|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 08-22-2013 12:20 AM||1658 views||3 times favorited||22 comments|
Martha and I have always been enchanted by Southwestern Art. We grew up in El Paso Texas and could be in New Mexico in just a few minutes. We found Navajo pottery and desert landscapes to our liking. This table is my homage to some of our favorite art.
I need to add in that I have been looking at cutting boards at the LumberJock’s site since I joined. Such awesome creations come from your hands. I was inspired and moved by your art. I felt you all had given me enough guidance to give it a try. Try I did.
In case you’re curious about what kinds of mistakes I still struggle with, feel free to take a look at the Southwest Cocktail Table Blog. You will find that everything about what I do came or comes from you all.
I got some serious help From Grandpa Len who stepped me through many things over the phone.
Joe Lyddon, Kova, Robb and Jim Jakosh – thank you so much for the constant encouragement and advice. I treasure you guys.
All lighter colored wood is Cherry. The darker wood in the center is a result of a dumpster find. I used to think It was Jatoba until I really started paying attention. My belief is that it is Bubinga. Please correct me. The Red wandering wood on top is Padauk. Of course you can recognize the purple heart on the sides from a mile away. The dark wood which round out the lower strip aroung the table is Peruvian Walnut.
Sanded to 320 then handrubbed with 3 coats of Tung Oil. Brushed on 3 coats of General Finishes Urethane Semi-Gloss Top coat.
I walk around the table and I can see the wood moving. That has been something I have wanted to achieve since the beginning.
Thanks for looking!!!
-- Thanks for all the lessons!