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Project by cathyb posted 08-01-2010 08:13 AM 2159 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just thought I’d share one of my oops! moments. So I made this coffee table from curly koa, walnut and rosewood ( the legs and trim). The grain was stunning and dramatic. A “real conversation piece” I told myself confidently during the construction process. I sent it off to the gallery and as I justly imagined everyone loved it. There was one catch though- maybe too nice for a coffee table. What?!

It was PAINFUL to remove my frame, which was solid rosewood and those rosewood legs with the mango inlay-but off they came. I added longer legs of koa and a shelf converting my unique coffee table into a console table, which sold. I had to sacrifice material and my pride, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I am a business person as well as an artist. Shucks….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 09:12 AM

It definitely nice!!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 11:33 AM

The coffee table is real nice Cathy, but with the risk of disregarding your artistic sensibilities, I will say that I do prefer the reincarnation.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 01:04 PM

I concur with Stefang: the coffee table is OK in it’s own right, but as a console it takes it many steps past makes a real statement. (plus as a business person, it makes more$) The unique legs and the shelf just scream custom, and when people buy at this price range, they want uniqueness and beauty. You have a work of exellence here. Thanks so much for sharing this delight

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#4 posted 08-01-2010 02:18 PM

just like kids ,
sometimes you have to let them dress as they want ,
before sending them out into the world .

and somebody has to eat ,

it might as well be you , LOL !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 08-01-2010 02:39 PM

Both are great, like the console best. Good job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 08-01-2010 02:43 PM

Sorry, I think the console table sets off the drama of the special wood grain better and makes it a much more important piece. I’m not crazy about the shape of the legs since, for me, they are a little too busy and detract from the top. It’s still a very special, beautiful piece and the buyer is lucky to have it. Artists are often the worst judges of their work. The perception of the result often clouded by what the original concept in the mind was. As an artist, I found that turning the painting to the wall for 3 months, minimum, made me see it with fresh eyes. And, you must not peek. With furniture, one does not have that option. I won’t mention how many paintings I thought were fabulous when I did them, and then painted over after that 3 months period was up. There were also others that I thought were horrible and after 3 months saw that they captured something I hadn’t been aware of before. I’d like to see what you think when you compare the two of these in one year.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#7 posted 08-01-2010 02:58 PM

yaae life sucks from time to time Cathy
I can only tell you that if I cuold afford anything in this price range
I wuold loved to have your coffeetable in my house its beautyfull
I don´t like what you had to do with it but that just my tast
thank´s for sharing and ceep up your head

take care and stay tuned


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#8 posted 08-01-2010 03:26 PM

What’s more beautiful… a sunrise or a sunset? Both are wonderful, as are both versions of your table.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 08-01-2010 04:41 PM

I love your figured woods and the more simplistic designs. I am one who thinks “Less is More” and go for sleek design lines to accent the natural beauty of the wood. But, alas, others have ideas and tastes different from ours and that’s part of what makes the world go ‘round!

I’m glad to see new pieces and that you’re selling your work. Hope to see more!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 08-01-2010 05:55 PM

I liked the coffee table the best. The material is awesome. Nice work both ways.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 08-01-2010 06:00 PM

Thanks you for your kind words. I do agree that when you pour yourself into something it hard to be objective without being self-deprecating. I guess I am spinning gyro and work like a fool until I finish something and then say, “there you go. it’s done!” Then the dust settles…... Have a great day.

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#12 posted 08-01-2010 07:54 PM

Both are stunning! I envy the buyer!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#13 posted 08-02-2010 01:35 AM

I like both versiions. I think they are beautiful.

-- Janice

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#14 posted 08-02-2010 11:56 PM

it sure is stunning…im sure i could take it if someone wanted it but just with a few modifications , shucks…lol…as always you do wonderful work and that koa is just striking…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 08-03-2010 03:59 PM

I must have missed this one the other day, I`m glad I found them today.
They are both very beautiful. You are a master at this craft.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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