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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

George Nakashima Coffee Table....

For a long time now, I have been a fan of George Nakashima's wood working skills. For those not familiar with his work, I left the URL to his website. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 85.

His work is in many museums and to see his furniture in person, is to stand in awe. I once got to sit in one of his chairs!

At my first NAME National House Party, I had the good fortune to find Goode Woods in the sales room. I purchased quite a bit of unusual woods from them. That was back in the early 80s. I have been saving some of that stash for something special.

Earlier this week I picked up a copy of the latest House Beautiful magazine. The subtitle on the cover was "The New Look of Wood". I flipped through it and found a one page article on Mr. Nakashima. That got me thinking. I looked at some of his work and something clicked.

In the stash, I had some very imperfect apricot slabs....Perfect for something Nakashima.

I looked some of his stuff up on the net, got some measurements of a table that I liked and went to work. Of course, his tables are one of a kind, made from solid slabs of trees, so I couldn't reproduce one exactly. So I went for one that came close to the wood that I had on hand.

This is the top of the table after cutting, sanding and oiling. The wood was so dry that I had to either wet it or oil it to see what it was going to look like when finished. It comes close to the tops that he is famous for in normal size.

I opted for a "sled" base. In truth, this is from the 80s, but I am cheating. Tessie will never know it's not one of his 60s tables if you don't tell her.....

It was love at first sight. She Ohh-ed and Ahh-ed over it. She definitely wants it for the townhouse.

Her comment? "Hey! You made a table that matches my hair! I like it."

I never said that she made a lot of sense. If she likes it, she's happy. That's the main thing.

Here's a shot of the other side.

I still need to let the oil soak in and then wax it with paste wax.

Actually, I just noticed, that it matches my hair too. My apologies to Mr. Nakashima. That's not the only reason that I am happy with the results. Thank you for all of your wonderful furniture designs.

I think that there will be more of this kind of furniture in my future. Maybe a few tutorials too.

See you tomorrow.


beyondbaffled said...

Lovely table!

The Old Maid said...

Turtorials yes please please! The table looks great! I am not surprised Tessie likes it!

The Dangerous Mezzo said...

What a beautiful piece of wood! I can see that it would be very inspiring, as is your memories of Mr Nakashima's work :) It's a lovely table -- what will Tessie find to put on it, I wonder?

Kathi said...

Gorgeous table Casey! I would love to have a real size one in my house!
The oiled wood is beautiful!

Ana Anselmo said...

wonderful! it is a piece of art!!! congratulations, Tessie is very lucky.
Love from Portugal

Margaret said...

Your table is lovely and the wood is so beautiful. Would also be interested in seeing your tutorials.

Deni said...

oh that is lvoely!
very different I can see why Tessie likes it!
Colour of her hair! indeed it is!!!

Maria said...

Oh my! This is looking So georgious!

Debbie said...

Beautiful Table Casey. x

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HannahFKW said...

OOO AMAZING TABLE! I MUST MAKE ONE FOR MY LUNDBY HOUSE!!! It would fit in a charm! Can't wait to see it in your house!
Hannah :)