andrea branzi @ carpenters workshop gallery, paris

Recently, we’ve seen bundles of birch logs being sold at delis around New York City: cheap enough for an evening’s cozy fire. Since we don’t have a fireplace, we’ve admired them as a lovely, elemental raw material – right on our doorstep – and mulled what we could do with them; we’ve been meaning to buy a pack just to have and see where they took us.

This morning we came across this shelving unit designed by architect Andrea Branzi – a simple birch log inserted into a simple black bookshelf, that makes for a charming and surprising visual.

So now we ARE going to go out and buy some logs before they’re gone with winter.

Some birch packs aren’t always white birch, so you may have to pick through them if that’s what you’re looking for…

We’ve heard that TrueValue Hardware sometimes sells them. And various sizes of birch log bundles are readily available on Amazon. Wilson’s Evergreen sells many sizes, including long birch poles.

andrea branzi @ carpenters workshop gallery, paris


andrea branzi @ carpenters workshop gallery, paris

We’ve got birch logs on our minds…

More pix of Branzi’s work here.

via You Have Been Here Sometime


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3 replies on “birch logs for book cases and other household accents

  1. I worry that these logs could easily be trees cut down near streams…..what is the source that makes them so plentiful they can sell in bags in NY??

  2. What precautions are you to rake when bringing in a full twelve foot birch for decorative purposes into the house

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