Quilted and birdeye maple podium.

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Project by Arthouse posted 03-10-2012 03:50 PM 1683 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Quilted and birdseye maple podium I made for a new auditorium. I struggled with the design for quite some time going back and forth with the School of Theology over the design. I felt it should have more capitols and traditional elements fluted columns crown raised panels but they resisted because they didn’t want to make it to religious more academic eventhough it is a school of Theology. The design finally came about in a split second after going into the auditorium close to finishing and seeing all the accustical stained ash panels on the walls and ceiling having a 3/4’’ space between each panel. The design is a result of a piece fitting in not to stand out but still make it the hiearchy of the whole vast open space to center one’s eye on the stage and speaker. I decided to use the figured maple because I wanted it to be a textured design to stand out. I had a woodworking buddy who sells figured maple and get’s all his figured maple wood from a private stock of a saw mill up north. I bought two types of maple . I used quilted maple for all the matching panels then used birdseye for the routered center sign and crown moulding I made myself, for the top and bottom framing the whole design together. The size is only 45’’ high by three feet wide. I delivered in a hurry for the opening was coming soon and to all workers around and priest they were astounded by the quilting and how it fit in so well. Lesson learned it is so important not to push one’s will when most things happen for a reason. This being the case of development untill it is time . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 05:56 PM

Really sharp, great build, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 06:15 PM

Very beautiful!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 09:15 PM

Outstanding craftsmanship, beautiful woods and perfect for the area!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 03:16 AM

That turned out great! Nice story on the design process – good one to remember.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 05:49 AM

Man that’s pretty. Excellent workmanship. How about a picture of the backside?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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