Greg Klassen is a craftsman who's extremely attuned to his environment. "I live in the Pacific Northwest and find inspiration in the trees, the rivers and the fields," he writes. "I love the idea of taking a discarded tree and giving it new life." To that end, Klassen has developed a beautiful line of furniture called the River Collection, and it features an unusual twist on the "live edge": Each tabletop is two halves with the live edges running down the center. Klassen then hand-cuts a single piece of glass to make up the difference.
The resultant pieces, which are of course one-of-a-kind, resemble landscapes bisected by a river.
And while his professional journey was a long one—Klassen earned a degree in theology "before I traded in my textbooks for a handplane" and studied furniture design and woodworking in California and Sweden—at least he doesn't have to go far, these days, to find inspiration or raw materials: "The [River] collection," he writes, "is inspired by the exciting edges and vivid grains found in the trees sustainably taken from the banks of the Nooksack River that twists below my studio."