Wednesday, November 14, 2007

OLD GROWTH FIR SLAB DINING TABLE




This old growth douglas fir table measures 39" x 90." The piece of ancient wood was dug up from a log found in the Washington State Olympic rain forest. You can count 380 growth years from one side of the table to the other - the pith of the tree to the outside cambium layer. While working on this project I often contemplated what was happening when it was a young sprout back in the 1620's. While it has a shrinkage crack at both ends, I enjoyed keeping it as big and organic as possible inlaying a wood butterfly to keep it from opening up much more.

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