Texas rhythm and beauty

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Project by Arthouse posted 06-22-2013 01:26 PM 1192 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wandering the many Texas hill country ranches I came across a beautiful straight walnut tree. I cut it down and slabbed it out several years ago to air dry . I decided to put two crotch bookmatch pieces together using the round sections for the front coffee table. I then used a single leg and solid piece for the support . The crotch pieces were beautiful colors but had dried cracks in them . Since I love the natural use of wood without epoxy or semi precious stones to fill in I decided to use wedge butterfly joinery to hide the cracks and for accent design . I then added butterflies to the joined sections to even out the design even though I doweled the two pieces together. I then finished using conversion varnish for a stunning natural piece that reflects the rhythm and beauty of nature. 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 06-22-2013 01:56 PM

The color variations in the Walnut are really amazing : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 06-22-2013 02:42 PM

This is a nice piece and a good creative use for the wood.

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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#3 posted 06-22-2013 02:50 PM

George Nakashima would be very proud!

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#4 posted 06-22-2013 03:24 PM

What Dallas said! WOW!

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#5 posted 06-22-2013 03:37 PM

Very nice work

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#6 posted 06-22-2013 05:07 PM

this is another beauty to add to your portfolio…as i love walnut this is a beauty of a table, ive got some walnut that i will be using soon that is just beautiful. there two large crotch pieces…thats all i can say for now…keep your beautiful work coming.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 06-22-2013 06:09 PM

Beautiful WOOD…

Wonderful Job…

COOL design…

Thank you.

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#8 posted 06-22-2013 11:48 PM

Gorgeous work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 06-23-2013 12:15 AM


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#10 posted 06-23-2013 03:01 AM

A beautiful coffee table. The walnut is great looking and you did it proud they way you highlighted the natural shape. A wonderful work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 06-23-2013 03:10 PM

Very beautiful table. nothing like a natural look to set it off!!

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

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#12 posted 06-25-2013 09:00 PM

That really is a beautiful piece! I would love to see of photo from the back point of view also. Where abouts in the Hill Country are you?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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