|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 04-20-2014 01:02 AM||1166 views||5 times favorited||26 comments|
In Southern New Mexico, there are a whole bunch of geological points of interest. Many of you have heard of white sands. That seems to be the most popular. There is also an incredible high mountain Oasis that contains hundreds of square miles of beautiful pine forests. That hunk of mountains drops all the way down to the desert floor on the western face. It is there that the Cinders can be found.
The Cinders is a small inactive volcano that created a massive lava flow. If you were on top of the tallest peak in Ruidoso, you could look down an see the enormity of that lava flow. You just don’t get an appreciation for the flow until you are at ground zero, There are spirals, curves and waves of stone that are frozen in time to attest to hellish cauldron that once was. And again – the volcano is little more than a rocky hill jutting out of the desert.
This is my third and final table of the southwest collection. I used up some of my Paduak offcuts to make the volcano. The soot filled sky is made from some very warped Sapelle.
All of the lighter wood is curly Maple. As you can see—I really goofed. I bought some darker wood that was being sold as curly maple. It didn’t match but I kept on building as if somehow the very light maple was going to magically cause the other curly wood to get lighter. Those distinct color changes at all the edges of the table are a testament to my stubbornness. Now I’m just going to live with it. I’ve started the long and arduous process of convincing myself that it adds character. ;)
The dark portion of the top border is good old fashioned American Walnut.
The sides and legs are Maple, left over African Mahogany and left over Jatoba flooring.
I know I said it was my third and final table. Is a fireplace mantle a table? ;)
-- Thanks for all the lessons!