The Cinders

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 04-20-2014 01:02 AM 2203 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In Southern New Mexico, there are a whole bunch of geological points of interest. Many of you have heard of white sands. That seems to be the most popular. There is also an incredible high mountain Oasis that contains hundreds of square miles of beautiful pine forests. That hunk of mountains drops all the way down to the desert floor on the western face. It is there that the Cinders can be found.

The Cinders is a small inactive volcano that created a massive lava flow. If you were on top of the tallest peak in Ruidoso, you could look down an see the enormity of that lava flow. You just don’t get an appreciation for the flow until you are at ground zero, There are spirals, curves and waves of stone that are frozen in time to attest to hellish cauldron that once was. And again – the volcano is little more than a rocky hill jutting out of the desert.

This is my third and final table of the southwest collection. I used up some of my Paduak offcuts to make the volcano. The soot filled sky is made from some very warped Sapelle.

All of the lighter wood is curly Maple. As you can see—I really goofed. I bought some darker wood that was being sold as curly maple. It didn’t match but I kept on building as if somehow the very light maple was going to magically cause the other curly wood to get lighter. Those distinct color changes at all the edges of the table are a testament to my stubbornness. Now I’m just going to live with it. I’ve started the long and arduous process of convincing myself that it adds character. ;)

The dark portion of the top border is good old fashioned American Walnut.

The sides and legs are Maple, left over African Mahogany and left over Jatoba flooring.

I know I said it was my third and final table. Is a fireplace mantle a table? ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 01:18 AM

This is a unique and wonderful piece Mark. I like it big time.


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#2 posted 04-20-2014 01:28 AM



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#3 posted 04-20-2014 02:39 AM

Very unique and beautifully crafted!

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 02:41 AM

I like it a lot…. great way to tell a story through your work

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 05:16 AM

Jim, that’s a high compliment coming from you. That you so much!
Joe, definitely Navajo inspired.
John, thank you my friend. Good to see you!
Matt, thank you very kindly sir.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 06:38 AM

Great work!

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 10:16 AM

now that is a conversation piece! Very unique & colorful

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#8 posted 04-20-2014 11:25 AM

Wow beautiful table and design and the various woods look great together…excellent work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 04-20-2014 12:19 PM

Excellent, Excellent table, Mark. That is a real heirloom !!Beautiful work on it all over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 04-20-2014 02:52 PM

The top is great and a fitting tribute to an historic and special place but what I really like is the structure. The design of the legs and the way they become the top is an eye catcher.
Well made, well photographed and very well written.
...... and about the two toned maple …...... that’s the little s—- that you’re not supposed to sweat. :-)

Nice Mark.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 04-20-2014 02:53 PM

This is absolutely beautiful and will make a great conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 04-20-2014 03:01 PM

My friends,

I can’t thank you enough for lifting me up with your very generous comments.

Deon, I looked through your projects today. I love what I saw. I also see a connection between our work. Thank you very much for the compliment.

Michelle, your work leaves me speechless. I’ve been a fan since I saw your first piece. I can usually get a basic understanding of how a wood worker could do something. You are way out of my league. I need to look at some of your projects again. This time – not just as an admirer but also as a puzzle. Thank you so very much for your recent comments!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 04-20-2014 03:22 PM

Very cool, the lava flow (if it’s the same, west of Ruidoso just southeast of Socorro) is very pronounced on google earth, if anyone wants to see what it looks like. Pilots training on the North range use it as a primary landmark when doing exercises. I’ve been told it’s a pretty spectacular site through goggles during nighttime training.

And trust me, it’s dark out there. Can’t see your own hands in front of your face dark. Best place I’ve ever been for stargazing. Say hello to the crew from the owl bar. Best green chili cheeseburger on the planet.

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#14 posted 04-20-2014 03:37 PM

David – thank you so much! It’s an honor to see your comment. You are a polished woodworker with the heart of a lion. I’ve been seeing your bits of encouragement and soul building commentaries for quite a while. You are a true gift to this community.

Jim, it’s very good to see you my friend. You know I’ve been in awe of your work and incredible ingenuity for a while now. If you ever decide to making marking gauges, I will proudly add one to my collection.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 04-20-2014 03:51 PM

Paul, I’ve got to say that I am truly humbled by your generous comments. You are an artist, craftsman and mentor of the highest degree.

Thank for helping to set me at ease about the wood color variation.

I told my little girl about your photography comment. She is still smiling. You made her happy. For my part at least, I probably won’t have to encourage quite as much to photograph my next project.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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