benches \ coffee tables \ dining tables
The Mermaid Bench series is one of TDS’ signature furniture lines and are made from selected reclaimed drift wood and specially formulated concrete. The wood is always sourced from the water – there is life and a story to every piece. They end up looking like animals/beings – half water / half land – which is what made Teasdale think of mermaids, hence the name. The mermaid benches are classified and named by the type of wood they are made of, or the sourcing stories associated with them. Works in progress include dining tables and console tables.
101’’ x 18’’ x 24’’.
Jan’s bench was originally sourced on Constitution Island, which is part of West Point. Teasdale had previously scouted, so he knew there were some nice old logs around those parts. Paddling up close on a large canoe, equipped with his chainsaw, Teasdale harvested the wood from under the view of a beautiful golden eagle nest, perched in the trees overhead. The birds watched him work as he cut the wood, lugged it onto his canoe and paddled back across the river. This particular piece had over 200 hours of work on it as wood has to season one, sometimes two years before it is then cut down and shaped as desired. Once milled, then the concrete is molded. Jan’s bench has a lot of little details, like the back rest. It ended up with a collector in South Florida.
65’’ x 12’’ x 17’’.
This log used for this piece was hauled out from under the water, on Teasdale’s back, at a beautiful point of the Hudson River. Black locust gets harder with age and is incredibly resistant to rot and decay. Due to its nature, some of the old stumps may have been seasoning out there for over 100 years. With so much character and so many shapes crafted by time and the elements, they really are gnarly and interesting pieces of wood to work with. It is certainly the most dense wood, and the hardest to cut – when processing it, the blades go really quick. This bench currently resides with a collector in Boston.
84’’ x 18’’ x 18’’.
All the Mountain Ash mermaid benches are made up of half sections of one huge old ash stump that Teasdale found at Manitou point on the Hudson. He hauled this one out himself and cracked a rib while flipping the log up into his truck in the process – it probably weighed about 300 pounds! Teasdale really loves working with these old stumps & giving voice to these old trees. The nature of the wood itself determines the direction and scope of the piece. As an artist he finds it refreshing to listen and reveal what's already there, rather than imposing his will upon the process.
52’’ x 13’’ x 19.25’’.
This particular piece was made from Cedar sourced out in Fire Island, part NY’s Long Island seaside coast. Teasdale harvested the wood from a boat early one morning while scouting the Fire Island Sound; there he noticed this cedar log poking out of the water. Cedar is naturally weatherproof; its made for one of the most interesting pieces of the series.
bridgehampton black locust
56’’ x 8’’ x 18.5’’.
This piece is made from black locust, hand harvested from the Hudson Valley. It now resides in Bridgehampton, NY where it was commissioned to become part of a design collection. The design highlights the elegant thin tapering center of the piece, in which it appears as if the form of a woman is tip-toeing on the ground. It is surprisingly stable for it’s form and perfect for sitting at the foot of a bed, or gracing an entrance way.
65’’ x 12’’ x 17’’.
Teasdale’s children accompanied him on the adventure when this beautiful old locust stump was harvested from a remote point on the Hudson River. It made quite a site – kids, a log, and chainsaw, all piled into a wheelbarrow, hiking through the forest. This black locust bench takes on the spirit of an elder standing on one leg and a cane. The nuances of the wood are clearly seen in this piece, the sinewing traces of color and texture, resembling a sand canyon in Utah or a flowing river rapid in Colorado. The piece is currently part of a private collection in NYC.
Mountain ash twins (a)
36’’ x 66’’ x 18’’.
Mountain Ash Twins A & B are both crafted from a old Ash Stump sourced from a remote point on the Hudson River. It was so huge that hauling it out required a whole team effort. Bench A features a large root, which angles off the main body of the stump. Teasdale mirrors this unique feature in the equally angled concrete. This piece was intentionally designed to set into a corner – or to stand on its own – indoors, or out.
118’’ x 10’’ x 17’’.
Teasdale crafted this 10 ft. long beauty from a rare Blue Spruce log he sourced from a remote point on the Hudson River. The rich grains and texture of the Blue Spruce are accentuated by the forms and feeling created from how Teasdale expertly lays his concrete. This piece is part of a private collection in the Hudson Valley.
Mountain ash twins (b)
52’’ x 13’’ x 19.25’’.
Mountain Ash Twins A & B are both crafted from a old Ash Stump sourced from a remote point on the Hudson River. It was so huge that hauling it out required a whole team effort. Bench B is beautiful and elegant in its simplicity: a seamless integration of concrete and wood, it features an unique inlay of concrete at the heart of the stump. It was designed for indoor, or outdoor use.
78’’ x 16’’ x 18’’.
Crafted from a gigantic Ash Stump hauled out of the Hudson, this piece came to life literally through blood, sweat and tears: while flipping the log into his truck, Teasdale cracked a rib in the process. However, the final result was, “well worth it,” he said. The perfection of age, weathering and coloration of this wood is remarkable. By paying homage to the beautiful lines of the wood through the subtle beveling and angling of the concrete work, the integration of each material is seamless. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, the piece also forms part of a private collection in the Hudson Valley.
The Mermaid Tables are accentuated by the alchemy of materials, producing clean and iconic lines. Hand milled hardwood from local trees – Maple, Sycamore, White Oak & Black Walnut – and seamlessly joined to stone, creating the perfect balance between hard and soft, rustic and modern. Sizes/scale includes coffee tables & dining tables.
16’’ x 19.5’’ x 56’’. Sourced from a beautiful old maple log, this piece highlights the gorgeous nature curls of the maple grain and its golden hue. The voids and lines of the wood are seamlessly joined with concrete, creating a stunning work of art for the living room.
16’’ x 21’’ x 58’’. Crafted lovingly from an old storm-fallen Sycamore tree, this piece highlights the perfect balance of wood and concrete with 3 butterfly joints – a nod to the mentorship from Teasdale’s elders. It is a perfect heirloom piece for the home.
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