In the eyes of Harris Clark, of Farm Tables Etc., form/function is a beautiful, mutable thing.
In 2008 Harris Clark and his future wife, Courtney, were living in Wilmington, North Carolina, but soon enough they found themselves relocating to Western North Carolina in order for Clark to start a career as a firefighter.
As Clark now recalls, of his unplanned second career’s genesis, “I quickly fell in love with not only the rolling pastoral landscapes of Haywood County, but with the beautiful old barns and historic structures that dotted the local farms. Each hand hewn building tells such an amazing story, oftentimes a century old and still functioning as intended. When these barns were built, there were no plans or companies producing them. Each one is a completely unique manifestation of its owner’s hard work and imagination, becoming even more unique with time as the sun and weather contribute to its texture, color, and character. Even more intriguing were the number of these barns that lay rotting on the ground, up for grabs for anyone who would haul them off. And when this antique wood is used to make furniture, even though the form and function of the lumber has been transformed, the piece seems to cling to this unique character—lending to whatever shape it now takes a soul and personality that do not exist when the same piece is built from traditional lumber.”
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