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Solstice Wall – Choosing Materials

December 17, 2023

By: Lee LeFever

I write books and run a company called Common Craft. I recently moved from Seattle to a rural island. Here, I write about online business, book publishing, modern home construction, and occasionally, dumb jokes.

This article was published as an issue of my newsletter Ready for Rain

Once we decided the lines on the solstice wall would be three-dimensional, it became a different kind of project. We’d be adding something to the wall that needed to be installed. One of the first questions was: what material should we use for the lines, or “rays”? One idea stood out.

shadow line from the solstice wall

When designing the built-ins of our home, we used Baltic birch plywood. We loved the color, the Scandinavian look, and seeing the plies. The bench below is made from two pieces of plywood laminated together.

We asked: what if the lines on the wall were made of the same plywood, with the plies facing outward? This way, the installation would have an aesthetic connection to other parts of the home.

Baltic birch Plywood is easy to work with, stable, and relatively affordable. It seemed perfect. The final decision was made: the lines on the solstice wall, what we call the “rays” will be strips of plywood. 

Next, we had to think about how it would attach to the wall. It was far more complicated than I imagined.

Here is a brief video about the subject of this post:

I’m sharing this process on social media. Follow along!

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