldrow Glacier and Ruth Amphitheater on the right. The actual topographical map is image transferred inside the bottom drawer.
The skyline of the Alaskan range is seen in two places. The first is the image transfer inside the top hatchback compartment. The second serves as the divide between the base and the bottom drawer. The two peaks of Denali are on the right just beside the crevice.
The image transfer on the inside of the main compartment is a photo of Denali (copyright Bradford Washburn, courtesy Decaneas Archive). Mr. Washburn took many photographs throughout Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, and his images were routinely used to create maps.
Wanting to give the feel of a rock surface, I sandblasted and then oiled the entire dresser. Highlights were painted using gel stain (and channeling my inner Bob Ross).
** all photos credit Amanda Lass. A big thank you, Amanda! to see more of her photos, go to: http://alass.zenfolio.com/