In the interests of authenticity, all pieces by Sonorous Design are made with genuine materials. For example, copper flecks in concrete don’t just look like copper; they are copper. And wood that looks old is old.
Although Allan uses a wide variety of materials, his main materials of choice are concrete and wood.
Most people are aware of the merits of concrete as a construction material, but not many are aware of its qualities as an artistic medium.
Concrete can be ground, polished, or stained; it can incorporate other materials such as inlays or special aggregates; and it can be poured to conform to almost any shape.
So concrete offers startling aesthetic possibilities.
To ensure that his pieces are of the highest quality, Allan uses custom mixes to produce concrete that is much stronger and harder than the concrete normally used in construction.
The flowing lines created by wood grain create a living texture that both contrasts with and enhances the hard look of concrete. This is especially true of old salvaged timber because this wood has acquired a richer colour with age. (This natural “patina” cannot be accurately imitated and is worth much effort to preserve.)
While Allan often leans toward the use of salvage wood in his designs, he considers all kinds of wood for his work.