|Project by Joni Hamari||posted 04-17-2008 06:29 PM||7395 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
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