sharon sides: acid etched metal stump
sharon sides: acid etched metal stump sharon sides: acid etched metal stump
jul 26, 2012

sharon sides: acid etched metal stump

‘stumps’ by sharon sides




jerusalem-based industrial designer sharon sides has conceived “stumps” as her thesis project at the bezalel academy of arts and design. the project deals with the transference of images from the environment to projects using technology processes and tests associated between a spectrum of meticulous planning in free forming nature. exploring the interplay between control and freedom provides the work examineswhen it is important to plan and when it is better to let things happen naturally. the process offers a different outlook on the tree trunk, which is normally associated with beams utilizing its length, focusing on the rings that appear on the actual end grain of the log.



ash chair



growth rings shown on the back of the chair



to achieve a replicate result of the end grain ring patterns, metal sections are scanned then acid etched to showcase the history of the tree as well as its age. the production process involves bending the sheets into chairs, where the outline of the tree stump was kept intact, consequently bestowing each piece  with its own unique character.



ash chair


etching wood patterns




paper models



colorfulness caused by the acid



after a night in an acid bath



exposing the pattern



white oak chair



white oak chair



ash and white oak chairs


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

see more project submissions from our readers here.


    moderndesign2120 says:
  • Beautiful!!

    Louisa Pacifico says:
  • Elegant. I would like to afford one. Bravo!


    Jim C. says:
  • WOW!

    amit... :) says:
  • WOW

    Moshe Mazor says:
  • beauty

    gepeto says:
  • Impressive impact. Makes you awe and feel that it is a majestic object.
    In a more meticulous look we can see poor and too basic joints and a very non-ergonomic structure.

    beyond the wow says:
  • Jagh….

    vincent says:
  • Good inspiration! Nice look.

    TATTOO-LY says:
  • Where can one of these be purchased?

    Aaron says:

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