Box Elder Hall Not-a-Table

I belong to a woodturners group who got together to look at an old dying box elder tree. It appeared on the outside to have a lot of integrity left in it. But I knew from past experience that this particular variety of tree goes fast. The woman that lives at the house is a spry 90-somethiing who remembers this tree always being there.


We gathered all the tools of destruction, including a small bulldozer and a truck with an hydraulic lift, chainsaws, and whatever testosterone is left in a group of guys in the late 50’s and 60’s. There was a lot of faking going on, but in good fun!

The tree came down, the area was cleaned up and we all made off with the goods, severely compromised goods. The outside shell was hard but the inside was mush. Despite that, I was able to carve out a few nice pieces. This oneĀ I made into Not-a-Table because of my obsession to end the clutter on all flat surfaces, artistically if possible.



The “bowl” is part of the outside skin, having the bumps and curves underneath, minus the bark. The upside has streaks of pink and red running through it, which is actually a fungus which grows in parts of the tree. The result is quite beautiful.




and placed with the heartside out.






About the author

Craig is technically an outsider artist, having no schooling or apprentice training in the arts. His background is in building and remodeling, but always with an artistic approach. This history lends itself to creating art which is also functional. Many of the tables, kitchens and beds he has made are clever and beautiful combinations of the natural edge and graining with specific functionality. He specializes in creating for those who have a specific corner or room in the house which needs attention. Also, he has been making handmade coffins, urns and memorials since the 80's. People often get their coffins ahead of time and store them. Familiar with the laws of Michigan, Craig is able to design and execute anything people want, however, creative or simple.