"Reaching for the Light"

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Project by Arthouse posted 04-03-2013 01:32 AM 1930 views 19 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coffee table called “Reaching for the light”. The first furniture piece in my ” Tree of Life ” series. I designed this to look like mushrooms or weeds growing fast angularly entrenching their roots, mutating fast to reach for the light. I use mitsumoto tree’s and a figured walnut stump to achieve a naturally growing moving piece of furniture. I first find the stump on my many journeys thru the six thousand Texas Hill country acres ranches I have permission to roam ; with creeks and streams on horseback or four wheeling finding the walnuts and cherry groves. I select the tree for cracks,holes and bark inclusions . I then sand and finish the walnut with lacquer . I then install the tree’s in only the cracks and holes . I set up a jig to cut all the trees at the same height which is a trade craft secret right now and then a sanding jig another trade secret to date. I then set the glass on top for the euphoric moment of finality for a natural organic piece . A sophisticated stunning unique piece that calls for attention, for any eclectic setting or contemporary environment. I can only imagine other pieces similar still in nature but different because every type of tree is different . This is why I love to search nature for my pieces it calls me and directs me with an invisible energy as the birds watch , the deer , antelope play looking on with approval without going to a lumber yard. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 01:46 AM

You have a wonderful creative mind & the matching skills to materialise it. Lovely artistry

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 02:10 AM

That is awesome!

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 02:10 AM

Very nice work. Your well guarded secret is worthy of your protection. Very good use of the forms and colors. This should be a well used and appreciated coffee table.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 02:11 AM

that’s a sweet table

-- Joel

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 02:59 AM

I like it. Great design.

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 03:32 AM

Very cool ! I like it too!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 03:43 AM

Very good!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 05:18 AM

I view it as a beautiful model scale of trees coming out of a large rock formation. Makes me think of being a kid running through the trees by the river. The smooth walnut being the slick mud area where the path goes towards the water and sometimes trying not to slip in. :)

Great piece and adding to “My Favorites” for CrEaTivIty. Love your story behind it. Thanks for posting.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 06:12 AM

That is absolutely stunning. Awesome talent

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 06:19 AM

That is absolutely stunning. Awesome talent

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#11 posted 04-03-2013 11:25 AM

Looks ‘underwater’ to me. Nice work making the branch ‘dispersion’ look natural.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 12:31 PM

Very unique!!!!!!!!!!!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 04-03-2013 12:46 PM

This is a fabulous piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 04-03-2013 01:09 PM

Stunningly beautiful. I love the contrast between the two woods, and the combination of natural (wood) and man-made (glass) materials. Absolutely amazing!

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#15 posted 04-03-2013 01:20 PM

Creativity on display here! Is the glass top attached to the foundation, or does it just rest on the tree tops?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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