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desktop zen garden

by Arra David and Anne Johnson
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Office Oasis

Who would have guessed that "going to your happy place" could mean that you're at work? With this meditative, desktop Zen garden, you can soothe away all your workday worries in style. Housed in an unvarnished wooden frame, the striking black sand invites you to create calming patterns in its surface using the included handmade brushed aluminum rake. Resting in the black sand, called Black Beauty, which is a byproduct of ore smelting, are three smooth, natural sea stones that can be repositioned to create ever-changing tableaus. Each stone is functional as well as beautiful: one holds the rake and your pen, one has a slot for displaying up to 5 business cards, and one contains a hidden magnet for securing paperclips. Handmade by Arra David and Anne Johnson in New Hampshire.

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aluminum, wood, granite
Sandbox: 10" L x 5" W x 0.75" H; 2 lbs., Stones: 1.63" dia and 1.25" dia. 11oz. of sand.
Pen not included. Handmade brushed aluminum rake, gold paperclips, 3 stones, and sand are included.
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Arra David and Anne Johnson

Arra David and Anne Johnson

Arra David and Anne Johnson are longtime New England rockhounds. Their love for Mother Nature's artwork in stone and hardwood inspires them to handcraft functional creations that bring the outdoors in. They craft each piece with attention to detail, quality, and respect for nature.

Working with stone calls for custom fixtures and techniques. Arra is an engineer and serial inventor, and he says it's part of his "normal care and feeding" to put him in the workshop and let him make new products and tools.

Anne is an artist with a keen eye for balance and harmony. She blends the endless varieties of nature's materials into pieces that decorate homes and will keep generations connected to their environment.

To keep our beaches and forests as they are, Anne and Arra "plant" a new quarry stone in the water to replace each one gathered, and they plant ten times the number of trees harvested for their work. collection

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