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Let the Wood Sing: Roundwood Furniture

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Known affectionately to those around him simply as “Cline,” Andy Cline is widely recognized in Truckee/Tahoe for his incredible wooden creations mimicking the qualities of nature in their aesthetics and intricacy. A start in log cabin building and design taught him the finer points of construction — well beyond what the “box-house” contractors were doing. Later, when he’d show up to craft ornate railings out of rounded trees, the carpenters would laugh, “there’s that round-wood guy.” And just like that, a love affair with the unique qualities of wood and its ability to evoke nature was born as Roundwood Furniture.

Cline has owned and operated that same business for 18 years, resulting in stunning objects that can be seen in fine art galleries and local establishments like Uncorked at Squaw, Coffeebar in Truckee, and Transformations Salon. Joined by a small team of helpers on certain more extensive projects, he also builds by commission for private parties and collections in collaboration with interior designers, and currently produces two public collections: Reborn and Harmony. Both are uniquely different, yet focused on core principles of sustainable harvesting and letting the wood speak for itself.

The Harmony ensemble is based on “celebrating and revering the character naturally occurring in the wood,” according to Cline. Each piece is intentionally presented in the most simplistic form with the least amount of details, so that the “explosive beauty of the grain of the wood” is the star.

Reborn extols reclaimed wood and its aged characteristics.

“My inspiration being a product of my environment, the reclaimed wood we use in the Reborn line is all lake-affected wood — boat houses, piers, nature’s tattoos, crackling, ice blasting, sand from the beach, reflection from the sun, old growth,” Cline explained. “This is from the lake and it’s taking the story of what it’s encountered from Lake Tahoe.”

No matter the project, however, the builder’s focus is always the wood. Cline said he creates with a belief that the character of the wood wants to sing out, like voices in a symphony.

“You’re looking at each piece trying to expose the side, the end, the best light, where it has the most interesting story for the wood to tell,” he said. “I’m trying to reduce the story the maker is telling … to amplify the story of the grain in the wood Mother Nature has already provided.”


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