|Project by Alan Young||posted 07-28-2008 05:09 PM||1720 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
Over the next few days I’ll be posting some pictures of projects I’ve completed in the last year or two but haven’t shared here. To begin here is a carved coffee table. Sapele for the top and Mahogany for the apron and legs.
I started work on this piece in February of 2007 and worked at it sporadically through the coming months, and while it took 7 months to complete, I didn’t do a specific logging of hours.But the real question for me was not how many hours, weeks or months I spent building this piece but rather “How long did it take to learn how to build it?” For that question I’d say I’ve been working up to this piece for at least 6 years and probably more like 10. The carving element is obviously a dominant factor in the design of the piece- but form, proportion, joinery and finish are all factors that were not easily “thrown in” when I began contemplation of this piece. Acquiring the skills to make all the factors in this furniture equation come out with a pleasing answer is a long process.While I am pleased with the result I think there are many ways that this piece could evolve in future iterations.