|Project by Rogue||posted 04-20-2010 05:50 PM||1993 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
Because of wood’s inherrant properties we tend to get to play other rolls besides just craftsmen. Do you ever feel like you are getting to play the parts of conservationist, humanitarian, or even clergimen. This was just such a project for me. My dear freind has had a couple years of loss. Several of her closest family members have past away recently and she is left with some articals of theirs that remind her of their lives. She wanted a chest to store these items in. The catch was that she wanted it made out of her mothers sofa table.
In this piece I used the carved skirt form the table for the front style on the case and the back rest on the lid. The raised panels on the front and back are made out of the table top. I was even able to preserve the manufactures lable on the back of the front panel. The rest is spalted hard maple I milled out in an orchard near here. I am particularly proud of the twin flowers on the top of the the lid.
There was so much energy of love in her family in the grains of this wood that made it a joy to biuld. It was difficult to design something that used parts form a completly different form but it was worth it. If you are ever presented with an opportunity to be a part of someones life like this don’t shy away from the challenge. You’ll miss out on one of the most meaningful projects you’ll ever do.