The Second Artist

TUPELO'S FUTURE RECLAIMS THE PAST

If you’ve had a chance to stop by our Park City restaurant, you know we’re all about handmade, local fare. But our passion for artisanal doesn’t stop at the ingredients we use.

During our travels, we’ve met artists using raw material in ways we’d never imagined. But it was here in Salt Lake City, Utah, that we met Scott Gardener, local woodworker and master framer. We jumped at the chance to showcase his talent as part of our new Park City restaurant’s design. We asked Scott to create our menu boards.

RECLAIMED IS BEAUTIFUL

On a typical day, Scott crafts museum-quality wooden frames. He practices conservation framing, which creates a safe and protective environment that maintains the quality of artwork.

To create our menu boards, Scott worked with salvaged oak timbers from a factory in upstate New York, along with walnut from a nearby farm. He painstakingly re-sawed the discarded wood into large rectangular boards, then inlaid each one with rare earth magnets. Only the faces are sanded; saw marks are left untouched on the edges and backs of the boards.

To refashion some of the more dilapidated areas of the wood, Scott experimented with kintsukuroi—a Japanese technique that seals broken pottery with gold. The process turned out to be impractical for woodworking purposes, but the message stuck with us. We love the idea of making an object's repair a part of its inherent beauty, rather than something to hide.

After three coats of oil finish, the boards are sleek and smooth to the touch. They’ve been given another chance at life. Our menus are held to the boards with engraved metal bars that snap snugly to the inlaid magnets.

Menu Boards in Progress. Photo by M. Scott Gardner.[Menu boards in production. Photo courtesy of Scott Gardner.]

THE SECOND ARTIST

To visit Scott’s home and workplace is to step into a museum with oddly placed stairwells and curated art.

Scott is a native of East Millcreek, born and raised in the mouth of the Millcreek canyon. His first knowledge of wood was in orchard management; his family helped settle the area as fruit raisers. An artist by nature, he ventured to England to pursue a career in fine arts. He returned to Salt Lake with a family and began his career as a custom framer.

The first person in Salt Lake to practice conservation framing, he’s fallen in love with his craft. A co-worker deemed him “The Second Artist”—an old term used to describe an artist’s prized student apprentice. It was their job to ensure that a piece of artwork was delivered, hung, and represented to the patron’s liking.

Scott’s careful woodwork breathes the significance of reclaimed beauty into our own piece of art—our carefully curated tupelo menu. Come visit; see the boards in action; and enjoy our fine dining menu—and delicious handcrafted American food, globally inspired.


Business Info:
The Second Artist

3060 S 900 E
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 485-5585