Basti - Mini Tree
This Basti Tree is made entirely of wood and is hand cut. Approximately 6" tall.
Basti Wood Studio, North Carolina, Founded 2017
My name is Sebastian and I spent most of my adult life in the arts working as a painter. I had some success but, by my mid-forties my paintings were no longer selling, and I had lost the passion that I once had. This was when a friend that had once been a sculptor who now owned a wood shop, invited me to join him. Turned out I loved working with wood! and my passion for creating was rekindled. I worked with him eventually running the shop, until he passed away and the shop was closed.
With the help of some very dear friends, we started Basti. Originally, we planned to make trees and build furniture but soon the demand for the trees made it clear that this was the direction we were destined to take! We decided that we would focus on cutting iconic shapes from wood that still retained its bark. We first added crosses and then loons. ducks and whales. We have even added a shark and are always looking for new ideas!
There are mainly three of us at Basti. I hand cut each piece on a bandsaw. Leigh does the sanding and oversees shipping and Tom runs the office. Our wood is provided by our friend Robert and is sustainably harvested from the local mountains. We bring in friends to help with shipping when needed and that is pretty much the whole team! We are located in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina near the town of Boone. If you are ever in the area, please look us up and stop by for a visit!