New Wave Gothic Dining Table

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 07-05-2009 08:58 AM 8191 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our New Wave Gothic Dining Room pieces define themselves by invoking the presence of royalty. A room adorned with hand carved works of artistic craftsmanship establishes the domain for your guests; wandering eyes quickly find focus on the massive table standing before them. Your centerpiece remains at center stage, while arrangements for settings and the platters of a king’s feast are laid at its base. Your guests will feel warm, welcome and as the aromas waft from the kitchen, ready for the forthcoming banquet. This line is an original design by Artisans of The Valley, each one-of-a-kind museum quality heirloom is hand made by commission and is hand signed and dated.

The tables shown are actually two different tables, but very much the same design; just the details and measurements changed a bit. Both are solid quarter sawn white oak with a hand rubbed shellac (hand cut) and Waterlox tung oil finish. These took about 15-18 layers / steps with rubbing processes, scraping, burnishing, etc between each to derive the “fumed” look. Hard to see in the photos – but the net result is the grain really stands up.

We were invited to a Halloween party by one of our clients in St. Paul, MN … and we were planning a road trip from NJ to MN to deliver the piece. It sounded fun … until of course it came to costumes – I suggested we go in camo as we were stopping for a pig hunt on the way home … Teri (my ex-fiance) was not happy with that idea. Next suggestion was we go for the “cowboy/cowgirl” theme. That was likewise rejected, and the idea came up of the medieval theme. My hint that she’d look great as a wench was met with … well … see photo #6.

Net result – Teri picked out a medieval ball gown and a matching coat for me. We got the footwear, sword, jewelry, etc. all together. We then planned a photo shoot in a local park for the marketing images, and just for fun. We got lucky and someone wandered by with … yes … those are wolves, not dogs, wolves. They made great additions to our photo shoot, very well behaved I might add!

More info about the tables themselves including lots of in progress shots (which is what you guys I’m sure are interested in …) in our ””Gothic Table Gallery.””:

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 07-05-2009 11:12 AM

Great looking table

-- Vince

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#2 posted 07-05-2009 01:13 PM

gorgeous table and the story behind the photo shoot is grea!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 07-05-2009 02:29 PM

More details on this project in a pdf article:

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 07-05-2009 03:22 PM

Great table and photos.

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

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#5 posted 07-05-2009 03:26 PM

Extremely nice work , great pics too !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 07-05-2009 04:23 PM

Fantastic table(s) and photo shoot …..your “wench” is fine as well : ) Welcome to LJs !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 07-05-2009 04:26 PM

Teri wandered by a few minutes ago and I mentioned the post with the story in it and commented that there are likely a lot of people reading it finding her interesting, even for letting me post the story. She responded “letting …?” ... I looked at her and said “Well, I’m asking for forgiveness?” ... she let out a “YIAY! That’s how our relationship works now!?” and wandered happily off … Hmm, I wonder what I’m in for!

Always have to keep in mind with Teri – she’s a great girl, but she has a bit of tenacity encased in her and she is capable of putting a 308 round behind the ear of a 300lb silver back Austrian boar with a standing shot at 80+ yards. One is best to avoid ticking her off …

If you check Teri’s profile (link above in article) you’ll notice she spends a lot of time in the shop as well as wandering around the country fishing and hunting with me. She rightfully determined that given this was a black tie class of Halloween party – she was going to look and feel like a lady! She got her wish, and I will also ad that we thought we’d overdone the costumes, but NO! People at this event really put some serious time, thought, and cash into their outfits. We really enjoyed ourselves!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 07-05-2009 04:55 PM

Very cool and elegant. Fit for a king and Queen. Looks like you guys had a gas. Great table.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 07-05-2009 05:16 PM

excellant workmanship and a fantastic photoshoot to match!

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#10 posted 07-05-2009 05:35 PM

Per your last post, as the the motto goes…..”it is easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission”.

I would expect a “honey do” list the length of California if she follows the response of most females I know.

Anyhow, Great detailed carvings. I have a few friends that would love that table in their dining room…although they would have to expand their dining room to allow it to fit. It appears to be a pretty massive piece, and what no pictures of the forklift that helped you move that out to the shoot? :-) I guess you were limited to 6 pictures.

Great job – thanks for sharing

-- Brian - Virginia

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#11 posted 07-06-2009 01:03 AM

Unique table

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#12 posted 07-06-2009 09:25 AM

A beautiful table and a beautiful lady! And she hunts! My kind of girl! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 07-08-2009 01:50 AM

Gothic Definition-’Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height.’ You’ve nailed the definition and the artful impressions in your works..very nice…hmmmm I’m getting ideas!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#14 posted 07-08-2009 03:48 AM

Thanks again for the feedback.

I’ll pass the compliments on to Teri – she hasn’t played the card yet for payback on the post but I’m sure it will show up one day when I least expect it.

No fork lift unfortunately – we arrived to deliver the set in Austin and our client had arranged for her son and 5-6 of his college buddies to be available for muscle. We got the pieces onto dollies and wheeled them pretty much into their final resting place.

There’s profile has a few more of the medieval photo shoot pictures:

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#15 posted 07-09-2009 06:19 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship and great photos! The costumes and props are a great touch, not to mention the wolves!

How much did the table weight and by what means did you deliver it?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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