Cherry table/bench

IMG_0852 IMG_0853  I made a handful of tops: one cherry, two mulberry and one walnut, finished them and set them aside. The wood I used spoke to small tables and, although I had no idea what the bases would look like, I knew this pile of wood wanted to be table tops.IMG_0855

I decided to finish the cherry one. I had a rough idea for legs: I split part of a hollow cherry log about a foot in diameter. I split through a knot so that the legs would appear to be mirror images of each other. Then, I set to the business of cleaning these pieces up with chainsaw, grinder and sander. There was a lot of loose interior punkiness which needed to go. Fortunately, there was no sign of bugs, in the interior or in the bark. The bark wanted to cling, as opposed to falling off, so I smoothed it and brought out the color.IMG_0854

I cut the legs at about 15 degrees on both ends. This was challenging, but after a few tries, I got it. I joined the legs with a piece of cherry, natural edge down, and that combo became the base.

IMG_0904The result is a very substantial bench/table 45″l x 14″w x16 1/2″t. $450.00.


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.