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The summer of 2007 brought us two more gothic commissions, a dining table and a desk. The dining table was completed and delivered in October of 2007 - the desk is now complete and shown above!
The New Wave Gothic desk above is in solid quarter sawn white oak featuring our classic gothic tracery panels, also known as piercing or fretwork. The table edges feature hand carved rope patterns, with corbels and rosettes finishing the ornamentation.
The desk and dining table both fit into gothic, tudor, renaissance, medieval, Elizabethan, or Jacobean periods. In simplified form, they conjure a mission or heavy farm style trestle table imagery. We design and build these pieces by custom commission, making size requirements, selection of materials, and stain/finish all options to suit your requirements. Each piece is solid with mortis and tenon joints that are both glued and pegged.
Desks, library tables, or other configurations of this piece for use in dining rooms, kitchens, or even as a poker table are available in oak, walnut, cherry, or even mahogany or other materials upon request.
We've been told that our gothic pieces would look their best in English brown oak, and yes we can get that as well by special order.
We decided to portray these portfolio class commissions beyond the standard shop setting or photo studio, but in more artistic venues. For this gothic table, we decided to take our client's up on an invitation to their annual Halloween party and deliver the piece in person. Since the party of course was costume required; we portrayed renaissance royalty.
With costumes, place settings, and weapons courtesy of Swords of Honor, the stage was set for a medieval picnic.
Check out Road Trip 2007 for more Artistic Medieval Picnic Shots!
A few detail shots:
All of our portfolio pieces receive a brass plaque and are hand signed and dated to identify our work through coming generations.
The goal of this project is to build to unique tables based on the design of this original "New Wave Gothic" dining table. One will be another dining table, slightly larger than the original, and the other will be a smaller version configured as a desk.
We started with 2758lbs of solid quarter sawn white oak - all ruff ... A a couple days of planing, jointing, ripping, and cross cutting generated the neatly stacked piles of wood (bottom left) ready to begin the detailed sizing, jointing, and gluing required to complete this project.
The beauty of this project (or dual project) is that we can actually optimize our planning, measuring, tool setup, and other steps in the process by completing two tables together Everything we do, we do for two tables, almost the same cuts for all the joints, the only difference is joining different size components to produce the final unique pieces.
The legs will start to reflect some subtle differences between the table and desk, and these projects against the original table. For example, the cap plates will protrude out to overhang the bottom feet sections and will be rope carved around the edge. The table will have one two panels split between a center post, and desk will have one larger panel.
In general - every step will be the same as profiled on Page 1 of the Table's Section except that the panels for these tables will be ruff cut on a CNC machine. Artisans will take the hand carving detail from that point. This technique provides a completed "hand made" look, while providing the speed and accuracy of computer aided cutting.
Original Theme Table Photos by Henry Schweber
New Wave Gothic Furniture - "The Gothic Style is experiencing a second revival, and Artisans of the Valley is designing in a "New Wave" Gothic form imparting many traditional features intertwined with modern function and characteristics."
Also Check out these links to view another Gothic project documentary online:
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Artisans offers a wide array of custom tables, original designs, reproductions, and restorations. Two portfolio pieces are featured above; Select our Gallery Page to see more unique custom tables.
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