So … a woodworker wandering around freely in a lumber yard is, as I’m sure all ya’all are acutely aware of, often an expensive expedition.
This past Tuesday I stopped into one of our local yards (Willard Brothers) to drop off a batch of quarter sawn white oak planks and about ten slabs from a 375+ year old tree … a rather covert project we kicked off a few weeks back. This material will be kiln dried and we’ll be processing it into a variety of custom hand made pieces.
We’re at the lumber yard, obviously we’re in the business of making things with wood so we had our shopping list ready. We got some soft maple for turning a few bench legs, picked out pine for a couple small signs, some quarter sawn sapele for a commission we’re just kicking off. This was all planned, budgeted, and we were ready to go. Of course we picked up some of their surplus cherry just cause it was there and the price was right.
The thing is – while we were there exploring we were introduced to this wonderfully figured slab of waterfall bubinga. Coming out at about 11’6” long by 3’ wide and a full 8/4 thick … how could we possibly resist?
It seems I just became the proud owner of this amazing specimen of exotic wood! So … now what?
IDK – obviously we’re not going to slice and dice it; it’ll be staying exactly the size it is. That leaves us with making a really cool table or some sort of crazy desk. I’m being dragged kicking and screaming by a friend of mine (Michael Peitras … you’ll see some of his work posted shortly …) into the modern world.
Keeping in mind I’m not going to go TOOOO crazy far; I like traditional furniture! However, it’s time to just for fun, and perhaps as a good speculation project, to go for something I’m just not so comfortable with!
Just for fun – I decided to post this photo along with the little blurb to see what ideas my fellow Lumberjocks would come up with ??? ... Have at it … let me have your thoughts!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com