- Robin Wade Furniturefurniture design, present
- Graphic Communications, Graphix, Inc.
If you've ever floated Cypress Creek, and run across a guy paddling a kayak upstream with a few rescue wannabe labrador retrievers close behind, that was probably me. Going against the current has always, well, been the natural path for me.
Exposure to design and graphics came early with regular family projects. I had my first introduction to graphic arts when I was a child. An annual family project was designing and printing Christmas cards for family friends. My first experiences with typography, cutting screens with an exacto blade, and pressing the NazDar ink thru the screen with a squeegee were mesmerizing. A decade later, my first business, started when I was in college, was textile design and printing.
I still have the first table I designed and built in the third grade at Kilby School. With the top a mosaic of broken ceramic tiles with two equine screen prints, it's almost a really nice piece. As a child, I never would have guessed that four decades later, I’d find my life’s passion in the design and making of furniture. My first nature inspired piece was the creek itself. I spent most of my ninth summer working on the design of the path I thought the creek should take. Moving a handful of rocks at a time, I worked at slowly changing its course until instead of slow, uniformly flowing water, there was a wonderful fast-flowing bend with an opening only about three feet wide. If a fish wanted to be further downstream, he had to follow "my" path. I was on top of the neighborhood – omnipotent! a genius! I would regularly visit my work, many times sitting right in the middle of the stream - quite impressed with myself. Until I went to inspect my masterpiece after the inevitable eventual rain. All my work was gone. It was almost exactly the way it had been at the beginning of the summer. Initially devastated, I eventually got it: Nature is the artist. Once in a very great while, nature allows us to collaborate. Whenever the chance presents itself, I'm honored. After moving back to and remodeling (with locally harvested hardwoods) the little A-frame on Cypress Creek where I grew up, and receiving much needed comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation from the creek again, I am regularly reminded of this lesson I learned many years ago. I design and craft one of a kind furniture pieces from locally harvested hardwoods in Florence, Al. Showings are by appointment at Robin Wade Furniture. Please visit my log blog. See the below website if you are interested in walnut tables, cherry desks, cypress creek, timber tables, contemporary desks, oak benches, and handmade furniture.
- Kilby, Appleby, Coffee, UNA, University of Mississippi