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Project by George Coles posted 03-07-2012 06:53 AM 4128 views 1 time favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi. I need creative help here. The story is that I found this piece of Philippine Narra that is 1100 mm x 50 mm in size. I think it was an old table originally. When I sanded it to see what it was, I found this very unusual grain pattern and also the colour was unique, making, to my mind a stunningly beautiful piece of wood. My first instinct was to make it into a table of some sort. But the more I looked at this colour and pattern, the less inclined I was to do that. So end result is that I sanded it roughly and coated with lacquer and bees wax and put it on a stand. Where I need help is in giving it a name. I feel a piece of wood this unique deserves a name or title. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

-- George Coles,

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 06:59 AM

Looks kind of like a planet…. Mars maybe?

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 07:05 AM


At first glance, it looked like the planet Mars, due to the red color, but when I saw the swirls it reminded me of Jupiter.

So perhaps, “heavenly body” or “planet wood” ...... just some thoughts!


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#3 posted 03-07-2012 07:08 AM

Picture no.3 made me think Jupiter

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 07:55 AM

i would make it into a new table and live eith it i would not use it to look at its much to nice for that

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 08:02 AM

I’m with thedude50t’d be a very nice coffee table. It’s not that creative though.

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 08:45 AM

Turmoil. -or-
Changing of the tides.

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 10:38 AM

The first name that came to mind when I saw this was Harvest Moon.

Beautiful piece of wood.

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 11:11 AM

I understand and respect the fact you didnt carve or hack into it. Its a beautiful piece. i would name it THE CHALLENGER! because we have all come across a nice piece but never done anything with it “I have at least five sitting in my shop just waiting for a good idea” its a challenge! and any craftsman loves a challenge! looks great bud

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#9 posted 03-07-2012 12:31 PM

“Tempest” or “Natures Tempest”.

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#10 posted 03-07-2012 01:37 PM

Torris Sol Solis – :atin for “burning sun”

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#11 posted 03-07-2012 02:07 PM

How about Sand Dollar

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#12 posted 03-07-2012 02:09 PM


At first glance it reminded me of the Sun. I thought WOW! Now that’s a Hot chunck of wood!

So maybe the name Sun Spot would be nice. Or maybe Stormy Grain or Waves of Grain.
It sure is beatutiful and useing to make a table top would be nice too!

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#13 posted 03-07-2012 02:11 PM

Sense you want to display it why not the best of both ideas. Make a colonial folding top table (even a modern style of one). These are the tables that you see near a wall or in the corner of a room where you pull them out a little and fold the top down. The top on many are the so called pie crust design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 03-07-2012 02:13 PM

Simply hang it on a wall and call it: “Unfinished Piece #1”
Beautiful piece of wood… I’m not sure it needs any more work. The planet ideas came to me first… and then I thought one of those hanging oriental copper bongs…

Anyway, you are fortunate to have it.

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#15 posted 03-07-2012 04:52 PM

“not a table”

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