This was a desk we designed very close in hand with the client who ordered it. He wanted a base that reflected a Nakashima base he had seen somewhere. So we went back and forth with designs and photos for a while and came up with a really niceley, modernized Nakashima inspired base. The top is actually a rare piece of burled redwood: each little burl looks like a little rosette, so the whole top is covered in little rosette burls. An eight foot long by 30-36" wide slab of redwood.
I should start out by saying we cold have done a much better job photographing this live edge walnut table. In one of the photos we even left the palet jack right next to it instead of simply reaching over and pushing it out of the way. In any case, this is a great example of a multi slab walnut top with a raw edge that we made for client. They wanted us to pick out some contrasting slabs for the top rather than having them all match together. The thinking was/is that each slab will stand out and give them soemthing different to look at each time they are at the table.
Monkeypod, and it's similar looking relative called parota wood are beautiful tropical woods. These four tables are made of monkeypod, the upscale relative of parota. The exceptional part about the way these tables are made - especially the four sided coffee tables is they are made out of single slabs of wood. As a result - if you do the mitered joints correctly - you can follow the continuous grain up the leg, across the top and down the other side.
This monkepod dining table with a live edge has a very light stain to it per- the client's request in an attempt to tone down slightly the contrast between the light outer sapwood that defines the raw edge of the dining table and the brown heartwood of the overall slab. The X leg made out of rectangular steel tubing and finished with our standard (and most popular) gun metal bronze finish really adds movement to the piece.
This was an 18ft long table we made for a restaurant in Georgia. It was our briliant idea to suggest a design that uses all sorts of cutoff pieces of monkeypod. And I am using the word "brilliant" sarcastically. Because while the end result was awesome, and the idea of using up doscarded lumber was cool, the work was monumental (here is a link to another raw edge monkeypod project where we greatly underestimated the work).
This is a spectacular kings size headboard and platform bed made out of monkeypod. A size like this really lets what we specialize in come into it's own and that's sourcing giant slabs of salvaged wood from around the world. Monkeypod is a spectacular shade tree with medium height trunks that get really wide to support the big shade branches. So you get these awesome slabs from them. We also made one out of walnut that was equally amazing.
This was a cool collaboration with our client. He wanted a coffee table that he could change the size of easily. We suggested this form. A really clean sleek design made out of four chunks of monkeypod with an overall dimension of 66"x66". The 1/2" square metal rod for the table bases is what gives it the modern flair with the organic feel of the salvaged monkeypod slabs on top. The combination to our eye is a reall winner. And now our client can easily pull one or two of the tables to use as side tables for chairs and have a smaller (but still pretty big) coffee table as a result.
This is a great use of a portion of a monkeypod log that usually gets discarded. Lumber mills don't usually mess around with the part of the trunk of the tree that is closest to the ground because of all the holes and general weirdness. They like nice continuous logs. That's where our lumber salvager and reforestation project owner in Costa Rica comes in. When we work with him, he lets us pick through all of the cutoffs like these.
This was a great request from a client: to do a reverse live edge monkeypod table. So you get the nice clean lines of the outer edges and let the middle of the table express the live edge of the dining table. Added to that several butterfly joints and a nice clean and simple U leg and it ends up being a truly unique dining table.
This was a custom table and base for a client in Texas. The top is a beautiful raw edge spalted maple bookmatched top. The slabs had great subtle feather figuring running down the middle of the whole light wood top. The base was another thing all together. This was easily the hardest base we have ever made, later on we made an awesome chrome tree leg in the same style.