Furnishings and home decor – Winner 2020

Guitar Stands

by Natural Collection

Made in Calgary

$849

naturalcollectionstands.com

The best functional objects are as beautiful as they are useful. That’s the guiding principle behind Natural Collection, a handcrafted instrument stand company based in Calgary.

Operated out of Caleb Blake’s garage, Natural Collection began as a hobby but has grown into a business. The company produces performing stools, wall hangers and floor stands for guitars and ukuleles.

The guitar stands are made from raw walnut or maple — Blake’s favourite woods — that he cuts, fastens, sands, glues and finishes with oil before he adds a soft, renewable type of cork for protective padding. All told, it takes about 12 hours of labour, or 52 repeats of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” to make each stand.

Blake, a guitar player, says the durability and design of Natural Collection’s work sets it apart. Typically mass-produced as a near-afterthought, the average guitar stand is a victim of planned obsolescence and made with no regard for aesthetic pleasure. Natural Collection’s stands are meant to last a lifetime and Blake’s creations bring out the natural beauty of the wood. The curvature of the stands and the luminous sheen covering the rich grain possess a sensual quality.

“I’ve had a couple people say ‘wow, I never thought a guitar stand could be so sexy.’ That right there hits the nail on the head for me,” says Blake. “I love musical instruments and I think they’re great pieces of art to have around the house. I wanted to make a stand that was equally beautiful — if not more beautiful.” —C.G.

Photograph: Jared Sych   |   Writer: Colin Gallant

FURNISHINGS & HOME DECOR WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP 2020

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