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Project by naturalism posted 1768 days ago 2173 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

47”l x 36”w x 18”h

This wonderfully odd table was designed around the beautiful Buckeye burl slab top. The unusual gray coloring is caused by a fungus that invaded the wood and caused spalting. There are several prominent voids that penetrate through the top forcing the mound under the top to wrap around in a ‘U’ shape. The interior of this shape is lined with over one hundred rosewood spikes that are roughly half the diameter of the outer mahogany spikes. For the most part these spikes can only be seen through the voids in the top. There are approximately 175 outer spikes, each with a custom lacquer finish. The last photo in the gallery is a detail of the table underside.

Materials: Buckeye burl, Oak, Rosewood, Mahogany

-- Robert Brou, Atlanta, GA, www.naturalismfurniture.com





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1768 days ago

A great piece with one of a kind appeal

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BeachedBones

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#2 posted 1768 days ago

Kewl! Nice work on all of these tables.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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Daniel Dugan

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#3 posted 1768 days ago

I think one of the more compelling distinctions that can be inferred between ART (e.g. painting, sculpture, poetry etc) and CRAFT (e.g. furniture making, automotive design, textiles etc.) is that at its best art is in dialogue with the transcendent. Art points past its own materiality towards a meaning or meaninglessness that we each wrestle with. On the other hand, we are often engaged by the rich materiality of a craft piece and sometimes it may speak of transcendence through excellence in design and execution, but rarely does it challenge our expectations of the material or the function. I love this piece because it reaches out to me with the rich investment of craft in its materials, and then challenges those materials by its mimic of biologic forms. Beautiful. Thanks.

-- -Daniel. "To be, rather than to seem" (not my words, but I like them)

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 1767 days ago

extraordinary.
I’d have troubles deciding which way to show it off—right side up or upside down.

absolutely stunning piece of work. Fascinating, .. and the details! impressive

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Konquest

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#5 posted 1767 days ago

When that was published in the readers’ gallery of FWW, my friends and I were looking at it and decided on two things: it is absolutely stunning in every way; true “art furniture”, and that it would be the worst table ever for people with crawling babies or toddlers.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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Blake

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#6 posted 1766 days ago

LOVE it.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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woodchips

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#7 posted 1766 days ago

dude, that is insane! i love looking at, it just invites you to stare. beautiful!

~isaac

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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Cantil3v3r

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#8 posted 1765 days ago

fantastic piece! it really captures the essence of the sea urchin and i love how all of the colors come together. beautifully done!

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dustygirl

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#9 posted 1763 days ago

Very unique.Nice job.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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scottb

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#10 posted 1759 days ago

NICE!! love it.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 1759 days ago

I know a fakir who would turn this upside down and sleep on it LOL seriously wondeful design I love this piece.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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mmh

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#12 posted 1717 days ago

Nicely done! Quite unique and interesting. It really does remind me of the time I was snorkeling off the coast of Malaysia and there was a small cluster of sea urchins all by themselves in the middle of sand and more sand. I went over to investigate and in the 15 ft. of water, there were about 6-8 sea urchins and their spines were about 3-4 ft. long! They were swaying in the current so gracefully. I suddenly realized the current was pushing me towards them. Boy did I learn to back paddle FAST!

-- "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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Ken90712

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#13 posted 1716 days ago

This has to go in one of the top 5 projects on here. All I can say is, “WOW” dude you really pulled it off on this one…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#14 posted 1658 days ago

Thats incredible, spectacular!

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Dusty56

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#15 posted 1605 days ago

Wonderful !!!

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

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