The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Monday, October 10, 2011

Matt Fink's Ski Table

Hey Bloggers,

After our recent trip to Lewis Lumber Products, I picked out the type of wood I will be working with for this project. Keith helped me decide on "Wormy Maple" for its distinct features and as we described it, "rustic and Scandinavian look." Wormy Maple is also known as ambrosia maple and the small black holes throughout aren't actually caused by worms but rather ambrosia beetles. The beetles bore a network of tunnels throughout the tree and then a fungus creates the black and grey streaks we see. Neither of these features affect the structural integrity of the wood in any way. The ambrosia maple is common to the central part of Eastern United States.

This weekend I received my selected wood from Keith, both planed and glued (Thanks Keith!), and I have begun to cut out the legs for my table. The shape is derived from the curves seen in a skier's descent and the larger shape fits into the rustic appeal. To create the legs, I used one of the newest pieces of machinery in the Architectural Model Shop, the CNC Router. The CNC Router is a spinning drill bit attached to a moving arm, based on a 3d model the router will slowly carve the stock material to your programmed shape.

1 comment:

s johnson said...

In south Georgia the Red Maple produces the same characteristic in the lumber. Lumber from what we call Soft Maple has to be sold as ND (no defect)i.e with worm holes or WD (with defect). Made a kitchen table out of some 8/4 Soft Maple ND that had "tiger stripe" in the grain. Made a beautiful piece of furniture!