|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 07-05-2009 08:58 AM||7107 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
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.””:http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/pftbpage1.shtml
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com