|Project by Wheathills||posted 02-06-2013 12:57 PM||9689 views||17 times favorited||23 comments|
In 1937 a 500 year old Oak tree blew over in Oxfordshire. The timber was planked and stacked for seasoning. Two generations passed and the forgotten timber was re-discovered during a retirement sale and purchased by ourselves.
The first plank has been used and inspired by an ancient staddle stone that stands outside Wheathills (staddle stones were what old barns, grain stores and the like sat on to help cut down damp and creature infestation)
Traditional techniques were used in making the table and Wheathills’ Cabinet Makers used Cabinet Scrapers to maintain the timber’s own contours and texture.
Some of the bark was excised to reveal the buds beneath, and in other areas strengthened with Conservation Resin. The objective was to retain the timber’s inherent appearance, even the ‘bark pocket’ within the board was conserved.
The slightly odd appearance of the table was further improved by the design that gave it the appearance of not being able to support itself. The table’s only leg was situated to the far right and a tennon supported the top that was jointed through the board with wedges of Walnut.
-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK, http://www.wheathills.com