Wood Wildflowers is collaboration between father and son. All of the work produced by father Theodore Nienow and his son Nathaniel is based on their love of nature. Nathaniel learned the craft and business from his dad, Theodore. In the workshop located in northern Minnesota, he continues with both Theodore’s timeless creations while he also structures new bolder, more colorful designs. The flowers begin with extensive photographic research, taking notes of the shapes, color and texture during the blooming stages. Flowers are chosen based on color, shape, and simple elegance. Once they have decided on a flower, art meets engineering. Making wood flow into smooth, delicate curves to mimic flowers in nature can be a difficult task. The many discarded prototypes lining their shop walls are proof of that.
Recreating wildflowers in wood is a process of selective simplification. They try to key in on the most distinct characteristics of a flower (often developing new production techniques as they go) and build up levels of detail until satisfied they have an elegant and accurate, yet reproducible representation of nature.Inspiration for the vase designs can come from almost anywhere. The silhouette of a bird on a pond in the morning will often inspire an entire week spent in the shop cutting out new vase shapes, as is evident in the “Signature Series “vases.
Occasionally while browsing through the lumber pile, a piece of beautifully figured wood will jump out and demand to be featured prominently in a new vase design, as was the case with the “Feather Series” vases. As avid outdoorsman, both father Theodore and son Nathaniel are grateful that their work keeps them in such constant contact with nature. As Nathaniel says, “Not many people can take a walk in the woods and call it research, and for that both my dad and I are truly grateful.”
“Creating everlasting beauty for every stylish home.“