I had an interesting conversation with Rob Hanson at Evenfall Studios a couple of weeks ago. Rob makes shooting boards and other goodies, but what he had on his mind was something called the Dana-Thomas Plant Stand.
Yeah, me either. I know little bits about a number of things, but Frank Lloyd Wright is somewhat outside of my experience. I’ve seen some of his work of course, both furniture and homes, but I’m pretty clueless about his history and aesthetic. So I did some web surfing.
Susan Lawrence Dana, for who the house and of course this plant stand are named, commissioned FLW to build her a 12,000 square foot showplace in 1902. The commission included the house and all the furnishings.
I read somewhere online that there were eight copies of this plant stand made for the house, although I can’t verify that. There certainly was plenty of room for potted plants and stand… Rob had some basic dimensions, and I pinned several images thanks to Google and Pinterest (how did we ever get by without the Internet? Thank You Al Gore!). Generally the table looks something like the picture below — I was unable to find an image that I was confident was original.
I had Brother Cadfael whip us up a digital prototype, and we’ve been pushing the dimensions around to get something that looks about right. As I type this, I think the inner legs need to be moved outward, closer to the main legs. Wish I’d seen that before I did these renderings. And the main legs look a little thinner than the reproduction — although that could be do to the darker color in the reproduction. Well, something to tweak for the next update.
For a simple plant stand, this would be a little complicated to build. The inner legs add a twist, but the one that gives me pause is the 60 little pieces of trim. Oy!
I don’t plan to build this, at least not anytime soon. The Chevy needs a bit more work, there is a Greene &Greene table that I have materials for, and I owe someone a bookcase apparently. There is a funny story about the bookcase, but I’ll save that for another time.
Personally, I think Rob should build this. Cutting and fitting all of those miters is a precision job, and a perfect opportunity for someone packing an accurate shooting board. Rob?