Project Overview: Cherry & Big Leaf Maple Console Table

Project Overview: Cherry & Big Leaf Maple Console Table

Where Art and Craftsmanship Merge

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a charity auction benefitting one of Houston’s premier arts organization Diverse Works. The event was called “Art Design Life” and was held at Match in midtown Houston. At this event, several vignettes were arranged featuring designs and pieces from local designers, makers and other vendors. Each vignette had a theme of sorts, and all of the pieces in the vignette were available for auction.

Top of Cherry and Big Leaf Maple Wood Table by Greenwood Bay Woodworking Studios in Houston
Waterfall wood design of a Cherry and Big Leaf Maple Wood Table by Greenwood Bay Woodworking Studios in Houston
Waterfall edge of Top of Cherry and Big Leaf Maple Wood Table by Greenwood Bay Woodworking Studios in Houston
Bottom of Top of Cherry and Big Leaf Maple Wood Table by Greenwood Bay Woodworking Studios in Houston
Top of Cherry and Big Leaf Maple Wood Table by Greenwood Bay Woodworking Studios in Houston
Top of Cherry and Big Leaf Maple Wood Table by Greenwood Bay Woodworking Studios in Houston

I designed and built this handmade wood console table just for the auction. It is made from solid cherry hardwoods and topped by a waterfall of heavily figured Quilted Maple. I had previously spotted the Maple at my favorite mill in New England and bought it immediately because of its outstanding figure, even though I didn’t have any particular project in mind for it. So when I was planning this auction piece, I knew immediately that I wanted to include the Quilted Maple.

Creating a Waterfall Design

Since the Maple wasn’t especially large, I decided to show it off as much as possible by making it a waterfall over the edge of the Cherry table, which itself is a waterfall style. The Cherry had some nice color variation in it which enhanced the natural appeal of the wood. The lighter areas of the Cherry are called “sapwood” which is often cut off from the “heartwood” to create a more uniform color. In this case, I decided to leave it on.

The design is known as a “waterfall” because of the way the wood appears to flow over an edge. This effect is created by cutting the wood at the point of the “waterfall” at a 45-degree angle, and then “folding” the piece over to create the waterfall effect.

I always add “mortise and tenon” joinery to make the joint strong. Tenons are simply a piece of wood that protrudes from one piece and that fits into a perfectly shaped recess (mortise) in the mating piece. Then both pieces are glued together to create the waterfall.

Final Prepping

This entire piece is finished with hand rubbed penetrating oil. I use a special European plant-based product that is actually marketed to commercial flooring contractors. It looks great and gives excellent protection. I also love the fact that there are no solvents and no VOC’s, which means there are no bad fumes and off-gasses to contend with.

I attended the auction itself with my wife, Cynthia. We had a lovely time seeing all the other great pieces on display, eating great food and mingling with the crowd. Cynthia found some lovely jewelry pieces which she bought.

A day or two after the auction, I had the pleasure of meeting the family who bought my piece, and they were kind enough to stop for a photo op with me just before loading it in their SUV.

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Announcing Bandsaws & Bourbon | May 12, 2018

Announcing Bandsaws & Bourbon | May 12, 2018

Join us at  “Bandsaws & Bourbon” for an opportunity to witness how Greenwood Bay hand makes some of the most unique furniture around and then experience a tasting of some of the best distilled spirits anywhere.

Attendees will have the chance to tour our shop and learn how we make our live edge furniture and artwork. Our pieces have been seen on HGTV’s “Home by Novogratz” as well as the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express, HOUZZ, and numerous design blogs.

Then we’ll sip spirits provided by Nine Banded Whiskey, a craft distillery in Austin, Texas dedicated to making whiskeys in the style of American whiskeys long before Prohibition-era. Nine Banded celebrates the great American tradition of whiskey making.

It’s your chance to enjoy the best of the studio and the distillery, all in one event! Time of the event is from 2 – 4 pm, on Saturday, May 12.

REGISTER HERE

 


Nine Banded Whiskey event at Greenwood Bay

About the Whiskey

Nine-Banded Whiskey is a creative blend of fine barrel-aged whiskeys made in the classic American tradition. They blend oak barrel-aged whiskeys with limestone-filtered spring water found in the Texas Hill Country, to create an approachable whiskey that at 90-proof, has a subtle bite and a laid-back finish. This smooth finish can be attributed to limestone, which raises the PH balance of the water and amplifies both the flavor and aroma profile. Nine Banded Whiskey also likes to think it enriches our whiskey with some Texas soul.
DiverseWorks Art • Design • Life Exhibition Fundraiser & Party

DiverseWorks Art • Design • Life Exhibition Fundraiser & Party

Glad to announce that Greenwood Bay will be a contributor to the silent auction for DiverseWorks upcoming Art • Design • Life Exhibition Fundraiser & Party!

We will be designing a table and art piece to be auctioned off. Pictured to the right is the art piece “Untitled” this beauty is made of Bloodwood, Purpleheart, Sycamore and Copper Leaf. Check out the natural colors of these diverse woods – no pun intended.

DiverseWorks presents Art • Design • Life is an exhibition, auction and party benefiting DiverseWorks’ exhibitions, performances, and programs. They bring together Houston’s vibrant art, architecture, and design communities for a celebration of the arts in our everyday lives.

This special fundraising event features music, culinary delights, and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind experiences including curated trips and dinners, original artwork by national and international artists, and design objects by Houston makers – all presented in five distinct vignettes in the gallery.

Help keep Houston Strong by supporting local artists and artisans.

AUCTION & PARTY: Thursday, May 17, 7 pm
EXHIBITION: May 12 – 19, 2018

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