Western Table

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Project by Les Hastings posted 01-27-2008 10:29 PM 2293 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay this project is pretty much where things all began….

Hand carved western table made out of sugar pine. The top is 84” in Dia. There is about 44’ of hand carved 3/4” rope around the top. Four different scenes around the band of the table seperated by a block with a different carving on each of those. The carved area is 2 or 2 1/2” tall, don’t remember for sure. I have to check on that.

When I first came to work in here 1991 no one ever carved on any of the furniture, “Why not” I asked. The responce I got was “No one knows how.” “I’d like to try if there is ever a chance to.” Was my reply. A few weeks went by and this table came about. “Think you can do this?” “Don’t know,,,but lets find out.” We got the job and so I got started.

It took a total of 314 hours to complete, we bid 315.

Now most people never believe this but I assure its the truth! This was the first carving I ever did of any kind relief or otherwise. I can not explain it, it just happens. All I can tell you is that I can see it in my head before I start. I’ve never been taught, I just jumb in and get my feet wet and go.

This table went to Aspen Co. recently the house was sold that this table was built for. The buyers would not buy the house without the table. Its things like that and the reaction from the person or person’s that a project is for that makes it all worth while for me.

OK! Trying to figure out how to do this. Let’s see if it works. Here’s some more pictures of the carvings around the table.

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Ok Dude’s I think I figure it out! (I’m a woodworker not a computer geek)

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 01-27-2008 10:35 PM

Nice looking table. Excellent carvings!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 10:58 PM

nice work.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 11:13 PM

Great job!

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

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 11:28 PM

Wow, that would make a long time carver proud, much less a first time effort. Good job.

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 11:34 PM

a natural skill.. how wonderful that you discovered it and have been able to put it to such – beautiful- work!!


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-27-2008 11:46 PM

Very well done. Excellent

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 01-28-2008 12:35 AM

The carving really makes this a one of a kind piece of furniture. This is something that simply isn’t done anymore largely because (1) most people are reluctant to pay for the actual cost of producing a hand carved piece and (2) this is largely a lost art among woodworkers.

I am amazed at your self confidence in this area. Most first time carvers would have “honed” their skills before tackling something as advanced as this. Your craftmanship speaks for itself.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 02:14 AM

Fantastic work, I couldn’t even draw something like that, let alone carve it.

-- Perth, Australia

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#9 posted 01-28-2008 02:18 AM

welcome to lj’s LES. You do nice work.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 01-28-2008 03:51 AM

Wow! – Great story and table! – You obviously have a gift! Very nice workmanship!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#11 posted 01-28-2008 06:00 AM

wow…they wouldnt buy the house without the table…that says it all right there…amazing work!!! welcome to LJ’ssss…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 01-28-2008 06:50 AM

Good night! Great table. The carving is awesome. What is the finish?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#13 posted 01-28-2008 06:52 AM

Nice! Very intricate carving work. Lots of work!


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#14 posted 01-30-2008 02:10 PM

Wow!!! I can picture this table in a beautiful log cabin in west Texas,...(which is where I want to live :) ) Your story is amazing,...but if you are like many people,..including myself,....” I feel anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it,...nothing is impossible.” However for your first carving this is awesome. Absolutely breathtaking!!!!!!!

-- Dana,Texas

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#15 posted 02-02-2008 04:25 PM

314 HOURS!!!! Woah… is truly a beautiful piece.

-- Kevin

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