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, December 10, 2012

Great Designs in Wood (35) - The Phoebe Table

Wow. This table is more proof that unique innovations in design can, and frequently will, include wood to make them special. The Phoebe Table is the masterpiece of Mr. Bob Huskey of Saturn Design in Seattle.
"The Phoebe Table is composed of up to 24 crescent leaves plus a round Terminus for open shapes that can be set on each other within a 30 degree range of arc. The smallest circle is 60” diameter with 12 leaves, the largest is 90” with 24 leaves. It is 18’ long and 30” wide as a straight line with all 24 leaves. There are 30 legs available."
View the rest of the design document here.

And these are his thoughts about the mahogany veneer he used to highlight his creation...
"The top is veneered with quartersawn mahogany that is highly chatoyent with a subtle crossfire. I came across it 15 years ago and have been saving it for a piece worthy of its beauty. Each crescent leaf, as well as the terminus, is veneered as though it were a starburst radial patern. This patern originates at the implied center of the cricle of the outer edge of the crescent. A starburst pattern with a highly chatoyent wood is very active when you walk around it. The flashes and changes in color follow you as you move. That effect is multiplied in this design. Each leaf flashes incrementally differently because you are in a slightly different angle to each one. You see the starburst from twelve angles at once and the flashes all move as you do. The effect is dazzling and mesmerizing."
As is the video Mr. Huskey produced to introduce the Phoebe Table. If you like out-of-this-world design, and excellent classical guitar, this video is for you.

Phoebe's Table Dance at Saturn Design from Saturn Design on Vimeo.

Another great designer who has Gone Wood.

Thanks to the Woodworking Network for sharing this.

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