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Project by Goldwoman posted 11-12-2021 04:51 PM 678 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After two years of trials and tribulations (not necessarily Covid related), I’m happy to show you the piece that Spider Johnson and I have created for the Texas Furniture Makers Show (happening now through December 17th in Kerrville, Texas). “Nacimiento de la Mariposa”, or “Birth of the Butterfly. When we saw this incredible Roble veneer, I realized that if we book-matched 4 leaves, it would look like butterfly wings. Turns out what was very well defined tonally changed dramatically when the finish was applied, but still enough there to move forward. The biggest (of many!) challenges we faced was in making the Monarch Butterfly caterpillars – how to glue up the teeny strips of veneer to the solid wood bodies without breaking them. After many attempts, we finally landed on a great solution.

The sculpted frame of the top and the legs are Cherry.

Veneers used are Roble, Imbuya Burl, Mahogany, Holly, Black and Yellow Dyed Poplar.
Caterpillar “trails” are Gold and Copper leaf.
Catalyzed lacquer finish.
Dimensions: 43” long x 38” wide x 17.5” high

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup





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pottz

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#1 posted 11-12-2021 05:43 PM

now that is the definition of original wood art.the woods are simply beautiful and i love how you did your edge banding.very creative with the caterpillars too.good luck at the show i think youve got a winner.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Goldwoman

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#2 posted 11-12-2021 06:19 PM

Thank you so much, Potts!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 11-12-2021 08:31 PM

Some serious artistry going on!

I’m always inspired by the way we can “see” objects in burls, especially when they are book matched.

Impressed by the size! initial photo made me think a wall hanging, maybe 12” x 12”, the table is an excellent way to display the critters.

Caterpillars and trails are a nice addition, but I cringe at the extra time it took for creating these details!

Awesome job!

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Goldwoman

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#4 posted 11-12-2021 09:04 PM

@Splintergroup – Thank you so much! Yes, the caterpillars were the biggest challenge- NONE of those little pieces are straight lines! I drew from a photograph of an actual caterpillar, and wanted them to look realistic. It was worth the aggravation in the end. : )

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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#5 posted 11-12-2021 09:18 PM

This is mind blowing to me! What a beautiful table. The detail is amazing and I love the little caterpillars. The texture on the legs makes me think of a leaf or something they have been munching on. I hope it does well at the show.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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Goldwoman

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#6 posted 11-12-2021 09:23 PM

Thank you for the kind words, Jerry!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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#7 posted 11-12-2021 09:30 PM

beautiful. great vision, and the caterpillars came out great.

-- Jeff NJ

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Goldwoman

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#8 posted 11-12-2021 09:43 PM

Thank you, Jeff!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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mtnwild

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#9 posted 11-12-2021 10:12 PM

Wow!

Super creative and super craftsmanship…

Should draw a crowd…

Excellent!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 11-12-2021 10:35 PM

A little playful, a lot artistic, it’s a wonderful piece, and something that would allow people to talk about it, without being rude.

Nice work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Goldwoman

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#11 posted 11-12-2021 11:41 PM

Thank you, Jack!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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Goldwoman

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#12 posted 11-12-2021 11:42 PM

@therealSteveN – I appreciate your kind words!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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987Ron

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#13 posted 11-13-2021 01:28 AM

very interesting design and the execution is wonderful. The best on the show.

-- Ron

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swirt

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#14 posted 11-13-2021 02:16 AM

Original, clever, and beautiful. I love the way you played with color and the textures. Well done and definitely a winner.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#15 posted 11-13-2021 12:30 PM

Great piece. Very creative. Ignoring some of the more obvious features just for a moment, I love the textured legs, probably because it’s such a departure from my immediate instincts.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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