“Treen” is an all-purpose name for small, handmade household items that are made from wood. Treen’s size and purpose is what distinguishes it from furniture (tables, chairs, etc). It is a functional item that once served a true purpose in the home. Now, treen is almost purely decorative. Examples of treen are wooden plates and bowls, boxes, spoons, cups and wooden tools.
Wood used to play a much greater role in the creation of household items. Turning and carving were the primary manufacturing techniques of the time, and wood-turners took great care in their selection of wood (close-grained native hardwoods such as box, beech and sycamore were favored compared with more exotic woods). Since then, metal and plastic have become more available and cheaper to produce.
As the story goes, this evolution in manufacturing makes treen rare and special. It is popular with decorators and collectors alike for its beautiful patina, rich history and uncommon use. Even in the smallest of sizes, each piece adds presence and importance to a room. It is simple, beautiful and can stand alone or within a vignette of objects.
Glove Powderer - $400
Tobacco Jar - $450
Tobacco Jar - $595
Footed Bowl - $325
Vases - $990 for pair
Phoebe purchased this collection of modern wood turnings - what great shapes and colors. The grouping makes quite an impact.