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Jan Claibourne

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Was A Tree Gallery

"I let the wood tell me what to do."

Over 30 years ago, Jan started out making simple wood objects such as cars, animals and puzzles for his son. Over the years, Jan’s creativity grew, stealing time in his shop here and there to make something new. He eventually ventured into conceptual boxes and decorative items and has now found his creativity in larger pieces ranging from furniture, to art pieces. With one simple philosophy...

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... in mind, “let the wood lead the way,” Jan created Was A Tree™ in 2009.

Jan aspired to create quality craftsmanship from the beginning as is seen in all of his work. However, through hard work and intense research, Jan has accomplished a higher level of dexterity and technique that has really allowed his artistry to come to fruition. The progression can be seen most notably in his work over the last few years as the pieces become more artistic and unique.

With such respect for the wood he uses, Jan strives only to use
trees that are dead or damaged in some way so that nothing is
solely cut down for the wood he uses. When reminiscing about
a recent trip to the saw mill, Jan says, “inspiration often comes
to me once I see the freshly cut piece of wood.” having no prior design in mind. It brings him so much joy to go to the saw mill
not knowing what treasure the wood will offer.

Jan also finds the “imperfections” of the wood are the most expressive and tries to incorporate them into every piece. Nature
has done a beautiful job and Jan feels like it is his responsibility to tell its story. Interesting grain patterns, knots, holes and worm veins are Jan’s true muse highlighting that each piece truly
‘Was A Tree.’

Jan believes, even at his age, that his work as an artist is just getting started.

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Walnut oval shaped table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$350.00

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Walnut live edge table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$280.00

 
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Red Cedar long table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$400.00

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Walnut box with lid
Wood
$35.00

 
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Walnut box with lid
Wood
$35.00

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Round ash ring box.
Wood
$35.00

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Box Elder wall shelf.
Wood
$220.00

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Box Elder wall shelf.
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$220.00

 
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Box Elder wall shelf.
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$220.00

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Live edge Cherry wall shelf
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$60.00

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Thick Ash wall shelf
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$45.00

 
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Walnut live edge table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$400.00

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Ash table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$350.00

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Small Red Cedar table/bench
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$280.00

 
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Ash table with Mahogany leg
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$250.00

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Box Elder long table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$300.00

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Live edge Cherry table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$250.00

 
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Cherry live edge table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$250.00

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Walnut table/bench/stool/ foot rest
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$240.00

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Walnut table with forked end
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$300.00

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Two level Ash table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$300.00

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Box Elder table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$320.00

 
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Odd shaped Ash table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$450.00

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Pine and Mahogany table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$700.00

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Live edge Walnut table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$420.00

 
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Three bottle wine rack
Wood
$210.00

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Glass and wood wine bottle holder
Mixed Media
$480.00

 
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Glass and wood wine bottle holder
Mixed Media
$480.00

 
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Box Elder coat rack/shelf
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$240.00

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Ash trivet/serving tray
Dinnerware & Serveware
$15.00

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ASh and Maple cutting board
Dinnerware & Serveware
$60.00

 
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Ash and Walnut cutting board
Dinnerware & Serveware
$60.00

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Big piece of Oak
Wood
$50.00

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Very large door stop
Wood
$50.00

 
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Oak open trapezoid box
Wood
$15.00

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Round Ash open box
Wood
$12.00

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Small Oak open boxes
Wood
$10.00

 
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Cherry two bottle holder
Wood
$40.00

 
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Box Elder art
Wood
$30.00

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Votive candle holder
Wood
$10.00

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Live edge Cherry pointed table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$250.00

 
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Live edge Ash and Mahogany table
Furniture: Tables & Shelves
$250.00