Custom ‘Deco Era’ Coffee Table

Art Deco Furniture: The ‘Deco Era’ Table

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The original ‘Deco Era’ style table I made was at the request of a customer, and based upon an old photo of a coffee table from the 30’s or 40’s. After designing the table from the photos, I crafted it from solid maple, distressed the piece & painted it in satin black enamel to give it the feel of an original vintage heirloom table.

I recently received a custom order for a table in the same style. Instead of the long & narrow coffee table, this was a 36″ by 36″ square design. I have to say that it allows more room to appreciate the accents & details of the design. This table was also crafted from solid maple & finished in satin black enamel to match the client’s living room suite.

I have been wanting to make this table in solid Black Walnut because I think it would look absolutely breathtaking, especially in the larger square size, or as square end tables along with a set. The detailed rails really lend themselves to the square design in this particular instance.

Here is the ETSY link for the newest incarnation of this table!

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Walnut Serving Tray with Birch Handles

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Hot off the (cherry) Press

This cherry ‘beauty’ sold the other day.

A unique creation from a interesting piece of cherry wood, this board was from the ‘outer cut’ or the last piece of a local cherry log. This cut results in a very angular live edge that makes for a very beautiful board in the hands of an expert.

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Walnut Cutting Board ~ Custom Size

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A Tale of Two Tables

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These are two original ‘Demi Icon’ cherry accent tables. One has had time to naturally age into the classic cherry color, and the other is freshly finished. Cherry’s rich color is a major reason for it’s popularity among craftsman, cats & discriminating buyers alike. 


The American Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is a very noble tree that has provided for folks & fauna for a very long time. Wildlife use it for forage & shelter, and Native Americans as well as Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and furnishings.

Apart from it’s myriad of uses, solid cherry hardwood is one of the most celebrated woods used in furniture craftsmanship today. It’s easy to work with, has a wonderful satiny ‘feel’ once finished, and even has a nice smell when cut. Yet the reason for its popularity is by far it’s beautiful, rich color. That quintessential, luscious deep red patina develops over time with exposure to light. Recognized both for both strength and beauty, cherry furniture graces homes with an enduring beauty for decades and generations.

For my customers who invest in heirloom quality furniture, it is useful for them to understand this color process. A perfect example are these two cherry tables. The darker table in the back has had time to age and color naturally, and the table in front is freshly finished for a customer.

I love to work with natural cherry, and find that it produces wonderful pieces of furniture. Customers enjoy watching the color transition, as it is unique to each piece, and could be compared to the aging of fine wine.

To see my available cherry tables, trays & lamps, or to order you own custom cherry piece, visit my ETSY shop or click here!


Photos of Martin crafting the new ‘Demi Icon’ Accent Table.

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Visit my ETSY shop!

Visit me at ETSY!
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Every piece that comes from my shop begins with the highest quality materials. I individually select each premium board for the specific project. My favorite species are high grade Walnut & fine Cherry, but I also love to work with rare local woods & exotic species such as Purple Heart, Mahogany & Ebony or Bubinga.

Implementing traditional techniques along with unique original designs, each piece is created to ‘heirloom quality’ standards. The use of traditional joinery in my work ensures strength & longevity for years to come. Rather than the more common use of metal fasteners & glue blocks, the joints that are created by the hand fitting process will never loosen or fail.

As the designer and maker, the design process is never complete until ready to ship. Designing & crafting furniture is a living process. From paper to packing crate, my organic techniques will create an item with character & a life of its own. To bring out the wood’s figure, grain & depth, I prefer to apply a hand rubbed finish. This is protective as well as aesthetic, as it draws one into the glowing of the heart of the wood. Every piece of furniture is meticulously hand packed & shipped in a custom package, to preserve your investment.

I build pieces that are intended to stand the test of time and will hopefully become family heirlooms someday. I always use materials and construction techniques consistent with strength and longevity. Careful selection and preparation of materials and hand fitted mortise and tenon joints are no longer a part of common modern furniture making, but in the long run, I believe that the extra time and effort are well justified.

Thanks,
~Martin Thaller

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Handmade Shipping Crates

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Each and every piece of furniture is carefully packaged, often in a wooden crate. Every effort is made to insure that the item is received in excellent condition.

Sometimes, customers like the crate as much as the furniture. They make excellent kitty caves or dog forts.

 

 

‘Curly Ambrosia’ Maple Icon Sphere Table

This is an extra large Icon Sphere table, which is a recent custom order. Turned out to be a really lovely piece.

This is a very unique design for a rounded accent table that combines form & functionality with simple & beautiful design. Featuring a very original style exploring the interaction of positive and negative spaces, as well as that of curving and flat surfaces, this table can blend with most decors as well as ‘art deco’, ‘mid-century’ or even contemporary tastes.

Definitely a stand out piece of furniture.

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Custom Walnut Side Table: Finished

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This is a made to order solid wood side or end table made from solid black walnut with a hand rubbed tung oil finish which allows the wood’s natural color and grain figure to show through. Like all of my pieces, it is individually handmade from locally grown hardwood and built to the highest standards using traditional techniques and joinery.  This table features mortise and tenon construction; a subtle, graceful original design.

 

 

Custom Walnut Side Table: Construction

Handcrafting a Walnut Accent Table

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Photos from the construction of a custom ordered walnut accent table. This table features some very nice walnut wood, as well as mortise & tenon joinery.