Market: Wood Trays for Nourishing Moments

Market: Wood Trays for Nourishing Moments

Published on Thursday, April 29, 2021. This article appears in the Spring 2021 issue of American Craft Magazine.
Wooden try with black and white mountain pattern on a couch with plant and other objects

This serving tray from Infinite Abyss is made from reclaimed wood and comes in three sizes. Learn more below. Photo by Samantha Hartman.

A Nourishing Moment. Handcrafted trays help create meaningful experiences—like enjoying breakfast outside in the sunshine, gathering the things you need to care for someone you love, or holding your most treasured objects. Wood pieces like these need protection from water damage, so use coasters when carrying drinks—or display the trays on their own to enjoy their beauty.

Combining their love for Japanese and rustic Southern aesthetics, Eric and Lori Wright of ME Speak Design in North High Shoals, Georgia, created this tray from hand-carved and charred Georgia cherrywood. They added a hand-forged brass staple to stabilize the crack. Photo by ME Speak Design. / $625

mespeakdesign.com | @mespeakdesign

Round two-tone wooden tray with natural gash and brass staple
Rectangular tray made with reclaimed planks with simple black and white stained mountain pattern

Infinite Abyss is a one-woman operation based in Wyoming. It’s run by Samantha Hartman, author of Wood Pallet Wonders. Hartman made this serving tray, painted with a modern mountain pattern, from reclaimed lumber and found barnwood. Photo by Samantha Hartman. / $62–$110

infiniteabysshandmade.com | @infinitesbysshandmade

Modern and geometric, this hexagonal tray—its arrow design created with warm walnut and ash woods—is made by Norman Leigh, the husband-and-wife woodworking team of Leigh-Anne Riebold and George Norman Schaefer in Chicago. Photo by Chelsea Ross. / $85–$110

normanleigh.com | @normanleigh

Hexagonal tray with two-tone geometric wood pattern
Oval wood tray with grid pattern over deep blotchy coloration

R. Patterson of Milton, Georgia, makes objects—such as this one made from wood, cloth, dye, ink, paint, shellac, varnish, aluminum, and resin—to be displayed on their own. “Some people call them trays. I get it, they look like trays,” he notes on his website. “That implies a utility that I don’t confirm or deny.” Photo by R. Patterson. / $400

rpatterson.com | @rpttrsn

Inspired by art nouveau, Gothic architecture, and nature, sisters Audrey Heimgartner and Rachel Sasaki of ERRA Design in Brooklyn, New York, designed this maple “New Nouveau” tray. After their brother, Glenn Heimgartner of Plank Road Woodworks in Charlottesville, Virginia, sources and cuts the wood for each piece, they embellish it with a printed pattern, inlaid handcrafted brass, and semiprecious gemstones, such as the aquamarine and opal in this tray. Photo courtesy of ERRA Design. / $250

erradesign.com | @erra_design

Rectangular tray in light maple with intricate printed art nouveau pattern and brass corners

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