Redwood Burl table with Stone Inlay and pure Gold

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Project by Joni Hamari posted 2325 days ago 10131 views 11 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table I created this past fall…One of my favorites.

Created from Old Growth Redwood Burl, I have inlaid the surface with stone and pure gold.

This one did create it’s own challenges, it is a massive piece, coming in at 7 feet x 7 feet…Seats 8 to 12.
When I have exceptional wood to work with, I hate to cut it up, So this one I made as large as the wood would allow! We had milled the wood from a huge (20+ foot diameter) Redwood log…salvage wood out of California. The grain is amazing, solid curly…
The base is stunning in it’s own right…I made it from four consecutive slabs of Redwood burl, bookmatched around the base, and “capped” the corners with the same burl I made the top from. The skirt is made from the edge trimmings from the top slab, natural edges, to match the corner caps on the base…A lot of thought went into this piece…And some work too!

This piece is available for sale…email for info.

-- Joni Hamari,

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#1 posted 2325 days ago

That is amazing. thanks for sharing.

-- Hutch - North Dallas, Tx - Safety First

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#2 posted 2325 days ago

Awsome Table. One to be proud of. Is the gold used like grout with the stone?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 2325 days ago

Incredible. Just great.

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#4 posted 2325 days ago

Wow! What does this thing weigh in at?

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

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#5 posted 2325 days ago

Fantastic looking table! Great design.

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

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#6 posted 2325 days ago

Absolutely amazing! Your dedication to this piece is obvious. I’m curious – what is the stone?


-- Alberta, Canada

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#7 posted 2325 days ago

Thanks for the comments…the Gold was first inlaid into the stone (lots of evenings, lots of wine)...then the stone is inlaid into the wood. I wanted it to look like gold in quartz, so I chose a white veined stone I found at one of the Gem and Mineral shows.
Total weight comes in around 700 pounds…


-- Joni Hamari,

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#8 posted 2325 days ago

Beautiful piece. Just curious. Did you use gold nuggets or leaf? I’ve done a little in my jewelry, just small nuggets. Looks like you would have to use quite a bit for it to stand out in a piece this size.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#9 posted 2325 days ago

Exquisite detail and design. You are a true master of your craft. Thank you for posting.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 2325 days ago

Beautiful work! This wood is extremely hard to come by!!!! I have a few deals with the forestry service workers I know who are trying to help me secure more of it myself. My scraps are nowhere near this size. You are truly one one blessed few to legally posses this wood Joni! Once again the work is exquisite!

-- --Chuck

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#11 posted 2325 days ago

great look and design

-- making sawdust....

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#12 posted 2325 days ago

You’ll have to come out this way for vacation Charlie… I can take you to some trees that very few people have seen, as well as groves! I found a skull on one of the off trail excursions I took to find a certain tree once!!! The tree in my profile pic is the General Sherman Tree. the General is roughly 7 tractor trailors tall if you could stack them end to end. He dwarfs the statue of liberty! This girth of this tree is immense; without the branches and foliage the general is an astounding 52,508 CU.Ft of volume. The largest branch on this tree is just over 7’ dia. That’s much larger than your average douglas fir!! for more info and stats for all of the biggest trees go to my website at

-- --Chuck

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#13 posted 2325 days ago

Joni, only a person that can truly see the wood from a creation view can make a table like this.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#14 posted 2325 days ago

Absolutely amazing Joni! The wood alone is a rare find. I like!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#15 posted 2325 days ago

Stunning … simply stunning.

OK, so how exactly does one go about inlaying stone in wood? I understand the concept of wood inlays—set them a bit proud and then plane them down. But what kind of tool or blade do you need to use to flush the stone to the wood top?

-- Dublin, OH

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