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Project by ATWilliams posted 03-08-2008 03:26 AM 1669 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is personal project for me, This was a Aniversary/Mothers day present for my wife this past May.
We Vacation in the Outer Banks of NC every year, and thier symbol is the Blue Heron. So I made this so she could be in Outer Banks every day… Yea, Sappy I know.

So here go’s,, this puppy is a Monster,, its a full KING size head and foot board with Side rails as well .. It Measures 82” X 82” X 70” at the highest point on the Head Board. The entire construction is 2” X 6” solid Cherry, with solid cherry 4” X 4” post and with Head board and foot board panels made of solid Paduak and various inlays. You may guess the weight on your own, it took 3 of us to get it up and asymbled. Their are way to many woods to mention for the inlays, but I estimate as many as 10 – 15 different woods from as many different countries..

To give you a little perspective,, the Heron in the Head board is life size and so are the fish in the footboard…..

” I live to push the Envelope ….(-: “

Enjoy…

-- A. T. Williams Creation's





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#1 posted 03-08-2008 03:35 AM

That’s pretty cool! A lot of wood went into that.

-- 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 03-08-2008 03:39 AM

Thats True Gary,,, and about 150 hours of time …

-- A. T. Williams Creation's

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#3 posted 03-08-2008 03:59 AM

Great looking project. In my opinion, there’s not a better place to vacation than the Outer Banks. How long is the drive from PA?

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ATWilliams

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#4 posted 03-08-2008 04:05 AM

Thanks,, It takes us about 9 hours to drive down ,,, but we make several stops along the way,, sightseeing..

I take it you have been there ,, we
we,ve been going for 12 years

-- A. T. Williams Creation's

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#5 posted 03-08-2008 04:11 AM

That’s kind of what I figured as far as travel time. It’s strange, you can get there in about 9 hours and I talked to some guys from New Jersey and they said about 8-9 hours. I’m lucking to get there in 10 hours. Straight through driving….I think it’s 525 miles from my house. Yes, been there many times. A lot of summer vacations and other trips down in the fall to try to get in on the Blue fishing. It’s a great place. But it has changed over the years. A lot more crowded now.

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#6 posted 03-08-2008 04:14 AM

Wow, where are you driving from,,,, and also where do you stay,, we drive all the way down to Hatteras,, its not too bad down there,,, no one wants to take that drive ,,, We like to spend time on Okracoke as well ..

-- A. T. Williams Creation's

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#7 posted 03-08-2008 04:23 AM

I live pretty close to the extreme south-west part of VA. We’ve stayed a lot of different places…... condos, motels, etc. but the best is when we can get a house on the ocean that’s affordable. You’ve got the right idea about going on down to Hatteras. We’re usually between Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. Somewhere in there. I really do like your project. You did a great job. We’re always trying to bring a little bit of the Outer Banks back to our house too. Help me if the boss sees your project ….... she’ll have me trying to building one….....

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#8 posted 03-08-2008 04:41 AM

As soon as she does,, give me a yell,, I’ll talk you through it ….. (-:

-- A. T. Williams Creation's

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#9 posted 03-08-2008 05:38 AM

The Blue Heron is beautiful! Your craftsmanship is out standing. Thank you for posting.

Tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 03-08-2008 05:45 AM

A.T.,

I wish I knew what to say about this piece. You certainly did push the envelope on this one. This is simply one of the most unique and and well crafted beds I have seen. I can well believe that you have at least 150 hours in it. You have a small fortune in wood alone in this piece. Wow is enough said.

Thanks for the post. It truly is inspiring. I don’t know that I am going to rush out into my shop and start trying to do inlays but a California king has been on my wife’s list of things for me to do for some time. This does give me some ideas.

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

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#11 posted 03-08-2008 08:26 AM

That is sweet. What was her reaction to it – bet she really likes it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#12 posted 03-08-2008 05:27 PM

Projects like this are what makes LumberJocks so exciting! Excellent job A.T!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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ATWilliams

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#13 posted 03-08-2008 06:22 PM

Thanks Guys,,, I try to keep my pieces fresh new and inovative,, My style also helps me when I apply to the various art shows, the response I usually get is that they have never seen anything like my stuff. I always tell folks you got to think outside of the box, put your own spin on everthing. We are all very different, I am totally blown away by the collective work on this site ….

-- A. T. Williams Creation's

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#14 posted 03-08-2008 09:54 PM

Truly a work of art, the detail and character are true to life.

Woodworking sometimes transcends furniture and becomes the equivalent of a fine painting or scultured art—- This pieces DOES fit that transition . . .this should make a great family heirloom treasure!

GREAT Craftsmenship!

The reall question my fellow workworkers want to know….How did she top it for fathers day :)

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#15 posted 03-09-2008 03:05 AM

Well Bill, first of all, thank you very much for you comments, and as for your question,, lets just say I dident get any family heirlooms, but I made out ok …. (-:

Your comment is actually very interesting,, When asked what I do for a living,, I reply “I’m an Artist”,, most people say no, your a furniture maker. I’ve often debated the fine line between contemporary furniture, and functional art furniture …. Its wonderful to meet someone that recognizes the difference.

-- A. T. Williams Creation's

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