"He supplies us with tremendous material... He has some fine
Melvin Wachowiak, Smithsonian Museum/analytical labs.
"These are the best damn Windsor chairs I have ever seen...remarkable."
Harrison Ford, Private client
"The Wood Collection Volume 1 book provides anyone serious about wood and its
uses with an invaluable reference resource....This is a wonderful teaching
Dr. Barrette N Rock Ph.D., NASA EOS/ Presidents advisory committee
"This unique sample book enables a designer or client to visualize
a tremendous array of woods with all their variety of color, figure, and
design impact in one concise space. Invaluable!"
Louise V. Clayton, Interior designer
"Great resource- the tool architects need in front of them,
and their clients to make decisions"
Daniel Vincent Scully, Architect
This website is an attempt to share our passion
about rare materials and instill in others a challenge to learn and explore.
Working with uncommon materials has provided an incredible journey for us.
We have studied the smallest details of these materials through microscopes
in the laboratory and explored the vastness of the world with images from
remote sensing satellites. We have traveled to far regions of the
earth to collect samples, dig up ancient roots, and studied archeological
artifacts from ancient civilizations to gather more insight. It is
this mysterious attraction to the uncommon that has lead us on this
quest thus far. As we research and explore deeper, we have come to
realize a need to share what we have learned with others so we can learn
more in return. Our desire is that this site will expand the users
vision and knowledge of these materials and objects, and also inspire
them to discover these strange and beautiful materials themselves.
Enjoy. ........ Jim Lorette
Harrison Ford at his home
|1.) What do you do? We
are material specialists.
Procurement of unusual wood, stone and
ancient commodities. We travel the world to find unusual materials and
objects for clients.
We accept commissions to create unique objects and environments,
composed of uncommon materials and craftsmanship. (See our project
We offer project support regarding unusual materials and methods of
application for successful design integration. We have hands on
experience working thousands of unique materials.
In house laboratory services for advanced research on materials
We enjoy the challenge of designing and building displays for objects
and collections, from desk top displays to entire rooms and galleries.
2.) For who? Our clients are from around the world. We have
provided services and products to people like yourself as well as
Harrison Ford, Madonna, Prince Charles, the Late Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis, other celebrities, Heads of state, and many unique individuals.
We do work for designers, architects, insurance companies, museums,
the forest service, lawyers and many more private individuals.
Jim holding a Wooly Mammoth tusk
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