I love to say it, and love to spot it! Years ago during a routine antique store visit, I was introduced to Tramp Art. This German and Scandinavian woodworking style was popularized in the late 1800s and early 1900s and is characterized by the notch carving and layering (pyramiding) of many small pieces of wood. Recycled wood from cigar boxes was typically used. This folk art has become a collectors item and can be found in intricate designs on boxes, frames, figurines and furniture. You can read more about the origins and history of Tramp Art here.
These pieces are so unique and add great depth and texture to any space.
samples of antique tramp art...
and tramp art given new life....
"tramp lamp" by mitchell gold + bob williams
tramp art mirror by wisteria
naples tramp art mirror by mecox gardens
todd mirror by made goods