Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa)

Cheryl Wassenaar's avatar Cheryl Wassenaar

I come from a family of woodworkers. My grandfather left Iowa in 1938 to work for Hekman Furniture. Like others throughout Grand Rapids, he built a small workshop in his basement and set about to turn planks of wood into form. A century before, another young man arrived with tools in hand. In 1836, William Haldane opened the first cabinet-making shop in the back of his home at Pearl and Ottawa. In a mere forty years, this emerging city would be known as the furniture capital of America. Ode to W. Haldane (Pearl + Ottawa) continues my investigation of the space between the commercial and the aesthetic, as I repurpose and reorganize functional wooden objects from our everyday vernacular. Ode to W. Haldane celebrates the legacy of design and craft that surrounds any maker and is passed down to the next generation. Like white archeological bones of furniture past, fragments push and pull in the suspended moment between inspiration, decision-making, and the first cut of wood.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 23"
  • Medium: wooden furniture, 1930's workbench, grandfather's tool belt, father's vise
  • Width: 12'
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 16'