We have long admired these Log Bowls by Canadian company Loyal Loot. The combination of the natural wood with their perfect choice of colours is so simple yet stunningly beautiful. After a bit of research we learned that this is not their only product.
We are Anna Thomas + Doha Lindskoog of Loyal Loot. We have two studios, one in Edmonton and one in Calgary, our studios are in each of our homes. Anna’s studio is tiny but sunny, mine is big but in a basement with a lot of helpful lighting, both are a lesson in organized chaos.
When and why did you decide to start Loyal Loot?
We started Loyal Loot in 2004 with two other founding members Dara Humniski and Carmen Douville. We were all in the Industrial Design program at the University of Alberta and hit it off as friends and designers, having a similar aesthetic and influence. We decided to join forces to enter into our first design show ‘Cabin‘, organized by Motherbrand. We figured that if one of our designs was accepted, we could all go to the show in New York for the experience. Luckily for us it turned out that all 4 of us had a design accepted into the show.
We really love your log bowls. Can you tell us a little bit about the process and what inspires you to make them?
The process is a long one, that starts with the logs being collected in the winter months. They are cut down and dried in a humidity controlled shed for approximately 8 months. When we receive an order for a bowl or a group of bowls, we make each one to order. It is rare that we have stock on hand ready to sell. The bowls are turned on a lathe by our wood turner Ken, who is a very talented craftsman and retired surgeon. We then hand paint each bowl, with many layers to achieve the desired vibrancy, and gloss them with several layers of furniture grade finish. The bowls are finished off with a quick sand on the tops to clean them off, and are gone over to ensure the bark is clean of paint.
Why do you hand make your products? What do you get out of it?
We hand make a lot of our products because they’re actually somewhat difficult to mass produce – we also get great satisfaction from making something ourselves and using our hands. We do believe that handmade products have an inherent value that cannot be achieved with mass production. A human touch is present in each piece and they are each unique.
Where can we buy your products and what new things are you working on?
We like our collection to grow slow and steady – we do not design a new collection every year, our approach is thoughtful and we choose to move forward with a select few designs from our pool of ideas – this results in 1-2 new designs every couple of years. We would love to see our items sold in a few more brick and mortar stores in the US, as many of them have closed since the economy was hit hard a few years back.
What is the best thing about what you do?
We love being able to create beautiful things.
Thanks for answering our questions. We really love the Monsieur Dress Up Collar (above) too…. We look forward to keeping an eye on your work.
Tamra & Gwyn