Made in STL: Check Out How Collin Garrity Turns Tree Limbs into Art for the Everyday

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Collin Garrity has been transforming tree limbs into artistry that walks the line between beautiful and practical in his Dogtown garage studio since 2014. Initially taking to the world of woodworking on his own, he sharpened his skills through North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College work program and began building classical guitars. Now, Garrity is thoughtfully crafting items ranging from cherry wood butter-spreaders and walnut bowls to geometric necklaces and rings—all with a practical purpose and signature minimalistic style.


examples of Garrity’s work | photo by Wesley Law

Garrity uses reclaimed wood for much of his work: Oak, hickory and cherry are  currently in his rotation. The small imperfections in the pieces speak to Garrity’s reverence for the naturally flawed beauty of wood. He embraces the cracks and nicks, taking a lesson from the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, in which imperfections are celebrated rather than hidden or fixed. Garrity’s spinning tops are the showpieces of his collection and have proven to be some of his most popular items—even landing him a collaboration with Shinola Detroit for a larger iteration of the work. Garrity continues to build partnerships both globally—Lemaire in Paris and Once Was Lost from Australia—and locally while moving toward the creation of larger pieces. The thick walnut tables at Sump Coffee, for example, are among the artist’s most recent projects.

Garrity’s pieces can be found locally at East + West, Mesa Home, Philomena + Ruth, Urban Matter, Enamel pop-ups and Future Ancestor, as well as at Simply practical. Practically perfect.

This story appeared in the August 2015 issue.

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