This 3" thick walnut tabletop is just about ready for the finishing room.
I love working with friend's Rusty and Lisa Alexander on custom pieces for their beautiful new, Phil Kean designed modern home. Super talented designer Rob Turner helps them with most of their projects - this one as well.
This oversized pair should fit just right into the Alexander's oversized, over modern, over cool lakeside home. We began this one several months ago. So glad to be getting back to it.
The super creative team at Natural Curiosities is one of the few exhibitor's that gets my attention, even for only a few moments, each year at High Point. This interhall exhibit of 15 LA artists is a wonderful diversion from what has become almost the standard fare of cheap uninspired imports that has taken over HP.
Some of my fondest childhood memories were of helping my Dad screen print Christmas cards each year. Although only a few cards sent to family friends each year, I so looked forward to this annual project. Back in the early '60's the screens were hand cut - eventually moving toward a photographic process that allowed more detail, although possibly just a bit less soul. This (unknowingly at the time) was my introduction to a couple of creative endeavors that became passions as well as professions thru most of my life.
Oops, back to the show. Some of their (Natural Curiosities') work is screen printed, and this year they were printing onsite these wonderful cards.
Well, one of our tables did.
Linda was shopping for groceries last night, was in the checkout line, picked up and briefly flipped thru the current Issue of Florida Design. Look what she found! My goodness I love (and could use) free press. This is a great article. But to be perfectly honest it's really about my over the top, super creative friend's in Winter Park - Phil Kean and Rob Turner of PKD.
The photo was of Phil's 2012 New American Home dining room. I think Phil's home make's a great new home for our single slab dining table. We collaborated with Rob and Phil on this dining table. Very pleased with the results.
Great addition (surprise) was to see an amazing bread maker here at one of our fav organic farms. (sorry no pics yet). Magpie+Ruth was selling the greatest bread Saturday at Jack o Lantern Farms. Gosh, I almost forgot just how good real bread is.
Also great to see wheatgrass for sale. It's so easy to grow, but i just haven't found the rhythm yet. Hmm, for some reason though, the farm's wheatgrass was soo much sweeter??
I think a great sign of an organic farmer is if bees and honey are close by.
Sassafras Wade, two year birthday today. These pics were taken last summer on Wilson Lake, North Alabama. When we moved to the river last year I couldn't believe my Golden was scared of the water. (Just about) every day after work for a couple of weeks I took her down to the River for a gentle introduction. I think she got it. . . .
There are quite a few fox(es) throughout our outlying communties. I've heard quite odd animal noises for year's, not kowing just what/ where it was coming from. Now I know. I'ts this fox.
A couple of weeks ago we were throwing Frassie some frisbees. It must have startled this fox and it somehow jumped up ontop of the roof of our neighbor's home. Foxes are amazing. So quick, cunning, smart - and now - a leaper!
Ya, i suppose in some area this ole dog is slow to change. My saws cut, and I seem to have preferences for straight cuts, well at least in the past. Now, after almost seven years of furniture making, i'm actually building my first oval table top. And even more astonishing - i'm enjoying it!
I wiped this unfinished oval tabletop with mineral spirits to "appear" somewhat finished for the pics. In process is this one, and it's mamma.
Dimensions: 64" x 38" 3" thick
Mama: 85" x 47" 3" thick
My plan (for this and future pieces) to build and finish the tops, and allow the customer to choose from completed (or not) legs and heights, and table type.
I'd love to hear what you think about Oval. I'll be sure to post some pics of the completed top, hopefully on some of the leg options before long.