|Project by KnickKnack||posted 03-09-2013 12:27 PM||2271 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
Some friends came to visit us recently, so we went touring around the local (Portalegre in Portugal) region. Around here there are many megalithic dolments, menirs, antas etc etc. A rather lovely example lies about 90km south of us, the “Anta da Candieira” ...
It’s not so much the stones, although they are impressive, but the location – sitting in the doorway you can see only trees and sky, smell only flowers, and hear only birds.
About a year ago my wood man sold me a long piece of very thick wood. He said it was Jatoba, but it isn’t – I have no idea what it is, but the smell from it, a nice smell I hasten to add, permeates any room in which the wood sits. The main portion is destined for a table or a bench, but I haven’t yet sussed out how exactly to do that. But I did cut a chunk off one end to give it a nice even pattern, and that chunk has been sitting on my desk ever since, waiting for inspiration to strike.
Well, it struck – I put the 2 things above together, which sent me scurrying off to our (old technology) photo albums, and I eventually found what I was looking for from 1999…
The Poulnabrone dolmen in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland, which I used as the basis for this small table.
(The Burren is simply amazing – if you ever get the chance to visit, I’d recommend it).
The top is the unknown wood.
The “Legs” are ammonia fumed ash (the fuming doesn’t do much, but I like the way it makes the ash look a bit “evil”) attached with serious floating tenons.
Lest you be unsure, yes, the legs are not vertical, and yes, the legs are not straight, and yes, two of the legs are not parallel, but yes, the table is horizontal.
Finished with Danish Oil.
30cm x 45cm x 30cm high.
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