Wood is pretty amazing. It's versatile, organic, sustainable in most cases, and it retains it's life beyond it's living years as a tree. It has the ability to reconnect us with the qualities that make us human. It scars, and bleeds, it can be transformed and polished. It's something real. A piece of wood possesses a depth and a history that allows us to consider more deeply the world we live in. This is a collection of some of my more recent projects. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Vancouver, Canada
Black Walnut Dining Table
I’ve been commissioned to build another fairly large, 82” x 40” black walnut dining table, and a pair of benches to go with. One of my favourite parts of the process is the trip to the hardwood dealer to pick out some suitable boards. Something I think you need to really experience first hand to appreciate, is that when you are picking out your boards - no two boards in the rack are the same. Each piece of wood is totally unique in size and shape. The only commonality is the approximate thickness. Because they’re rough cut - you have to look carefully at each for clues as to how it will look after a few runs through the planer. It took me just over an hour to select the appropriate amount of walnut for the table and benches. For this project I’m going with 6/4 - essentially 1 1/2” thick boards.