Today, we release our line of custom hand crafted furniture and accessories for the home. The line will feature items built by local craftsmen right here In Ottawa, and will feature collaborations with other artists. The production line is exclusive only to happy homes, of good taste. We're excited for this new venture. It's just another step in the right direction as creative thinkers and makers. We hope you'll support us.
It's mid August, and we've been noticing city crews removing vast amounts of new and old growth ash trees as a result of infestations from the ash bore beetle. I was in the park the other night and noticed 6 large trunks strewn across the grass. The logs ranged anywhere between 14-24" in diameter and almost 9ft long. I couldn't help the thought of leaving them there, knowing the city's plan to remove and destroy every ash tree within the city limits, whether dead or alive to prevent further infestations.
So I did the logical thing. I rented an industrial grade furniture dolly and ventured out to collect them. Neighbours laughed, stared, and applauded as each 800-1200lb log was rolled slowly down the city streets.
Today we took inventory of our find, and we called upon our new friend Bob Parent to come out with his Woodmizer to slab the wood and prepare it for kiln drying.
With this type of inventory, you can expect some really exciting and creative works in the near future, such as reclaimed, live edge kitchen tables, island/bar tops, chairs, coffee tables and side tables. We probably won't stop there but we'll definitely enjoy the labours of our findings and start having some fun.
Creative people exist everywhere. However, in a digital world of streamlined automated manufacturing processes, and industrial engineered sequences, the craftsman has become somewhat of a rare breed.
Few of them are known. They exist in dark spaces, such as basements, garages, or backyard sheds. They operate from shoestring budgets. They don't have million dollar marketing plans or execution strategies. The items they create aren't necessarily precise, or uniform. The products they build have irregularities and oddities among like products. But, when you experience a product from the craftsman, what you will find, is a connection.
It's as though this thing built by its creator, has an almost ungodly like soul. It's a product with feeling. What is this feeling? Is it that the product was produced by someone locally that you had the pleasure of meeting? Is it that we feel the strokes and the effort that a human put into creating this product? Or is it knowing that the product is unique, and that this item is specifically yours in design, colour, material, intent or other?
Botan is a company that believes in well made products, built by people. We believe in the local economy. We love the satisfaction from seeing the finished result and the enjoyment that the owner experiences. It's about having purpose and we can't think of any higher purpose than waking up every day to earn a living, while doing what we love.
It's our passion. It's rarely a perfect process because after all, we are human. What we realize though is that we could never manufacture anything more perfect. After all, you'll never replace the Craftsman.
Fin Art :: Denver CO
I like to use this word sparingly since it tends to be overused when describing custom homes, but this house is truly - spectacular. The home's staircase extends through the home to the roof, providing incredible panoramic views to the valley below. The roof top patio is split by a green roof which borders the patio edge, providing a softscape in contrast to the hard surfaces. The facade was custom fabricated using Trespa exterior panels. These sheets consist of layers of wood-based fibers (paper and/or wood) impregnated with thermosetting resins. In this application, the design called for 232 panels which were modified using a CNC machine to achieve the pixelated perforations to produce the image of a tree.
Although simple in form, and in colour and contrast, the home exudes sophistication. One look at this home, and you feel the quality and durability.
It's hard not to look at this house and long for warm summer days again. The wrap around porch and the cozy rustic interior are fitting for this home's surroundings. The farmhouse style speaks to another time, but the quality of materials, and the simplicity of design will ensure that this home stands for many years to come.
It's a weekend retreat, as well as a backyard office, show room, pop up sales center, and a coffee shop? We're getting into shipping container modifications and construction. We're currently designing our first portable site office and sales office to be released near the middle of summer 2013. The use of these containers are almost limitless. We've also been approached to construct a food stand. Details to come.
Here's a great example of a weekend cottage.
There's nothing like the winter holiday. Sometimes we get too busy in life and lose our focus. The holidays certainly aren't a productive time, but that's exactly the way it's supposed to be. Refresh, reconnect and recharge.
Here's a video from this past weekend with a few friends, enjoying the fresh air. Hope you had an excellent holiday. Looking forward to 2013.
Here's a winter vacation worth considering. Conrad Rangali Resort in the Maldives. The resort is located in the Indian Ocean, suspended on wooden piers. What's even more impressive is its restaurant and sleeping chambers located 16ft underwater with 180 degree views of aquatic life. If there was heaven on earth, it most likely resembles this.
LED lighting is the light of the future. Efficient, clean, and small. This beautiful desk lamp features adjustable sliders that allow the user to open and spread the light across their desk in a way that is uniquely interactive. We'd love one of these for Christmas.
The gym as we know it is changing. People aren't as excited to have to fight over exercise machines, the high cost of memberships, and having another place to drive to - just to be indoors. Outdoor gym's are popping up across the country. They have been around for a while, but they're making a come back. Having used one at Laurier park, a recently renovated space in Montreal's Plateau area, and another here in town at the Nepean Sportsplex, I can attest to the benefits of working out in this type of outdoor space instead of a blaring fluorescent lit gym.
NewDealDesign is a design agency that has developed an impressive outdoor equipment set. Their prototypes are fabricated at their headquarters in San Francisco, CA with the help of qualified trainers. The equipment is durable enough to stand up to the elements and has been made so that it can be confidently used by beginners to the fitness elites with 20" biceps. It also looks great. Check them out.