Our quest for wood continued this past week – two amazingly figured cherry slabs jumped out at me while wandering through the local lumber mill. Positioned in a flipped butterfly position these two combined would make a great table.
I’m thinking of finding two old growth beams – reclaimed lumber – and forming a mortis and tenon “H” as a structure for the slabs. We’re going to setup to inlay the labs keeping all the edges live into the beams leaving just the long outer edges of the cherry exposed. The end grain edges will be fully inlaid into the beams as will the inside edges.
My debate then is if we will make the base of reclaimed beams or concrete. Either way – thinking four large pyramid legs that will mortis strait through the corners of the beams as support and stability factors will definitely apply with a large flat slab. I don’t want an apron, but we’ll see … maybe I’ll apron just the sides with the open cherry with a good inset so the edge of the cherry is still the primary viewpoint on that face of the table.
If we do concrete that would also be amazingly interesting. We’ve designed a method to create hollow concrete castings for the pyramid shapes. Working on submitting the designs for prototype molds to be cut hopefully by month end.
This – well IDK – it is simply cool. Time for a crazy concrete base, maybe contrast the natural random nature of this slab which will only be sanded and finished with a satin waterlox with some geometric concrete casting underneath it.
Like a pyramid, a square, and a ball … all in concrete perhaps even different color combinations in the casting IDK yet. Waiting for inspiration to settle in.
All these spec projects are being designed to expand our portfolio into the modern lines. Most will be available for sale shortly. My target is to have at least four new pieces done for our event in June (The 2nd and 3rd) – The Blending of Art and Wine at Hopewell Valley Vineyards.
Join us – check out the local artists and you’ll get to see some of these creations in person!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com