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salvaged & cypress

August 9, 2013

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John “Gabby” Gabrielson never had any formal art or woodwork education. But that did not stop the retired real estate and investment executive when he started working with reclaimed cypress wood at his home workshop in Miramar Beach, Fla.

In 2011, Gabrielson’s later-in-life-interest launched a new business: Natural Creations.

In his unique home furnishings and accessories, Gabrielson uses “sinker” or deadhead cypress wood. Sinker cypress wood comes from massive cypress logs that were harvested more than 100 years ago from swamps in Florida and Louisiana. Some of the logs that were cut during those harvests sank and were left behind by loggers. Now, many of the sinker logs have been discovered and pulled from lake and river bottoms.

Gabrielson use the salvaged cypress wood in his hand-made tables ($200 to $800), stump tables ($190 to $300) and sculptures for mantles and shelves ($140 to $400), pictured below.

There  also are accessories ($50 to $250), such as mirrors and lamps. No two pieces are alike thanks to the color variations and imperfections in the wood.

To learn more, visit

In the Atlanta area, find Gabrielson’s work at Queen of Hearts (, 670 N. Main St. in Alpharetta. Ask for Lisa Gabrielson’s booth (dealer code: LAG) or contact Lisa, an interior designer, at






From → art, furniture, gifts, home

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