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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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.