Custom Redwood Slab Table Over Wenge Base w/ Ebony Butterflies

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-17-2014 05:53 AM 1520 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project design and build is by Master Craftsman Michael Pietras through Artisans of the Valley.

Starting with an abstract redwood slab Michael followed the grain lines with these unique ebony butterflies. Each butterfly is designed to follow the natural path of the grain.

The table edge remains live, painted black.

The base is African Wenge, crisp angles create a dramatic support structure. Mounted with metal strips, this joint is extremely solid.

Finish is a proprietary mix of chemicals that prevent the redwood from turning black while protecting and hardening the surface.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 08:23 AM

Those bowties are really cool. Beautiful piece!

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 09:23 AM

Very nicely done.. like Watermark said, the bowties are nice.

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 10:49 AM

Very nice

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 11:17 AM

Nice. I don’t normally like bowties but those are cool.

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 11:57 AM

I really like it its very beautiful piece of wood and I like the shape of the butterflies. thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 12:11 PM

i really do love red wood, and i really like how you have displayed it, along with others i agree the butterflies are a pleasing shape, much nicer than a straight lined piece, can you share what you used to stope the wood from turning gray, i guess im not familiar enough with the wood to know that is turned gray, is it because its going to be outside or what, please explain .

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#7 posted 04-17-2014 12:29 PM

holy cow that is gorgeous. How did you do the inlays in the table for the butterfly’s? That is really amazing work.

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#8 posted 04-17-2014 07:50 PM

I also like the butterflies how did you cut them ? I.E. both the butterflies and the butterfly tenons for them ? Alistair

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#9 posted 05-13-2014 11:08 AM

Your projects are fine pieces of art, such as this. WowZa!

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