A fallen tree should never die quietly, never mind who’s around to hear it.
With the success of oneTree 2015 and oneTree 2017, the Bateman Foundation and Live Edge Design have once again partnered to bring you oneTree 2019.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the life of a single tree through the beauty of art.
Aaron Stevenot, Karmanah custom joinery, Victoria, BC. Live edge pivot door.
Andre St. Cyr, Fine Woodturnings and Woodcrafts, Duncan, BC. A host package for a dinner party.
Andrea Keenan, Cumberland, BC. Steam bent lights.
Antonia Olak, Qualicum, BC. A charcoal drawing of the Westhome's Big Leaf Maple on a wooden panel.
Arnim Rodeck, Shamawood, Duncan, BC. Creation depending on wood.
Bernard Schissel, Victoria, BC. An Intarsia project of a white rhinoceros as part of an endangered species series.
Bev Thompson, Studio 553, Duncan, BC. A wood block of the home and tree and surrounding area.
Brennan, Sooke, BC. Depending on material, a variety of sloyd items.
Brian Rombough, straitXpression, Victoria, BC. To re-create the majestic movement of bull kelp.
Bruce Hodgson, Victoria, BC. Carving.
Cam Russell, Coventry Woodworks, Cobble Hill, BC. A set of three boxes.
Chiarina Loggia, Victoria, BC. Panels, Print and Poetry.
Chris Zumkeller, Zumkeller Woodshop, Cambell River, BC. A stylized depiction of the initial moment a stone hits calm water and the ripples it creates.
Christi York, Duncan, BC. Wall Hanging. Copse.
Colby O'Brien, Karmanah custom joinery, Victoria, BC. Coastal Wolf inspired coffee table.
Curtis Neufeld, Neufeld Furniture, Duncan, BC. Mid Century lounge chair and ottoman.
Dallas Gara, GaraWood, Calgary, AB. Hand sculpted custom rocking chair.
David Martinello, Alternative Woodworks, Mill Bay, BC. Sculpture.
Debbie Dell, Oshawa, ON. A fused Glass tree.
Detlef Grundmann, Victoria, BC. Coffee table.
Doug Zech, Calgary, AB. Courting bench.
Eric Gesinger, Gesigner Furniture, Victoria, BC. Morris type chair with ottoman.
Eric Sundstrom, Solid woodwork ltd, Calgary, AB. Non turned vessel.
Eugene Laughren, Shawnigan Lake, BC. The Bird Cage.
Francisco Munoz and Dean Simpson, CityArtWorks, Victoria, BC. Mandala.
Frank Armich, Frankly Yours Unique Woodworking, Parksville, BC. Mirror.
Gary David, Duncan, BC. Turning, carving, painting.
Geoffrey Burton, Victoria, BC. Bed.
Georgia Collins, Shawnigan Lake, BC. Painting of the maple tree.
Gus Frenchy, Duncan, BC. Coast Salish style wall art.
Hector Uriostegui and Kayden Dorma, Independent Artist and Nature´s Furniture, Cobble Hill, BC. Modern concept coffee table.
Ian McKenzie, Victoria, BC. A traditional barrel.
Ian Warren Murphy, Campbell River, BC. Freeform laminated wood sculpture.
Jacob Humphrey, Pacifica Woodwork and Design , Duncan, BC. Charcuterie boards.
Jennifer Lawson, Cowichan Bay, BC. A painting of maple leaves from the ancient tree
Jesse Toso,Töso Wood Works, West Vancouver, BC. Coffee table.
John Bateman and Robert Bateman, SaltSpring Island, BC. A collaborative piece between father and son.
John Lore, Live Edge Design, Duncan, BC. A dining suite.
Jonathan Braden, Happy Deer Design, Victoria, BC. Sculptural furniture piece.
Jordan Cassidy, Cassidy Woodcraft & Design, Victoria, BC. Ocean resin art.
Josh Macadam, Aurora, Duncan, BC. Hand forged, fixed blade knives.
Jude Murphy, Jude Murphy Furniture and Cabinetry, Victoria, BC. A console table/desk with legs that represent an otter swimming through kelp.
Justin Dunning, island Glass Wings, Victoria, BC. Stained glass bird.
Karen Trickett, Coventry Woodworks, Cobble HIll, BC. A jewelry/ Diary Chest.
Kathryn Miller, Miller Modern, Cumberland, BC. A bent lamination settee.
Kayla Yearwood, Sooke, BC. Danish cord lounge chair.
Kevin Neufeld, Nanaimo, BC. A tea chest.
Larissa, Aquila Studios, Courtenay, BC. A wood burned/ woodcut (printed) design.
Larry Martell, Victoria, BC. Sculptures.
Lindsey Millikan, San Francisco, CALIFORNIA. Live Edge oil painting.
Luke Hart-Weller. CopperWood Gallery, SaltSpring Island, BC. Bar stools.
Marc Blouin, Inspired Objects, Victoria, BC. Folding table.
Marc deMontigny, Measure & Sprout Design, Victoria, BC. Geometric art piece.
Merlayna Snyder, Victoria, BC. Sculpture.
Michael Crawshaw, Victoria, BC. Wall mounted lamp.
Mike Randall, Kurva Design, Victoria, BC. A free standing lit sculpture of a water droplet.
Myra Gusway, Play writer and Director, Burnaby, BC. A short 6-8 min long readers' theatre play.
Nick Clarke,The Boneyard Wood Company, Duncan, BC. Coffee table.
Paisley White, Ember & Coal Studio Woodworking, Duncan, BC. Tea cabinet series.
Phil Clark, Artisan Furnishings, Sorrento, BC. Bedside table.
Randy Mugford, Randy Mugford Design, Portuguese Cove, NS. Console table.
Reuben Forsland, Joi Guitars, Comox, BC. oneTree emblem guitar.
Rob Horsman, Drinkwater Elementary School, Duncan, BC. Collaborative wind chime.
Robin Shackleton, Sylvan Temple World Instruments, Errington, BC. A Spanish and Peruvian drum.
Sara Marrieros, Mill Bay, BC. An abstract weaving.
Sarah Fraser, RiverPool Creations, Duncan, BC. Tambour door tea cabinet.
Scott Gillies, Azara Effect Productions, Victoria, BC.A family of swans sculpture.
Solarbud Hnetka, Solarbud Gallery, Thetis Island, BC. Solar pyrography landscape on sculpted wood.
Stéfane Dimopoulos, Atelier Dimo, Duncan, BC. Two benches shaped and carved from one solid beam.
Steve Doreen, Lone Tree Guitars, Lake Cowichan, BC. A concert sized guitar.
Steve Neil, Ladysmith, BC. A liquor/wine cabinet.
Sue Pyper, Courtenay, BC. A layered at piece with wood, acrylic and copper.
Susan Jean Whyte, Crofton, BC. Jewellery.
Tammy Blair, Blair Woods, Comox, BC. A Kolsch Kranz or "Beer Wreath".
Meghan Johnson, an anthropology student at Camosun Colege, Victoria recently interviewed the owner of Live Edge Design and found of the oneTree concept, John Lore.
As a co-founder of Live Edge Design, how was it for you seeing this project come together, and how did it feel to see the final exhibit with all the art pieces?
I visited the tree before it came down and had an argument with a squirrel over whether his home was more important than the human homes beside the tree that were in danger because of the split in the trunk. I supervised the milling, drying and was involved in the wood selection for most of the artists. I designed a dining suite and door that I was very proud of, but when I saw all the pieces at the exhibit, I still could not fathom the variety, quality and creativity and the thousands and thousands of hours of work from more than 50 artists. I think we were all amazed and proud of each other.
You designed the table, titled "My Dinner With Andrew"- how did the inspiration for that come about, and what was that process like?
Originally I wanted to make a round table, but I could not cut the massive slab that, to me, represented the tree itself. Instead I designed a table using only that one plank of wood, bending the top down into the legs, keeping it simple in the mid-century modern style, with the live edged single slab giving it a west coast natural element of bringing nature indoors. Since the table was now “West Coast Modern”, I designed the chairs to match the same fusion of design. The name is a play on the 1981 classic movie “My Dinner with Andre”. According to my ring count the tree was planted in 1906, the same year the house next to it was built by Andrew Wright, who was to become a very influential citizen of Victoria. As we were making the table, I came to wonder what the conversation might be like if I had been able to sit down to dinner with Andrew at a table made from his walnut tree and recount his days in early Victoria. My female colleagues here pointed out that I do not know that Andrew planted the tree and perhaps it was his wife, who is mentioned in historical documents only as Mrs. Andrew Wright, common in the day.
Tell me a bit about Live Edge Design!
Furniture making has been a 23 year journey, becoming Live Edge Design in 2005. We have about 25 employees and make furniture for luxury west coast style homes as well as for hospitality in Canada and the USA, primarily from urban salvaged trees that we mill and dry ourselves.
What would you say was the purpose or mission of this exhibit? Were there certain themes or concepts that emerged?
These are the three pillars of the oneTree project: 1) To celebrate the history and importance of a single tree. It is unique for a living thing to stand in one spot for more than a century, providing shade, habitat, nutrients for the soil, sustenance for animals and humans, and even providing a playground for the local children. Many plant, animals and people miss this tree. 2) To showcase the great wealth of artistic talent in so many fields, turners, carvers, painters luthiers, jewelry makers, sculptors, and furniture makers. Mainly from Vancouver Island. 3) To demonstrate the economic value we can get from a tree. That we don’t need to ship a log to China or chop it into firewood. $440,000 worth of art came from this tree. In addition, we employed arborists, crane operator, videographers, millers, kiln operators, gallery workers and are bringing tourists to Victoria.
This project seemed to be very locally inspired with a unique backstory to it. Would you say it's representative of Victoria or Vancouver Island? How so?
The tree was a local celebrity. Most of the 51 artists are from Vancouver Island with their own backstories and their work is influenced by their surroundings. Vancouver Islanders are fascinated with this project because of their love for nature, the environment in general and the arts.