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Giant Sequoia Dining or Conference table

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Project by Joni Hamari posted 04-17-2008 06:29 PM 6339 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like the rare and unusual!

This table is made from a single slab of “Giant Sequoia”, inlaid with stone across the surface and over the edges. 15 feet long, 50+ inches across, 3.5 inches thick…30 inches high.
Set on two pillar bases made from slabs of Redwood Burl, also inlaid with stone.

The Giant Sequoia is a true rarity, only a few thousand of the trees remain in small groves in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. They have been protected for decades, and from what I understand since ‘91 it has been illegal to even pick up the dead fall…This one came from the area of Sequoia National Park.
Once upon a time, they did cut these majestic trees for lumber, and ironically the largest living things on earth, became some of the smallest lumber…most of the wood became roofing shingles, pencils, and grape stakes for the early California vineyards. (Pencils? Grape stakes? What were people thinking???). I grew up only a few miles from the northernmost grove of these trees, Calaveras Big Trees State Park…and have spent much time around them…Truly an honor to work with this wood.

When I am entrusted with wood like this, I feel I have an obligation of sorts to “preserve” it, and to show it off to the best of my ability, that it my be enjoyed well into the future.
The wood is very brittle, with gorgeous coloration, quite soft…Different to work with.

The first photo with my (cute) husband Bill, gives an idea of the scale of this piece…

This piece is available for sale…email for info.

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com





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#1 posted 04-17-2008 06:47 PM

What can be said about a thing like that…. maybe… I want one too!

-- Jim

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RusticElements

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 06:51 PM

This is great! I love mixing materials.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - RusticElementArt.com - SpaceAware.org - AnConn.com

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 07:00 PM

That’s one heck of a kitchen table!

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

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Toolz

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 07:16 PM

Majestic! Absolutely fantastic.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 07:18 PM

My, what a beautiful table. A one of a kind master piece. You have captured the greatness of these trees in this table. Thank you for posting.

P.S. : If you need help moving this table, I will not be available! You sure like making them big!

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 07:24 PM

That is a nice piece of Sequoia and you are correct, they are protected. You should feel priveliged to have such a beautiful piece of wood.
As far as the groves are concerned, I have a lot of experience from the study of these magnificent trees. Of the 67 recognized sequoia groves I have been to 39 of them. Also, of the top forty biggest trees in the world I have visited 32 of them at least once. For anyone who is interested in the giant sequoia you can visit my website at www.sequoiascope.com
Any questions about these wonderful trees I would be more than happy to answer them for you! The groves I spend a lot of time in and they have truly impacted my life; Hence the name grovemadman!

FOR THOSE YOU GETTING ANY IDEA’S DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! YOU CAN EXPECT HEAVY FINES AND JAIL TIME IN FEDERAL PRISON, IF I DON’T GET TO YA FIRST!!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us Joni, you are truly one of the lucky ones!

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 08:00 PM

massive and beautiful

-- making sawdust....

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#8 posted 04-18-2008 01:35 AM

what an amazing piece of art.may i ask where you got such a piece of wood like this?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#9 posted 04-18-2008 03:15 AM

Joni,

This is one of the most amazing tables I have seen. It is simply gorgeous. I admire the craftmanship that it took to create this table. You are certainly an inspiration.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#10 posted 04-18-2008 11:52 AM

Yes in deed….truely magnificent. You are very lucky to be in possession of such a piece. That table must be very heavy. It’s so big that your husband looks like one of the Gnome’s from the Disney movie years ago….. LOL.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Joni Hamari

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#11 posted 04-18-2008 05:45 PM

Roper…It is incredible wood…apparently it had fallen onto a forest service roadway, was removed, and put up for auction by USFS.
I still have one slab left, over 20 feet long!

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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#12 posted 04-20-2008 07:10 AM

Wow…..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 08-12-2008 04:26 AM

This is a beautiful table! I love the stone inlay, and the finish looks impecable. Do you know the weight of this beast? How do you intend on getting it into the clients home?

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#14 posted 05-16-2009 01:47 PM

Jomi:
Thats is an awesome table. I am curious how you actually DID acquire that “board.”

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#15 posted 05-16-2009 05:20 PM

Now that is one hunk of a table…......very nice.

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