Noted Pasadena furniture maker William Stranger will open his studio March 23 and 24 and offer his current inventory at half-off the retail price. “It’s nice to have all the pieces displayed in the place where they were built without having to find a gallery,” Stranger said. The corrugated metal building where he works is an old Navy facility where torpedoes were tested. “It’s a great looking space and it’s filled with tree slabs, and sometimes people fall in love with a piece of wood and get inspired to order a new piece.”
For the past 15 years, Stranger’s inspiration has been salvaged and recycled wood. Among the pieces on sale: the I Table, which the craftsman built for the “Forces of Nature” exhibition at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden featuring furniture and sculpture made from trees felled in a severe 2011 windstorm. Stranger used wood from a paulownia tree, a native of Asia used in Japan to make tansu cabinetry, to create the I Table, which he's reducing to $1,500.
"I chose a thin slab, removed the bark, flattened and sanded the board, then finished it with a linseed oil mix," Stranger said. "To contrast the organic form of the top, I fabricated a base from a piece of scrap I-beam discarded by a contractor neighbor."