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The Deal: Wholesale prices and a party at studio of woodworker William Stranger

January 25, 2011 |  6:00 am

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Furniture maker William Stranger, known for his use of free-edge timber and reclaimed wood, has branched out. Last month he showed the Learn About Fire lamp, above, constructed from an olive tree burned in the 2009 fire at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The hanging shades are made from cherry veneer remnants.

Stranger displayed the piece at a show for Art From the Ashes, a nonprofit group that raises money for people and businesses affected by the fire. Now the furniture maker will be selling this work and a limited number of other designs at an open house and sale this weekend in his Pasadena studio. The one-of-a-kind lamp, originally $4,400, will be marked down to $2,200. The Fragment vases and Tava coffee table made from a section of bowling lane featured in an earlier L.A. at Home post also will be on sale.

Dial M end table 2 Vases will start at $145, cheese boards from $70. The woodworker also will unveil the Dial M end table, shown at right in acacia but available in locally salvaged walnut for $700.

Stranger said he is staging his pieces as a gallery show to celebrate his 25th year in business.

"I have always wanted to have a party at my studio, so there will also be a party on Friday night," he said. "Making it a sale seems like the thing to do in the middle of a slow recovery," he added, referring to the economy.

Most pieces in the weekend show, including tables and chairs with open knotholes, are being offered at wholesale prices, said Stranger, who also sells his work at the Gallery of Functional Art in Santa Monica. Additional pieces can be ordered during the show with discounts based "on material availability and complexity of design," he said. 

The sale will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 3202 E. Foothill Blvd. No. 6H in Pasadena. 

Can't make it? No worries. Check Stranger's website for examples of work, then call (626) 405-0927 or e-mail  ws@strangerfurniture.com for a quote as well as shipping details.           

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: William Stranger 

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