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Unique driftwood furniture

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Thought I’d share some photos of unique driftwood furniture.

I snapped these shots of a set of deck furniture my parents have at our family cottage in Pugwash, Nova Scotia. My mum bought these pieces (a lounger, side table, loveseat and coffee table) a couple of years ago at a store in Port George, Nova Scotia called Candle in the Window Museum. Port George is a tiny fishing village on the edge of the Bay of Fundy. The store has a range of local artifacts and handcrafts, specializing in unique designs from local artists.

Local artisan Martha Dings made this furniture by hand, using scraps of driftwood and other items she found on the shore. I love its rough, twisty edges and its worn patina. Martha also built handy drink rests for the arms of the chairs. Rot resistant, the furniture is incredibly solid and can withstand any kind of weather (it’s great knowing it won’t blow away, no matter how hard the wind gusts off of the Northumberland Strait).

Candle in the Window storeowner Sharon Barteaux told me that Martha scouts for wood all along the Fundy shoreline—from Delaps Cove to Margaretsville. In her designs, Martha also uses broken bits of antiques she finds on the shore, old lobster crates, pieces of broken fishing shacks and beaver wood. Beavers have chewed on the edges of this wood (isn’t that cool?) and their markings create interesting textures and edges. Martha often finds this kind of wood in the spring, when it flows along brooks that empty into the Bay of Fundy.

I thought I’d note that Sharon is wanting to sell her store this year. She’s had the business for 10 years now and is hoping to retire. Hmmmm, summer in Port George sure sounds like heaven.

What do you think of this furniture?