Table no. 2 features wood from an old elm that our friend and photographer Eric had to remove from his Oakland back yard in 2010, after it died of Dutch elm disease. A nice selection of boards found their way to Napa, where we dried them and have started turning them into furniture. The table incorporates some graphic ideas we have lately been experimenting with, notably our finelines details and the use of tinted epoxy to fill voids. And the table has one leg that seems to be going its own whimsical way, in contrast to its well-behaved siblings, a consequence of the way that particular bit of wood dried. In the lumber, I remember that the wild leg was directly adjacent to the knot that you see on the drawer front, which is no doubt responsible for the warp.
The Troll Table principally features local orchard walnut we got from a man on Darms Lane in 2014, and we have again taken pains to preserve visual and tactile signs of the origins of the material. This coffee-height table uses plain steel spacers rather than chrome, on the thinking that trolls wouldn’t have chrome.
The Troll Table is on display at the Highlight Gallery in Mendocino, along with Hall Table No. 1. We still have table no. 2 on hand and will be showing it at Open Studios Napa Valley this September.