Process #1: Process: Sustainable Wooden Jewelry by PrasseinDesignStudio

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Blog entry by Etsy posted 09-26-2008 09:29 PM 2979 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a video produced by my multi-talented Etsian colleague Eric Beug. In addition to producing, shooting and editing the video he also composed the score. Check it out!

Process is a new Etsy video series that features the intimate relationship formed between Etsy sellers and the handmade items that they create and make available to the world through their online shops. Process is not to be confused with a How-To video, as each video is intended to show each seller’s unique artistic voice through the process by which their items come to be. 

This month, Seattle native Shawn Taylor of prasseindesignstudio is sharing her process of making a wooden wrist cuff with us in conjunction with our themes of woodworking and jewelry making.

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As a designer, Shawn works with architects designing spaces, and she applies her knowledge of certified wood and recycled materials in a way that makes her designs both safe for habitation and easy on the environment. Shawn is very passionate about sustainability and has partnered with ecohaus, a sustainable urban building supply company based in the Northwest.

While ecohaus attempts to reuse all of their materials in one way or another, the shipping crates that carry their bulk materials often break in the warehouse and then have to be chipped up to be effectively reused in other building materials. Through her relationship with this building supplier, Shawn has inserted herself into that ecosystem to prevent some of the more exotic woods from being destroyed by upcycling scraps into stunning yet minimal wooden accessories.

Shawn was kind enough to take me to the ecohaus branch in south Seattle, where we met Elliott Kopet, her friend and knowledgeable sales associate who led us through the warehouse, sharing various places for Shawn to scavenge for reusable scraps of wood. Shawn’s passion for wood was instantly revealed by her ability to accurately identify a variety of different woods all with varying degrees of weather damage. After gleaning what she could from the scrap pile, we continued to Shawn’s home wood shop in north Seattle where she transformed a piece of scrap lumber into a magnificent wrist cuff. The piece, Nature's Barcode no. 1, highlights the sustainably farmed certification stamp that was burned into the wood itself, sharing the story of its origins. As stated in her shop announcements, 25% of Shawn’s sales from the Natures Barcode series will be donated to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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#1 posted 09-26-2008 10:06 PM

Interesting! I wish I could identify the various types of wood like she does.

I worry about safety, though, when wearing sandals while digging through a pile of lumber.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-27-2008 02:12 AM

She paid a nice price for her wood, thats for sure. Some of it looked real nice for what I do. I liked that.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 01:22 AM

This is interesting.

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