Building a Standing Cherry Wood Desk: Caretta Workspace
By Matt Schumake | Posted: 01/31/2014 12:25PM
The standing desk certainly isn’t a new concept. Walk around an office building and you’ll see plenty of people with their computer screens hoisted up to eye level.
“Just like Charles Dickens,” they might say. Or, “just like Ernest Hemingway.”
And more often than not, the elevated setup has been constructed with overturned wastebaskets and empty cardboard boxes. Just like Ernest Hemingway.
In 1954, The Paris Review provided a look at the writer's workspace. “It is on top of one of these cluttered bookcases,” they reported, “that Hemingway has his ‘work desk’... There is just enough space left on top of the bookcase for a typewriter, surmounted by a wooden reading board, five or six pencils, and a chunk of copper ore to weight down papers when the wind blows in from the east window.”
And at about this time last year, Shaunacy Ferro from Popular Science wrote, “Sitting is the new Smoking,” linking hours of inactivity to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Since standing while writing has been such a far-reaching and ongoing issue, it’s puzzling that so many professionals are still making a living on a foundation of old telephone books rather than proper furniture.
Part of the problem, notes Andy Tracewell from Caretta Workspace, is that nobody has really set out to create heirloom-quality desks specifically for people who prefer to stand while working at a computer.
All of the furniture items at Caretta Workspace are born from this very formula: a solution to a problem. An engineer by profession, founder Larry Tracewell began building desks for customers who wanted to conceal their laptops when not in use.
Caretta’s desks all minimize the presence of tech clutter by integrating the computer into the furniture itself. All of the cables and wires are concealed in hidden passageways throughout the desk and connected to an integrated, 12-position power strip.
And the desks are crafted from solid cherry hardwood, harvested locally in Ohio. As a commitment to sustainability, Caretta only purchases the material from local suppliers who carry the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance’s Smartwood Program.
Andy adds that he also just loves working with cherry. He favors the swirling grain patterns in each piece, and he finds it easier to work with than other woods Caretta has used, like walnut.
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Matt SchumakeMatt Schumake is a writer and woodworking student who lives and works in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org