A study of contrast in homage to craft traditions

The Bough collection is a study in contrast. It explores the meeting of the traditional and the modern, between delicacy and resilience, substance and lightness. The visual tension achieved by mixing heavy slabs of wood with slender, sculptural legs draws upon the functional beauty of Shaker furniture and Japan’s Sashimono tradition; the collection’s elemental simplicity is produced by complex, concealed joints of surprising strength. Each detail is precisely executed with the highest standard of craftsmanship to emphasize the beauty of the solid hardwood construction.

Requiring a level of precision not commonly found in woodworking, the complex joinery used throughout the collection was developed by Kalon over the course of two years using the most advanced manufacturing methods available. The strength of this joinery allows pieces to have a strikingly substantial feel while remaining visually light. Blackened steel detailing was inspired by traditional Japanese metalworking and ironware techniques, particularly tetsubin cast iron kettles and the labor-intensive wara-ibushi patina technique.

As with all of Kalon’s work, pieces are built in the United States from exclusively domestic materials. There are only a few shops in the country that have the machining capacity to mill to the precision required by the collection. After milling, the pieces are built and finished by Mennonite craftsmen in Pennsylvania.

The collection includes a large trestle table, a smaller trestle table/desk, a round table, a large bench, a smaller bench, stool, and bar stools. It is available in American Ash, Black Walnut, and White Oak.

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