Cognizant of space and what I really need, the top surface of the desk I built in NYC is regenerated into a new look, new purpose, and by all accounts, taken down a peg (but only in its new size). The surface area to wedge clay doesn’t need to be large, but I needed a real work table that’s not my kitchen counters anymore. Though this method of cutting off beautiful granite counter tops of my past had gotten me through 13 years of building in 3 states, it was now time to create a grownup piece for my shop at the height I need. No more standing on tiptoes either in a balancing act. And since my painting/pottery studio is located in what most would use as their eat-in kitchen, the table had to look nice enough to also serve as an extra counter surface. That last 1/3 slab of raw wood will be clamped down to wedge my clay.
I’ve always loved the look of old barns long before the zeal of reclaimed wood (which I completely support). I wanted to do this here. I layered in patina grey and dark walnut stain. The legs were also patina but with a much lighter stain. I didn’t want to lose that beautiful Redwood and worked the color in slowly. As a design element and nod to the carriage bolts used to pull the wood together, I brought in the metal slats taken from shipping boxes from the NYC to CA move. Somehow I wanted to use them, but only if it worked for the design. Fortuitously (and cosmetically), in the end it just fit the sides perfectly after I had almost forgot all about them.
Through countless rounds of design, the work table is now complete...(for now). Eventually I’ll build pull down troughs for hardware underneath the top surface. This will come in time. I have other things I need to get to. But...(for now) time to get to work.