A few months ago, Felicia Rivera asked for the largest Basswood Country Round that we had. Since Mother Nature creates the trees, we chose one in hopes that it would work for Felicia. She was using it for her Senior Art Show at San Francisco State University. When she said that she was making a piece of furniture, I couldn’t wait to see what she designed. Her creation is simply amazing. She graciously agreed to share her piece with us and with you through her photographs. She also included very well written instructions. We are happy that she received a good grade from her professor! Congratulations, Felicia. Best Wishes from Walnut Hollow for a bright future.

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Materials Used

  • Walnut Hollow® Extra Large Basswood Country Round
  • Glass vase of your choice (one selected is about 24”tall).
  • Potting Soil
  • Moss of your choice
  • Succulents of your choice
  • Rocks or Stones
  • Small scale weather stripping
  • LED Puck Light – battery powered

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  • Trace the shape of the vase selected to the back side of the wood round.
  • Center the puck light in the middle. The puck light should be a peel and stick to avoid the use of toxic adhesives.
  • Next cut small four sections of weather stripping also peel and stick and place them in four spots around the traced shape. This is to create a gripping seal while still leaving an air gap.

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  • Turn on the light and attach the wood round using the weather stripping grips made previously. You should be left with a ½”gap between your table top and vase. This will allow the succulents to get air.

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  • The piece is now complete!!

Completed Piece

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Designer Statement

My name is Felicia Rivera and I am a graduating senior at San Francisco State University. I was given an assignment to create a piece of furniture for our senior showcase that was not only pleasing to the eye but that was created out of green and recycled materials.

My design is inspired by light and shadow that is often times found throughout nature, I hoped to accomplish a design which would avoid the use of toxic materials.


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