Ellis-Mackintosh-Limbert mashup table #1: E-M-L in process

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Blog entry by kordwood posted 11-18-2018 03:29 PM 718 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Ellis-Mackintosh-Limbert mashup table series Part 2: Branded. Then finishing begins. »

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but this little piece seems share-worthy. It’s an homage to three of my favorite Arts and Crafts pioneers: Harvey Ellis, Charles Limbert and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. They all bring a different aesthetic, but mashed up, the A&C commonality becomes clear.

The Ellis influence: Most evident in the delicate edge of the top.

The Mackintosh influences: The overall proportion and the inward angles of the legs.

The Limbert influence: The overly structured and arched legs.

The history: The piece is made from reclaimed oak from two matching school desks we bought at a yard sale years ago — I think we paid 10 bucks for the pair. The wood was a mix of grains: flat sawn, riff cut and quartersawn. I matched it as best as possible, but since I was mashing up influences, seemed appropriate to mix up grains, too.

Here are pics of some of the leftovers, waiting their reincarnation into the next small project:

Some of the wood needed patching; again, the satisfaction of using old wood overrode the little human imperfections that came with the plugged screw holes.

Dimensions: 18 inches high; top is 13 inches square.

Lessons learned: I got much better with the bandsaw, giving it a great tuneup prior to starting. New ceramic guide blocks and a better understanding of blade tension was key — I fought drift on earlier pieces, but the arched legs on this cut smooth as silk.

Next steps: Final sanding and finish.

-- David in sunny Cleveland, Oh

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#1 posted 11-18-2018 05:29 PM

Now you’re talking my language. I’ve been really into Limbert the last couple years. Every new book or new project has been Limbert design or at least Limbert inspired.

You’ve come up with a nice form here… The plank legs certainly transmit a Limbert vibe. Both he and Ellis had figured out how important curves we’re, and it made for some impressive pieces.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 11-20-2018 03:58 PM

Nice looking table. I can see what you mean about the influences of the various styles, especially Limbert.

I’ve always associated Harvey Ellis with the amazing inlays on Stickley furniture and Charles Macintosh with square grid openings in the legs of his works.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 11-21-2018 11:38 PM

Funny you should mention the grid of holes in Mackintosh legs, Earl. Here’s my preliminary sketch for this piece. I kind of wish I would have done it. Guess I know what I’m doing next!

-- David in sunny Cleveland, Oh

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