Friday, July 8, 2011

hello beautiful

when i was back in bemidji this spring my dad introduced me to his lumber collection—stacks of planks and pieces from native trees that he has cut, dried, and collected over the years. he had just made a beautiful table with his friend allen from a cross section of a tree and i asked him to save a slice for me if he ever came across another nice section. within days i got a phone call that allen had just found the perfect piece of local black ash with a big, beautiful burl if i wanted it. before i could scream YES it was sanded and lacquered and ready for legs. i ordered a couple of hairpins i found via kate’s blog, and my dad attached them as soon as they arrived.

last week, my mom wrapped the table in a vintage woolen mills blanket secured with duct tape and shipped it to michigan with my friend katy. it's the nicest piece of furniture i’ve ever owned.

15 comments:

  1. Swoon! That is one beautiful table. I ordered my hairpins a few months ago and have yet to use them. I plan on making a coffee table and a dining table, but haven't found the right pieces of wood yet. I'm picky, so it could be a while. I am envious of your table.

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  2. Oh wow, so beautiful. That burl takes it to a whole other level. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Dang, this looks amazing!!! This is the kind of wood I'd love to find for a table but can never get my hands on for a good price. Jealous!

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  4. OH MY GOD. that is gorgeous!

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  5. This table is amazing. And it is made with love. It doesn't get much better than that.

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  6. So much character and a little taste of home :)

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  7. Beautiful. You don't know how happy this makes me!

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  8. seriously amazing! Dad has transcendent taste!

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  9. What a cool table - made even cooler by the family dynamics. Love it!

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  10. thanks for all of your wonderful comments on the table! i'm so glad you love it as much as i do!

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  11. oh my word, it's beautiful and such a great story behind it.

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  12. This is so beautiful! I've been dreaming of a table like that. you are so very lucky

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