8.12.2017

Agave Abstract No.3 . Textures and contrast.

26 x 20 x 2in.

12.24.2016

Agave Abstract No.2 . Textures and contrast.

Agave wood on canvas. 48 x 36 in.

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10.14.2014

5 Natural Elements Combine With Unique History.

Reclaimed wood wall sculpture.
Reclaimed black acacia, agave flower stalk, birch and fir wood. Pigments.
20.5 x 20.5 x 2 in.
Reclaimed black acacia, agave flower stalk, birch and fir wood. The fir was once a magnificent tree turned into a shipping pallet and discarded. The fir tree rings record 35 years of some period in time with one drought year. The acacia was a tree in Beverley Hills, CA. someone decided to cut down and put on a curb, the agave lived naturally in the wild, where the flower stalk completed it's work, fell into the Pacific Ocean and washed up on the beach and most was transformed into an agave wood surfboard . The birch wood square base spent many a year as part of a kitchen cabinet. Such beautiful and quality materials, mostly saved from a landfill. Framed in old growth fir, once a door from a California 20th Century home. All in all 99% upcycled materials are now eco art.

11.18.2012

The Oceanus Table. The "Persistent Environmental Excellence Award" No.1

A simple act of giving to reward giving. Pass it on.



The "Persistent Environmental Excellence Award" is given to a person, or organization for their hard work and tireless environmental effort in their community. Often their work goes beyond local outreach, impacting a global audience. For their dedication, Michael Yonke, a celebrated eco-designer, awards them a handmade one-of-a-kind work. Michael utilizes reclaimed wood and metal materials of unique beauty and quality cast aside by society to create stunning eco-art and furniture. His works embody an energetic intensity from the creation process and meticulous effort. Michael shares these same qualities and transformative powers with the environmentalists he awards. His Functional Art is an award to be lived with, a simple way to say thank you, and one that will last generations. The 1st award recipient is Sara Bayles of The Daily Ocean. Sara has collected over 1300 pounds of beach trash off her local beach. She just finished her 365 non-consecutive day goal. Sara photographs, weighs and writes about her beach cleanups at thedailyocean.blogspot.com. Her photographs become powerful art that inspires, and educates. She’s inspired others world-wide and has shown us how one small section of beach is a snap shot of a global issue effecting coasts everywhere. Thank you Sara Bayles and The Daily Ocean.

Recommendations for future awards are welcome.

Design notes : Oceanus -i m.Latin. [the ocean , the sea which encompasses the earth]; personif., [the father of the Nymphs]

12.23.2009

The Diversion Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table.

Mahogany Coffee Table. Interesting. Inspiring. 100% Reclaimed.

Wonderful shape and classic iridescent ribbon wood grain. Rich deep color is the natural aging wood patina from 2 year open air treatment. Clear finish.
Materials : Reclaimed and repurposed tropical forest true mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla, Honduras mahogany).
Dimensions : 45.5 x 25.75 x 18 in. (115.57 x 65.41 x 45.72 cm.)
Available for purchase. upcycler.etsy.com

12.22.2009

Agave Wood Surfboard Table. Elliptical.

Surfing shape craft and interior design merge. 100% agave wood. Black pigments.
Private commission. 7'7" x 22" x 2".


Watch The Creation Video Short By S. Malik




The agave surfboard below came first and inspired the table with contrasting black elements.