So Art in the Age approached us to make another feature display piece for their store. Of course we were immediately interested. This time they wanted a display that could showcase various textiles and accessories, such as quilts, scarves, belts, hats, etc. We decided we didn't want to make a typical piece that the products would simply sit on. It wanted to be something more. Then we came up with the solution of creating a custom, handmade wood ladder. The ladder would make the display extremely portable, so it could be relocated anywhere in the shop. It would take up a minimal amount of floor space, while maximizing the area it could display goods. Quilts,textiles, and belts could hang on and span the various rungs.
We made it using true Southern Yellow Pine 2x4s salvaged from a renovation of a 1920s Tudor located in East Falls that is slated for the Historical Registry in the near future. First we made a mockup for the store to review and they loved the idea, so we got to work. The frame of the ladder was mortised out to receive the rungs. We routed the edges of the rungs to make a soft radius so the textiles wouldn't snag. The ladder could be held together entirely together with just friction (of course we had to try climbing it) and it worked beautifully. Just to be safe though we added steel cut nails to ensure its strength and added rubber to the bottom so it wouldn't slide. Then the wood was sealed to protect it from moisture and to give it a nice little sheen. This one-of-a-kind display piece can now be found at Art in the Age on N. 3rd Street. The pictures below (and more!) can be found in the "AITA- Ladder Display" photo album. It looked perfect in the store with the quilts and belts they had on it, but unfortunately I didn't have a camera on me, so pictures of it in the store are still to come.