Made from ethically and locally sourced materials, each with it’s own a story to tell. Hard wood is reclaimed from New York State waters – from the Hudson River, to Fire Island, and the Long Island Sound. Certain types of Drift wood, like locust and ash, are favored woods to work with, because they have gone through an intense natural seasoning process, and thus, are naturally resistant to decay – perfect for pieces that are meant or destined to live outside. Concrete is mixed in small batches, utilizing a proprietary mix of local sand and reduced Portland cement content. Then, wood and concrete are married together into a piece that becomes both delicate and incredibly strong and stable. Each material is used to tell a story of folklore and design; weatherproof and crafted to stand the test of time, built with materials that will last forever.
TDS first got into the industry working with glass and ceramics, specializing in detailed inlay work that played with color and form. Today, some of that work is incorporated into current pieces, but more importantly it is the attention to detail that remains.
concrete + wood
CONCRETE + GLASS
CONCRETE + CERAMIC
Originally planted in the Northeast by settlers and colonists, especially around farming areas, black locust was a prized wood for foundations and fence posts because it is naturally resistant to rot and decay. Since it’s not native to this region, it is somewhat rare and hard to find. Over time – old river-side locust trees have died off and their stumps have been washed down the waters. Due to the almost indestructible qualities of this wood some of the these old stumps can be over 100 years old. A dense and heavy dark colored wood, it takes on almost a mahogany color when finished.
Ash is another type of beautiful hard wood. As the ecosystem changes, certain trees die off while others thrive. The forests of the Northeast used to be dominated by Chestnut and Elm, which are now long gone. The ash trees that are falling right now are producing some really beautiful wood. It’s a light colored wood that takes on a silver/gray color as it ages. Ash drift wood goes through the wet/dry seasoning process and weathers beautifully, because it is resistant to rot and decay. Ash is a dense and structurally sound wood, making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.
Cedar is one of the greatest trees to work with and is found all over the Long Island Sound. With big storms, overtime, some of the coastal trees get knocked down and go through the drift wood process, seasoning from the salt, sun, water and air. It’s wonderful to scout Long Island sound by boat to source and reclaim this material. Cedar is naturally resistant to decay and ages incredibly well – after all, large ships and barrels for storing liquids/spirits have always been made out of cedar. In the end, when the wood cures, it becomes a beautiful red color, making a cedar TDS piece a striking work of art.
EACH PIECE IS HAND-CRAFTED BY THE ARTIST, USUALLY ON A COMMISSION BASIS, WITH PRICES RANGING FROM $5,000 - $15,000. WE ALSO CARRY A SMALL INVENTORY WHICH SELLS OUT QUICKLY, SO DO GET IN TOUCH FOR OUR CURRENT STOCK-LIST. NEW PIECES CAN OF COURSE BE COMMISSIONED ACCORDINGLY WITH THE ARTIST \ GET IN TOUCH HERE. \