Poplar trees with plywood Four Poplars Detail fo armrest Poplar seat with the front trees cut Poplar seat without its back

Poplar seat number 1

For this project Poplar plywood was used for the seat, armrests and stretchers. It was coated with a bio-based paint and beeswax. Holes were drilled in the Poplar plywood for the stems to grow through. Within a couple of years these stems grew thicker and connected with the plywood. Therefore there was no need for any form of joinery or extra materials.

This was the first experiment with growing Poplars and started in Autumn 2017. The front two trees were cut just above the arm rests in Autumn 2019 while the other two trees continued to grow. Unfortunately, in the following year in Autumn 2020, the two remaining trees snapped during a storm.

Design and creation: A.J. Velthuizen.

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