We learn that Matthias work with domestic woods that are harvested in the US. He explains, “Two years ago, I moved to Wisconsin and began using wood that is harvested here by local arborsists. The trees that are cut down are from crowded forests that need more sun for the younger trees to grow healthy. I believe wood is a great renewable resource when grown and harvested correctly. I certainly do not support rainforest woods or clear-cutting.“
Matthias has used the steam bending process in much of his work, but his new pieces including Deviated Path use the natural bend of the wood. He says he seeks out solar or air-dried rather than kiln dried wood as it is less brittle and it “bends nicely”. “This search led me to some great locals that used the slower processes of drying the wood. Ideally, I look for air-dried wood that has been drying for one year or so, but the solar dried wood works great too.”
Matthias uses a water-based non-toxic epoxy glue to hold the wooden structures together. You can see more of Matthias’s furniture on his website as well as examples of his beautiful wooden sculptural pieces.
Congratulations Matthias on a sustainable process and a brilliant result.