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Razzmatazz crashed his bike, bent his wheel and fork. We combined the parts with a salvaged table top, finished with linseed oil, with tapered legs from cypress fenceboards. It rolls.

Razzmatazz crashed his bike, bent his wheel and fork. We combined the parts with a salvaged table top, finished with linseed oil, with tapered legs from cypress fenceboards. It rolls.

Crafted in partnership with the Rev. Mike Stivers. A two-tier table…nightstand table, coffee table, next-to-toilet table.  Made entirely from salvaged materials - the multicolor top pieces are old boards, distressed, rugged edges left as a part of their story. The legs were part of a door frame and the hinges remain on the upper legs. Finished with linseed oil.

Crafted in partnership with the Rev. Mike Stivers. A two-tier table…nightstand table, coffee table, next-to-toilet table.  Made entirely from salvaged materials - the multicolor top pieces are old boards, distressed, rugged edges left as a part of their story. The legs were part of a door frame and the hinges remain on the upper legs. Finished with linseed oil.

Bookshelf. 6’ tall, 20” wide. The funky right sideboard I picked up from a house renovation/demolition on Dauphine St, the red/white painted side board I bought from the Green Project and then distressed the old paint, and all the other smaller component pieces I picked out of a dumpster from the big construction project at the Bywater Arts Lofts II. The whole shelf is finished with linseed oil.

Bookshelf. 6’ tall, 20” wide. The funky right sideboard I picked up from a house renovation/demolition on Dauphine St, the red/white painted side board I bought from the Green Project and then distressed the old paint, and all the other smaller component pieces I picked out of a dumpster from the big construction project at the Bywater Arts Lofts II. The whole shelf is finished with linseed oil.

A massive order of 6 big tables and 6 benches for PJ’s coffee shop, soon opening near the Superdome. Better pictures forthcoming.

A massive order of 6 big tables and 6 benches for PJ’s coffee shop, soon opening near the Superdome. Better pictures forthcoming.

Dining table for Jayna, 5’ x 3’, the top is made from patched together cypress boards, the frame is beveled pine 2x4s and the legs are tapered cedar fenceboards, gloss tung oil finish.

Dining table for Jayna, 5’ x 3’, the top is made from patched together cypress boards, the frame is beveled pine 2x4s and the legs are tapered cedar fenceboards, gloss tung oil finish.

Coffee table. Cedar boards. Polyurethane finish.

Coffee table. Cedar boards. Polyurethane finish.

This coffee table now sits at St. Coffee on St. Claude.

This coffee table now sits at St. Coffee on St. Claude.

This bookshelf played an almost-leading role in the critically acclaimed  one-act play “Brother" that ran July-August at NOLA’s Elm Theatre. I  built the shelf from local "waste" wood collected around the Bywater.  Though  the play was awesome, it remains to be seen how much this fame will  impact the shelf’s market price and collectability. A nice graduate student named Mina now owns this piece of New Orleans cultural heritage.

This bookshelf played an almost-leading role in the critically acclaimed one-act playBrother" that ran July-August at NOLA’s Elm Theatre. I built the shelf from local "waste" wood collected around the Bywater. Though the play was awesome, it remains to be seen how much this fame will impact the shelf’s market price and collectability. A nice graduate student named Mina now owns this piece of New Orleans cultural heritage.

Another 7ft long table made from salvaged cypress fence boards, finished with tung oil.

Another 7ft long table made from salvaged cypress fence boards, finished with tung oil.

concept: “Bring the Bread”
dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall
labor/capital: $220
status: sold!

concept: “Bring the Bread”

dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall

labor/capital: $220

status: sold!

concept: “Simulacrum”
dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall
labor/capital: $180
status: sold to a perfume store that is buying 5 more for other stores

concept: “Simulacrum”

dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall

labor/capital: $180

status: sold to a perfume store that is buying 5 more for other stores

concept: “Japanese Dining Table”
dimensions: 5 feet long, 28 in wide and 18 in tall
labor/capital: $120
status: sold to Bronwen

concept: “Japanese Dining Table”

dimensions: 5 feet long, 28 in wide and 18 in tall

labor/capital: $120

status: sold to Bronwen

concept: “another urban shelf”
dimensions: 70” tall, 28” wide, and 7” deep
labor/capital: $70
status: delivered 1300 miles to Captain Erik Johnson in Denver

concept: “another urban shelf”

dimensions: 70” tall, 28” wide, and 7” deep

labor/capital: $70

status: delivered 1300 miles to Captain Erik Johnson in Denver

Bookshelf Haiku from guest writer

departed oak rests
with knowledge pressed upon boughs
leaves of a new life

            -Chris Fuhst

concept: “The Yoda XXIV”
(This small yet powerful eco-spiritual shelf was created to hold your personal Jedi masters, books of wisdom and relics of veneration. Put it on a platform in your spiritual corner and make a shrine. Bamn.)
dimensions: 34in tall, 10in wide, and 5.5in deep
labor/capital: $30
status: always sold, always for sale

concept: “The Yoda XXIV”

(This small yet powerful eco-spiritual shelf was created to hold your personal Jedi masters, books of wisdom and relics of veneration. Put it on a platform in your spiritual corner and make a shrine. Bamn.)

dimensions: 34in tall, 10in wide, and 5.5in deep

labor/capital: $30

status: always sold, always for sale

Razzmatazz crashed his bike, bent his wheel and fork. We combined the parts with a salvaged table top, finished with linseed oil, with tapered legs from cypress fenceboards. It rolls.

Razzmatazz crashed his bike, bent his wheel and fork. We combined the parts with a salvaged table top, finished with linseed oil, with tapered legs from cypress fenceboards. It rolls.

Crafted in partnership with the Rev. Mike Stivers. A two-tier table…nightstand table, coffee table, next-to-toilet table.  Made entirely from salvaged materials - the multicolor top pieces are old boards, distressed, rugged edges left as a part of their story. The legs were part of a door frame and the hinges remain on the upper legs. Finished with linseed oil.

Crafted in partnership with the Rev. Mike Stivers. A two-tier table…nightstand table, coffee table, next-to-toilet table.  Made entirely from salvaged materials - the multicolor top pieces are old boards, distressed, rugged edges left as a part of their story. The legs were part of a door frame and the hinges remain on the upper legs. Finished with linseed oil.

Bookshelf. 6’ tall, 20” wide. The funky right sideboard I picked up from a house renovation/demolition on Dauphine St, the red/white painted side board I bought from the Green Project and then distressed the old paint, and all the other smaller component pieces I picked out of a dumpster from the big construction project at the Bywater Arts Lofts II. The whole shelf is finished with linseed oil.

Bookshelf. 6’ tall, 20” wide. The funky right sideboard I picked up from a house renovation/demolition on Dauphine St, the red/white painted side board I bought from the Green Project and then distressed the old paint, and all the other smaller component pieces I picked out of a dumpster from the big construction project at the Bywater Arts Lofts II. The whole shelf is finished with linseed oil.

A massive order of 6 big tables and 6 benches for PJ’s coffee shop, soon opening near the Superdome. Better pictures forthcoming.

A massive order of 6 big tables and 6 benches for PJ’s coffee shop, soon opening near the Superdome. Better pictures forthcoming.

Dining table for Jayna, 5’ x 3’, the top is made from patched together cypress boards, the frame is beveled pine 2x4s and the legs are tapered cedar fenceboards, gloss tung oil finish.

Dining table for Jayna, 5’ x 3’, the top is made from patched together cypress boards, the frame is beveled pine 2x4s and the legs are tapered cedar fenceboards, gloss tung oil finish.

Coffee table. Cedar boards. Polyurethane finish.

Coffee table. Cedar boards. Polyurethane finish.

This coffee table now sits at St. Coffee on St. Claude.

This coffee table now sits at St. Coffee on St. Claude.

This bookshelf played an almost-leading role in the critically acclaimed  one-act play “Brother" that ran July-August at NOLA’s Elm Theatre. I  built the shelf from local "waste" wood collected around the Bywater.  Though  the play was awesome, it remains to be seen how much this fame will  impact the shelf’s market price and collectability. A nice graduate student named Mina now owns this piece of New Orleans cultural heritage.

This bookshelf played an almost-leading role in the critically acclaimed one-act playBrother" that ran July-August at NOLA’s Elm Theatre. I built the shelf from local "waste" wood collected around the Bywater. Though the play was awesome, it remains to be seen how much this fame will impact the shelf’s market price and collectability. A nice graduate student named Mina now owns this piece of New Orleans cultural heritage.

Another 7ft long table made from salvaged cypress fence boards, finished with tung oil.

Another 7ft long table made from salvaged cypress fence boards, finished with tung oil.

concept: “Bring the Bread”
dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall
labor/capital: $220
status: sold!

concept: “Bring the Bread”

dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall

labor/capital: $220

status: sold!

concept: “Simulacrum”
dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall
labor/capital: $180
status: sold to a perfume store that is buying 5 more for other stores

concept: “Simulacrum”

dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide and 31 in tall

labor/capital: $180

status: sold to a perfume store that is buying 5 more for other stores

concept: “Japanese Dining Table”
dimensions: 5 feet long, 28 in wide and 18 in tall
labor/capital: $120
status: sold to Bronwen

concept: “Japanese Dining Table”

dimensions: 5 feet long, 28 in wide and 18 in tall

labor/capital: $120

status: sold to Bronwen

concept: “another urban shelf”
dimensions: 70” tall, 28” wide, and 7” deep
labor/capital: $70
status: delivered 1300 miles to Captain Erik Johnson in Denver

concept: “another urban shelf”

dimensions: 70” tall, 28” wide, and 7” deep

labor/capital: $70

status: delivered 1300 miles to Captain Erik Johnson in Denver

Bookshelf Haiku from guest writer

departed oak rests
with knowledge pressed upon boughs
leaves of a new life

            -Chris Fuhst

concept: “The Yoda XXIV”
(This small yet powerful eco-spiritual shelf was created to hold your personal Jedi masters, books of wisdom and relics of veneration. Put it on a platform in your spiritual corner and make a shrine. Bamn.)
dimensions: 34in tall, 10in wide, and 5.5in deep
labor/capital: $30
status: always sold, always for sale

concept: “The Yoda XXIV”

(This small yet powerful eco-spiritual shelf was created to hold your personal Jedi masters, books of wisdom and relics of veneration. Put it on a platform in your spiritual corner and make a shrine. Bamn.)

dimensions: 34in tall, 10in wide, and 5.5in deep

labor/capital: $30

status: always sold, always for sale

Bookshelf Haiku from guest writer

About:

Bamn Bookshelves is a reclaimed furniture building project based out of my backyard in the Bywater, New Orleans.

I reuse 100% salvaged wood collected from neighborhood dumpsters, construction sites, street corners and the free wood pile at the Green Project – materials that would otherwise be thrown into the waste stream.

I build every bookshelf individually based on my available wood and my general mood that day. Each bookshelf is constructed loosely around a concept or word or sensation that could range from an F-sharp to an ancient sexual position. I charge a flat hourly fee of $13 for my hack labor, which includes wood collection, sanding, design, construction and sometimes painting.

Bamn Bookshelves’ statement of purpose:
DISCARDED WOOD + LOVE = BAMN BOOKSHELF

Bamn Bookshelves’ labor theory of value (how I pay my rent):
With my labor I produce a commodity. I then express this commodity’s exchange value in terms of the labor time required to produce the commodity such that the price of the commodity is directly connected to the labor required to produce it. What this means in practice is that I set the price for each bookshelf according to how long it takes me to make it, start-to-finish at $13 an hour.

This is small scale capitalism. This is fair trade. This is primitive eco-art that serves your functional shelving needs while giving waste wood another life. My name is Eric and I guarantee your bookshelf, but not your happiness.

If you would like to request a bookshelf based on anything from strict spatial dimensions to disembodied abstractions, or if you would like to donate wood or talk about bookshelves or write me a haiku about the structures that support books, just email me:

BamnBookshelves@gmail.com

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