This pecky pecan display shelf was made from unusual lumber. Each shelf was inspired by the grains and color of individual pieces of pecan with worm holes throughout the wood. "Pecky" pecan can be caused by actual bird pecks during the growth of a tree, by beetles eating holes through the wood, by fungus action within the wood or in this case by a worm which eats through the wood. These "defects" in the wood are not apparent before the tree is actually milled into boards. I had not seen this particular character in wood before and I was captivated by the potential of the wood.
Only a small section of this lumber exhibited the array of worm holes and in working with it I even found tunnels which still had the shriveled remains of the culprits. Don't worry about these denizens as the wood has been kiln dried which will kill any inhabitants or eggs permanently.
The side panels of this shelf were selected from the most beautiful section of the wood, and sawn to provide a book matched pair. I shaped the front edges of the sides to follow the patterns in the wood. To enhance the character of the wood I carved the front edges of the side panels to be concavely hollow and I beveled the front edges of the shelves to create a "floating" feel rather than having a square front more visible edge. The shelves are individually fitted to match the contours of the cabinet sides as well as the wood grain color of the verticals.
All of the joinery uses glued dadoes and rabbets carefully hand fitted without the use of screws or nails.
This unit is 14" X 6" X 28" with five shelves. We like shelf displays that are not evenly spaced and that also have a bottom shelf that extends further out. This shelf will showcase your treasured articles in any home setting including contemporary modern decor. While the unusual wood is captivating, it still allows the beauty of the contents to come forward!