Echos of the Past: The Bidwell Desk
Claro walnut and shed antler furnishing, a collaborative art piece
Named after American pioneer Major John Bidwell's autobiography, published in 1900, this desk honors the man who carried the seed stock of this North American exotic tree by wagon train to the Sacramento River Valley to be used as root stock for fruiting walnut trees. These trees were planted for a short historical period and the richly figured wood is now prized for making the finest rifle stocks. This sophisticated surface is supported on one end by shed antlers artistically combined on a structural steel frame paired with an expertly crafted continuous live edge waterfall leg.
A collaboration with Shawn Rivett Designs, this piece was shown at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the Fall of 2019. We were thrilled to be awarded the Best Artist Mixed Media blue ribbon for best collaboration!