Pie safe
Pie Safe, 1996
Kyle Kinser
walnut, poplar, ash, persimmon, and Mexican amate bark paper
54" x 32" x 15"
Illinois State Museum collection

Kyle Kinser is a southern Illinois furniture maker who uses shapes from nature in his work. He used five woods of different colors, grains, and textures to make this original pie safe. 

In the 19th century pie safes were cabinets that had air holes in the doors or sides so that pies and pastries could be stored safely away from flying insects (before the age of refrigerators and freezers). This piece harks back to that era, but it would be used to store things other than freshly baked goods.