MOBILE "URBAN MILLING"
It can be devastating when faced with the decision to remove a tree, especially one that holds sentimental value to the property. Perrin Woodworking offers onsite milling, working with your arborist or tree removal experts to slab the tree in place, supporting a thoughtful & sustainable alternative to disposal. We then work with the property owner to create a beautifully crafted, heirloom furniture piece. One that will honor the tree and be with the property for generations to come.
Perrin Woodworking at White Oak Plantation
We were contacted by a client to create a custom wall sculpture for the lobby of a new upscale, apartment living complex in Charleston, SC. After meeting with the design team to get an idea of their vision, we immediately began brainstorming a concept for the Wall Sculpture. We knew right away that we wanted to feature local material. And something with a lot of history and character. Live edge slabs became the clear choice for the space. While sourcing the material, we were invited to visit the property of White Oak Forestry Corporation, a Sister Company of The Post & Courier, from it’s holding on the North Santee River. While on the property, a fallen tree caught our attention off in the distance. We asked to pull over to take a closer look. I was overcome with emotion as the tree appeared to be exactly what we were looking for. A Live Oak that we believe came down during Hurricane Hugo. We documented the tree and took our findings back to the client. We could not guarantee what we would find on the inside, but from what we could see on the outside, we all agreed to take the chance! From there, we assembled a team and brought our mobile milling unit back out to property. We spent several days milling the tree in place. After the first day, we were happy with our findings. But after the second day, we were ecstatic. The tree was presenting us with a phenomenal array of slabs. We couldn’t wait to get the material back to the shop where we could clean them and take a closer look. From there, the slabs were placed in the solar kilns to dry for several weeks. Once dried, we invited the client to the shop where we could work on the layout. We introduced several variations of the layout until we found the perfect flow among the chosen pieces.
The Wall Sculpture was installed at The Guild @ Courier Square in December of 2017. Stay tuned for more videos of the slab selection and installation!