Two of the cedar rounds (not sure why I think I called them oak earlier …) turning slowly into gaming tables.
These are two more of the Swiss Pear / Leopard Wood / Ebony chess boards – this time embedded into slices of a rather large cedar tree. Solid surface veneer mounted to 3/4” plywood. We figure that’ll stabilize the rounds, we inserted some wedges and butterflies just for looks and of course a bit of a functional purpose to stabilize.
These are just started into being soaked (they are acting like sponges) with Waterlox tung oil. The bases will be a marbleized concrete pyramid mounted with a steel plate to the base of the table. Figure this will provide a heavy and stable platform for a unique tabletop.
Target completion is for an event April 14th/15th – “Mixing Pallets” – another Delaware River Valley Wine Trail event we’ll be at Hopewell Vineyards in Pennington, NJ with these two tables and a few other pieces as a preview debut for the big event in June The Blending of Art & Wine ... the CALL FOR ARTISTS – is out … so contact me if you’re in the area and you would like to display/sell your work!
I have seven more rounds in various sizes – most are slightly smaller than this so we’ll probably go from 18” (plus boarder about 19.5” total now) down to probably a 16” play area for a total of 17.5” so the board fits neatly in the round.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com