|Project by Russel||posted 01-10-2010 05:13 PM||1699 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I seem to end up with cut-offs that are really nice, but either too small for a typical piece of furniture, yet cutting them for boxes would lose the character.
This is one such piece.
On one of my first few visits to see my buddy Dennis at Michigan Hardwoods he threw this piece in the back of my truck and said, “See what you can do with this.” At that time, I hadn’t a clue what to do with it. But when I got it home and started looking at it, it was clear that this was one pretty piece of wood. At it’s widest it is about 18 inches, and runs about 19 inches along the grain. And, I do believe it really wanted to be a potato chip, with the cups and twists. It took a little doing to get it reasonably flat.
There is all kinds of stuff here, from the natural edge, to the split-off of the branches, to the spalting that is just fantastic. Too much to ignore. Thus, it was decided that this should be a table top of some sort. The problem was what to put under it.
At first I figured something rustic. But, I don’t do rustic so very good and that also seemed a bit predictable. A traditional stand is definitely more to my skill set, and allows for a certain mix of cultures, if you will. Some might say that the two do not mix well, but I’m finding it growning on me. Sort of a statement like, “Can’t we all just get along?”
So, this piece of wood, thrown in the back of my truck, that is just full of character has become a plant stand with definite visual interest and a bit of a conversation starter. It is solid Walnut and stands about 18 inches tall and is finished with wipe-on poly.
So now, talk amongst yourselves.
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