Chico's Bully Table

Bookmatched figure reveals surprising results.

SHOP OWNER: HC "Chico" Sakman
LOCATION: Victoria, BC, Canada

    I have to admit, I am more of a "traditionalist" when it comes to furniture design. I don't really like to do wacky designs, especially when done just for the sake of making it different. Yet, whenever I run into these slabs of wood that look like something, I just can't help myself.
    A couple of years ago, I got eight large logs of spalted and figured Western maple. I convinced my neighbor, Ron, to store them in his garage for me. What I nice guy Ron is! A Woodmizer cut the logs into one and two-inch slabs. Naturally, many of the boards are bookmatched.
Chico's Bully Table

    These boards were looking wild and when they came together... Here it is - Bull's head! Eyes, curly forehead, nostrils, horns, and overall shape of a bull's head are all there together. Well, there were some voids, which I filled, and here is the result.
Chico's Bully Table

    The base is Jatoba, all quarter sawn. I took advantage of the grain lines and designed this weird base. The tapered legs have through tenons into the top, wedged with Jatoba making them invisible. The other end of the base attaches to the top with sliding blocks. Mortise and tenon joints hold everything together.

    Feel free to post your comments or critiques in the "Critiques Messageboard" online.

. . . H. C. Sakman, a.k.a. "Chico"



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