“Practicing local” was the driving design and construction theme behind the donated display cart given to the Doylestown Food Co-op in late December 2013, just in time for the store to open. Franca Caserta, owner of Color by Design expressed the broad idea of the type of furniture element that would be needed to display the “meal of the day” feature sale items to be placed at the entrance to the new Food Co-op store. The cart design was then refined, constructed and donated by local rustic furniture artist, David Hughes of Weatherwood Design LLC. “I was fortunate to find several local tradesmen to donate some of their salvaged vintage lumber materials and hardware to the Co-op project and for me that was the quintessential part of this rustic furniture project, Hughes.” “Heck at one point, I was standing atop Mike Ivenz’s burn pile on a wooded hillside just outside of Riegelsville, peering through his castaways, to see what pieces still had enough structural integrity and historical character to make good for my project. This experience was like the modern day form of dumpster diving and TV’s reality based show American Pickers all wrapped up into one, except that the hazard level is a little higher with all the rusty nails sticking out everywhere.”
Hughes is especially thankful to Mike Ivenz (Recyclers of Old Stone Barns & Homes: 484-547-6910) for his generous donation of vintage lumber. In addition, Hughes acknowledged Gregg Gegenheimer of G.W. Construction, LLC from near Pineville, Bucks County who was also instrumental in donating historical lumber pieces to this project. The repurposed hardware and cast iron wheel barrow wheels were attained from Wayne Rickert who owns Architectural Antiques (www.oldhomeparts.com) in Bedminster, Pennsylvania. Additionally, thanks goes out to David’s dad, Merritt Hughes, who applied all the finishes on the cart and whose former porch floor boards and slate roof piece added to the historical charm of the finished cart. The design idea for the display cart was to evoke a local vernacular feel by borrowing the theme of a barn truss system or bent (…..one structural section of a barn timber frame) as the central frame for the display cart. In the case of this piece, a “queen post truss” is the design layout for the top section of the cart. Conveniently, using the queen post truss, allowed for the space to put the slate roof tile in the upper structure for use as a small chalk board. Almost all of the materials used in the display cart were once barn rafters, braces, siding or beams in a barn structure, likely from a barn dismantled right here in Bucks County or adjacent communities. Now these pieces resurrected from the burn pile, will carry on with a new life, supporting the display of locally grown organic foods.
David Hughes of Weatherwood Design is a rustic furniture artist that specializes in rustic structures for the home and garden built from invasive plants and salvaged local wood. In addition, David is a Registered Landscape Architect specializing in native plant-based garden design, ecology and natural habitat design. See more at his website: www.weatherwooddesign.com.