Wood I, Fall 2015, Instructor: George Gordon

Bent Lamination Project: Plant Holder (2015)

"Using laminated parts, design and create a plant stand utilizing the strengths and advantages of the materials."


-Use the 2 parts molds created in class to make laminated parts

-Parts consisting of 3 layers of ash veneer

-Plant pot must be between 3-5" diameter, 4" square minimum

-Plant must be suspended a minimum of 8" from surface

-Utilize the strengths and advantages of the materials. For example; tension and compression, strength of bent material

-Explore plant orientation

-Clever combinations and simple connections

-Craftsmanship and attention to detail

-Efficient use of material and resources

-Design functionality

Initially, I found a piece of scrap material and created an arbitrary curve. I used this jig to explore the use of a single curve through the use of mock laminations made out of chipboard.

I then made a jig out of the piece of pine we were given, and added an extra part to my curve in order to maximize my curve's potential. I decided that I wanted to create a continuous piece, connected by lap joints.

My plant holder was designed to hold more than one plant. I wanted my piece to not be confined to the idea that it was created by a single curve, although it was. The form of my plant holder was determined by looking at the forms of succulents, using the laminations to create negative space and shapes I thought replicated these forms. I wanted to create a plant holder that utilized the strength of bent material. All laminations are connected through the use of lap joints and long-grain to long-grain glue-ups. The plant holder was sanded and laminations were shaped in order to create an overall organic form.