Baluster Table (my first commission work)

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Project by NíccoloJosé posted 10-17-2011 12:06 PM 3116 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

  • I haven’t uploaded anything for awhile after I realize that some people visit Lumberjocks to replicate and mass produce other people’s work. I am more confident with my work now and I just kept on improving the craftsmanship of my studio furniture pieces over the last few months. I also started to document all my works with certificates and accepted the fact that it someone copies a design, it actually means you’re doing a good job.

Baluster Table
43” x 102” x 33”
Materials: 80 yr old Philippines Mahogany, Kamagong, Apitong, Giant Ipil, Dungon
Man Hours: 190hrs

Anyway, this is my first commission job for a fancy restaurant in Manila. I never realize how hard it was to deal with clients in terms of custom furniture. My creativity was held back since everything has to have approval. The result though turned out to be a success. I even carved out the name of the restaurant “2nd’s” as they requested. What started out as a simple foyer table for the entrance of the restaurant ended up being a bar table for 10. Its heavy enough that I needed 7 people to carry it up the 2nd floor where the restaurant is located.

It is an off-shoot of the traditional stair, the table pays tribute to history and tradition and juxta-poses more modern ideas and concepts of form against them. A glass is added on top of the jutting balusters and items can be stored in the space between.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 01:10 PM

congratulations on this commission

you stepped up to the plate very well

smooth clean lines
and some beautiful wood

i’ve had work ‘stolen’ over the years
but they soon tire of it
as it is to much work for lazy thieves

just keep moving forwards
nobody can match that

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 01:21 PM

“just keep moving forwards
nobody can match that”—> i will remember that, thank you.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 02:01 PM

Congratulations on the progress of your craft! You do wonderful work and the craftsmanship shows that your heart is in it. Keep enjoying your craft and others will soon take notice.

-- "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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#4 posted 10-17-2011 05:22 PM

Well you know all artists borrow, great artists steal and Imitation is a high form of compliment. and all those sayings.. LOL. At least you know how to protect your interests and defined what they are. That is one great table! Yes the difficulty of clients is why I switched early on into a Patron system until I can get my bearings and confidence up to dealing with strong egos again. Thanks for showing the original stock lumber.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 06:32 PM

That is a very interesting piece of woodworking.

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