The inspiration for this piece came from an occasional table made by Scottish designer Charles Renee Macintosh ca. 1904. What struck me about it was that while the proportions were excellent, like many pieces of the time, it lacked flare. The challenge I took on was to blend a traditional arts and crafts style with my own interest in organic shapes.
The dramatic grain of the legs results from carving compound curves into the cathedral grain of flat sawn white oak. For added strength and visual appeal, the base connects to the legs with through tenons.
The boldness of the legs is balanced with the use of quarter sawn white oak for the top. Quarter sawn white oak was commonly used in turn of the century pieces because of its stability its decorative ribbon figuring.
The finish applied was a hand rubbed blend of linseed oil and beeswax, like what was used in the mid-1800’s. This type of finish is not only period correct, it enhances the grain of the wood in a way that can only be achieved with these natural products.
Dimensions: 18"W x 60"L x 30"H
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