We are Storyboard Furniture Ltd, a company of young artists and woodworkers in Toronto, Ontario with a passion for salvaging urban trees, fine craftsmanship, and storytelling. Our focus has been custom one of a kind furniture that articulates the story of a tree's life, and often continues the relationship to an individual who owned that tree.
Now we’ve been given access to salvage the wood of an historic dying apple orchard. There are 400 trees slated for destruction at the Ferri family’s Big'r Apple Farm in Huttonville, a region that is quickly being swallowed up by suburbs. We are honoured to be in a position to tell the story through this campaign and our woodworking. We would like to use as many of these trees as possible to make hand sculpted spoons, fruit bowls, platters, and even furniture, but we need your help.
With your help we can help give this orchard a new life in the form of these hand crafted items. The story of these trees that was once rich with blossoms and fruit could become a part of your life and story.
To start the campaign we have a number of exclusive perks for your contributions. Check them out on the side bar, and in the media gallery. Check back with us in the coming days. We will be posting new product perks through out the campaign. You can get the very latest updates on items yet to be released on our facebook page.
Please note: Canada wide shipping is included in the listed price. Please contact us for international shipping rates.
Apple Wood Broach by Scott
A colourful cross-section of apple branch cut and mounted on a broach backing. Approximately 3" in diameter and 3/8" thick. Each broach is unique. Branded with our limited edition apple wood initiative branding
Serving Platter by Brian
These apple wood serving platters have defined square edges that are broken up by a touch of live edge. Roughly 6.5" by 12". Comes on rubber feet to elevate your presentation. Discounted from $50 to $30 Until 11:59 PM EST Monday February 25.
Spreader knife by Mike and Dennis
Hand carved from durable apple wood following the grain of the wood, the spreader knife is roughly 8 inches long. the blade is about 1/8" thick and tapers to a thin sharp cutting edge along the fron and bottom so you can easily cut into soft cheeses and cold butter. it is also ideal for spreading jams and jellies.
Forward by Karen King
A minimal, single-serve shelf, Forward keeps your favorite title within reach. Hang just one or in multiples.
Shelve a book
at a time, whether you are in the middle of reading it, or adding to your book queue,or in love with the cover. Keyholehangers allow this shelf to be hung horizontally, vertically or at a 45. Use for easy access, display, and reading lists. 11x2x2.5"
Apple Wood Coat Hook by Joshua Brassé
Transforming the typical hook into a thing of beauty, the hand-turned Apple Wook Coat Hook by Joshua Brassé is sure to inspire your guests.
Designed, hand-turned, and laser etched in the ideacious studio in downtown Toronto, with relentless attention to detail, from the shallow curve on the surface, to the simple (and hidden) hanger bolt, the extremely durable and sturdy Apple Wood Coat Hook couldn't be easier to install. 4.25 x 1.5" [hardware included]
Spirit Tree by Joerg
This set of apple wood branches and a fitting base lets children build and rebuild
homes for their favourite nature spirits - gnomes, fairies or elves.
The pieces included are just the beginning: the structure can be combined with found objects from home and nature - pieces of fabric, felt, twigs, leaves and moss. Every tree house set is unique and includes a base and approximately seven or eight branch pieces that connect with one another in many different combinations
Large Spoon by Andreas
These spoons are great for serving. Each has a unique shape that follows the grain of the wood for its strength and character. To make them branches are chosen for their shape, roughed out with an axe, refined with knife and rasp, hand sanded, oiled and waxed. It happens over the course of weeks. If rushed they will split. At the end is a spoon that is unlike any mass produced utensil. We feel this commitment to craftsmanship honours the generations of effort that went into growing the apple trees. We want our products to last for generations as well.
Spatula by Andreas
Incredibly strong yet flexible, these spatulas are unlike anything you've seen mass produced. They'll be flipping pancakes long after you
Laddle by Andreas
These laddles are a the peak of spoon craftsmanship. Only particular branches of a certain size with a 90 degree crook are used. This allows them to be made without the grain runout you see in mass produced utensils. For the last 8 days of the campaign, these elegant laddles are on sale for $130 from $150! That's $20 off, nothing to shake a laddle at!
Fruit Bowl by Mike
This fruit bowl is hand chiseled from a split branch, an elegant addition to any kitchen. Providing a rustic yet modern display for your apples and other fruit. Dimensions will vary slightly from bowl to bowl. Roughly
Abstract and surreal the imagination has depths to be discovered within each one. Signed, dated, numbered, and branded with our limited edition apple wood initiative branding iron.
A wall mounted light sculpture made from a naturally warped slice of apple wood that floats off the wall. L.E.D. lights mounted behind it and illuminate the wall, emphasizing the organic form o the wood. Finely sanded and varnished, the patterning of the wood grain reads both like a painting and a sculpture.
Bench by Mike and Dennis
Walking the line between rustic and modern, this bench is thoroughly contemporary. It is made from one apple branch for the top and one piece of steel for the base. It measures roughly 36" long, 16" high, and 12" wide. Branded with our limited edition apple wood initiative branding iron.
It will cost $45,000 to salvage this orchard and tell its story. Here’s the breakdown of where the money goes:
- indiegogo and bank transfer fees: 7%
- direct expenses toward making the products, consumables, rentals, maintenance: 23%
- what the artisans making our products take home: 42%
- taxes: 8%
- capital funds for tooling: 20%
We have a well equipped shop which over the past several years we’ve set up with good quality industrial machinery. The scope and timeframe of this project demands additional capital investment that is beyond our current means. The 20% from above, amounts to about $9,000. This money will go towards the purchase of a small kiln, a spindle and stroke sander, a chainsaw, and an upgrade for our dust collection system.
Our team of artists and woodworkers have an immense amount of combined relevant experience in the fields of woodworking, metalworking, sculpture, arborism, equipment operation, warehousing, logistics, and business that gives us the resources we need to succeed in a project of this scope.
We have also partnered with ideacious.com and a few of their Toronto designers to add to the awesome products available.
We bring our work "from tree to table" because we see our pieces of woodworking as vessels for storytelling as we celebrate the life of a tree. A tree's life is a story that does not end with its death. There is an interconnection between all things. As we feed the worm in death, a tree serves us with its wood. We like to illustrate the beauty of this with an analogy. Imagine sitting in a chair made from the wood of an oak tree you climbed as a child. Or imagine putting your fruit in a bowl made from an apple tree that once gave you its fruit. This is a richness that cannot be bought in a big box.
Opportunities like this are becoming increasingly rare. Larger apple tree varieties like these are not typically planted anymore. The type of apple trees planted now by farmers are called "Super Spindles". They grow almost like grapes, completely flat, and straight up, tied to a fence of high tension wires, but never develop a trunk of any size.
This is a story that needs to be told now, and we hope that it will be told by you every time you use these objects and as you create your own stories with them.
If you can't give up a couple weeks of coffee to buy one of these great products we understand... it's a recession, right? If you still want to show the love, here is what you can do:
- Get involved with our Storytelling Challenge. You can find out all about it on our blog: http://storyboardfurniture.blogspot.ca/
- Post a link to our page on your Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Use the share tools on indiegogo to give us a bump.
- Blog about us. This brings some serious love!
- Tell your mom.
Basically it boils down to telling eveyone you know in as many ways as you can.