Table Time

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One of Randy’s favorite projects are table tops (and desk tops). Almost all of the tables and desks he has made thus far are custom orders–although occasionally he finds a piece of wood that he just has to turn into a table.  The burled black walnut pictured above is one of those pieces. Currently, we are enjoying it everyday, but we will be taking it to an arts and crafts show later this fall where we know some lucky buyer will snatch it up. It is truly an example where less is more–the legs are very simple so that the burled black walnut is the center of attention.

Lately, though, most of the tables that Randy has been commissioned to build are from some sort of barn wood. The three tables pictured above are made from hundred year old barn rafters. In the case of the dining room table, Randy was asked to match the client’s existing benches. I had so much fun mixing stains until we found the right combination.  The two other tables were basically left untouched since the client in this situation wanted as natural and primitive look as possible.

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This little table was made for a house nestled in the North Georgia Mountains. For this client, Randy used barn roof underlayment. It is amazing how time can bring out the wood’s natural beauty. While the legs were stained to match the top and shelf, only polyurethane was used on the table and shelf.

Christmas Packages

Last weekend, while Randy worked on two floating desks for a client, I decided to get into the Christmas mood. Those of you who know Randy, also know that he is hesitant to throw away any wood–no matter how small the piece. As a result, we have a good bit of end pieces of absolutely beautiful wood. While looking at the collection one day, I decided that they would make perfect centerpiece presents.

I used lots of different festive ribbon and even started to mix and match as the day went on.  We even made some ornaments.

Since the preschool where I teach has a Thanksgiving Day feast for each class, I also made some fall themed centerpieces that I will use to decorate the serving table.

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I think these presents will be a big hit at the Christmas in the Country Barn Sale and Vendor Market on November 11th and at the Holiday Market at Athens Academy on November 16th.