Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2017

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Founded by proprietor Jud Scott in 1976 as a summer vacation job, Vine & Branch has evolved through the years to become a leader in the tree care industry, both locally and regionally. Recognized with awards for its tree preservation efforts, maintenance projects, safety program and initiatives, Vine & Branch specializes in tree and plant healthcare, employing a team of expert arborists who serve the needs of a diverse clientele ranging from individuals to golf courses, city parks, architects and even attorneys involved in property disputes. Recently, Scott has been thinking about what to do with the vast number of dead trees Vine & Branch encounters as a result of natural death or the plethora of invasive diseases that now abound. "For years, we threw wood away because we had more than we could use," he said. "We cut it up for firewood, and we chipped it for walking trails." One day, some of Scott's employees approached him with the idea of renovating their 1860s office building in Carmel using wood from a 300-year-old tree they had cut down. "My daughter sent me a photo of a really funky-looking rustic slab table made from a slice cut from a tree," Scott recalled. "She said, 'dad you ought to make this.' So, we started making furniture, and now we make lamps, coffee tables, sofa tables and everything in between. We also make a rustic beam bench out of ash, and playground equipment for parks." Instituting a rule that the wood used for his furniture comes from within a 25-mile radius, Scott's hobby has grown into something of a cottage industry. Producing spec pieces and private commissions (including some miniature furniture from bonsai trees), three certified arborists serve double duty as artisan woodworkers. Several of the firm's impressive tables and lamps are are now on display at Holder Mattress in the Indiana Design Center. Inspired by the work of Japanese-American architect George Nakashima, these signature pieces allow the natural curves and intricacies of rough-hewn slabs of wood to determine the form and, ultimately, function of each item. Priced well below comparable original works from the Japanese master, this is furniture for generations, not just a lifetime. sl 4721 E. 146th St., Carmel; 317.846.3778, T R EE TO TA BLE Vine & Branch launches a ne w l ine of rustic f urniture Written by Neil Charles / Photography by Adam Gibson 96

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