Thorsen side table challenge completed

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 05-15-2007 06:25 PM 2904 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my challenge and I must say it was enjoyable. I am glad I took this challenge because up until now I knew nothing about Greene & Greene. I wanted this to be and unique piece so I chose to make the leg to appear to bend like the Greene & Greene Thorsen side chairs. By doing this it created a Japanese-style house. I also chose to chip carve on this table but most chip carving is geometric and that wouldn’t go with this arts and crafts so again in keeping with the Japanese-style I chip carved the cherry blossom which is quite frequintly used. This is 22”H. and the top is 15 3/4” X 18”. I used walnut for the bread boards and legs. I used butternut and bleached it before I carved on it for all the light color componets. The pegs are made of Aferican Blackwood. All the joints are mortas and tenons. Enjoy!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 05-15-2007 06:31 PM

A stunning piece. The detail is impressive. I think it really embodies the spirit of this challenge by injecting your personal touches into that plan.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 05-15-2007 06:52 PM

I’m enjoying!!!
sounds like you put a thought into how you would keep it in line with the G&G style.
LOVE the blossoms..
Well done Rog.. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 05-15-2007 06:55 PM

Thank you Deb and Mot.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 05-15-2007 07:11 PM

Wow !!
Like I said on your blog. “It looks like a winner”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 05-15-2007 08:08 PM

Well done!

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#6 posted 05-15-2007 09:20 PM

Rog, I like the way your researched the design genre here. Your interpretations of the original is what creating custom fine furniture is all about. Your execution is truly lovely.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 05-15-2007 10:36 PM

Great job Rog – Beautiful work and design!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 05-15-2007 11:01 PM

Rog: Great piece of art. I’m glad that I bugged you to do it.

You didn’t disappoint.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 05-15-2007 11:39 PM

Awsone table.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#10 posted 05-16-2007 01:00 AM

Hmmmm It’s getting harder and harder to think of putting mine up against those already posted!

Very nice interpretation!


-- Paul, Texas

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#11 posted 05-16-2007 01:06 AM

Thank you to all. I took this challenge with the idea of just completing it and then after I started my competitive self took over. I would get one good idea, the legs, and I would say this won’t win sh-t so then came the top next with the bread board ends being offset upwards, then came the carving which was a real struggle of coming up with the right element. Thanks again to all!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#12 posted 05-16-2007 02:46 AM

I like this interpretation very much, one of my favorites in the challenge. Perfect subject choice for the carving, it fits the piece very much.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 05-16-2007 04:10 PM

Great table, Rog. Of course you had to get your carving skills in there to show the rest of us up. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 05-16-2007 05:07 PM

A great piece Rog. The carvings are a nice touch to the table.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 05-16-2007 07:35 PM

CarverRog the carving pattern you did on this really kicks it up a notch for everyone else trying to score on this contest.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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