From start to finish, this was one of my favorite builds. Gordon walked past an advertising install of mine, in a building in downtown Austin, everyday for quite a while before contacting me about building their new family dining table. It was through that install and a few months of following me on Instagram that helped convince him and his wife, Amanda, to have their table custom made by a local artisan. Gordon, being from Scotland and Amanda, from Australia, met here in Austin on a business trip about 15 years ago. Austin has been their home since then, and they wanted something local, something made here, something that helped them remember their life in Texas (not that they're planning to move). So, they contacted me to come out to the shop one day.
After that initial meeting, I headed out to my friend Bill's house to scout out a slab of locally sourced rescued wood. We went back and forth a little between a few species and then finally landed on the Cottonwood. Cottonwood isn't known for being a very popular species to build furniture out of, mostly because of the intense finishing process that cottonwood requires. But I wasn't going to let that scare me away. I had actually been looking for an excuse to make a table out of this material for some time, and its tones and grains and imperfections were just what this family was looking for. So, I brought their slabs to the shop and started the process. From the time I started surfacing these slabs, through the intense sanding and onto the final coat of finish, this was one of the most satisfying pieces of wood that I've worked with. And the clients couldn't have been happier.
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"I think every meal we've eaten at home, since the table arrived, has been around that table. Its beautiful and quickly becoming the center of our home." -Gordon
Materials: Texas Cottonwood + Oak (bowtie keys) + Steel
Finish: Water Based Poly + Black Powder Coat