Maybe a little over the top...! Redwood Burl, Amber and 22 K Gold

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Project by Joni Hamari posted 05-09-2008 01:16 AM 4485 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by the Amber Room of Russia…
Just got the last coats of finish on the top of this table, and thought I should share!

A gorgeous piece of Redwood Burl…I have inlaid it with Natural Amber, which is backed with 22k Gold.
I photographed it in the afternoon sunlight, it was almost too bright with the suns reflection off the gold…Love IT! The Amber was very different to work with, trying to “max out” the material, while preserving the interesting characteristics, there is a little ant floating in one of the pieces, and a few other interesting things…Isn’t nature Amazing?
It is actually quite understated when viewed from an angle when you don’t get the “pop” from the gold…I am still dusting off the base, it is going on a birdseye burl base, that peeks out through the concave area
Yep, a little bit of work in this one, and a couple of dollars too…

Redwood Burl, Natural Amber, Gold
Finish :
Catalyzed Lacquer

-- Joni Hamari,

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#1 posted 05-09-2008 01:28 AM

I am at a loss for words!!! great job!

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 01:41 AM

This is simply gorgeous. You put together a very unique blend of materials. Joni, this is a fantastic piece.

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing this piece.

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

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#3 posted 05-09-2008 02:01 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 02:05 AM

This is something I’d love to see in person. The photo is great, but I just want to touch it!

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 02:32 AM

Fantastic looking piece of wood! Amazing.

-- 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 05-09-2008 03:27 AM

I am awestruck. Absolutely gorgeous.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 04:42 AM

Wow! , That truly is amazing!!

Thanks for posting it. Let’s see it again when you have it on the base.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#8 posted 05-09-2008 04:52 AM

Simply Amazing….

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

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#9 posted 05-09-2008 08:38 AM

I think that is a great idea for filling in the void. But this is going to sound bad, but I think the wood is prettier than the gold.


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#10 posted 05-09-2008 10:53 AM

Holy cow! That is absolutely stunning.

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#11 posted 05-09-2008 01:55 PM

As already said, Beautiful, stunning, Amazing, gorgeous, and fantastic looking, And many other words of same type. Love it.

-- JJohn

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#12 posted 05-09-2008 03:12 PM

First, I want to thank you for using large photos. We can see the details so much better.

Secondly, Wow. Very nice work Joni!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 05-09-2008 03:20 PM

Wow! You did it again!

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

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#14 posted 05-09-2008 03:34 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 05-09-2008 03:53 PM

Another beautiful piece.

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

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