Of Curvy Legs and Underwater Wood......

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Project by Ryan Shervill posted 03-26-2008 03:59 AM 9214 views 34 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all, with the recent discussions on curved legs and floating tops, I thought I’d share some pics of a piece I did I while back. This table was built for a woodworking competition a couple of years ago, and I just haven’t been able to bring myself to part with it since then….either that or I just havent been offered enough $$ :)

It’s built in my signature style, and made of “Wet Wood”, Virgin Old-growth timber that was logged about 165 years ago during the first cutting up here. The log became saturated and sank to the bottom of Georgian Bay while being floated to the mill. This particular log is Flame Birch, and was recovered from 130 feet of water. The red lumber is the heartwood from deep inside the tree, while the green board is part of the outer portion of the log that was buried in the mineral rich sediment on the bottom. That green colour is not a stain or dye of any kind, it is 100% natural….a result of minerals depositing themselves in the wood.


Heres a close-up of the legs/splined tennons. The legs start at 1 1/2” X 2 1/4”, and taper down to 7/8” square at the tips. (Excuse the dust!)


BTW, The sculpture is also made of old growth birch, and is sitting on a base of white oak that is actually a chunk fom the end of one of the recovered logs


And on the same topic, this is a bench that I made of the “not so showy part” of the same log for Canadian Woodworking Magazine.

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Thanks for looking!

Ryan Shervill

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here:

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#1 posted 03-26-2008 04:15 AM

Beautifull and exquisite works of art. Your work is fine furniture at it’s best.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 04:27 AM

Very nice work, those are the kind of pieces that make me say “maybe one of these days”.

-- "Nature provides us with the most beautiful things in this world"

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 04:27 AM

Ryan – wonderful application of fabulous figured birch. How did you finish it?

-- Legacy Woodcraft

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#4 posted 03-26-2008 04:33 AM

Some nice work Ryan. Some very nice wood has been found from old logs that have been hiden for years under water. They have brought up some from Lake Superior that are selling for a lot of money.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 03-26-2008 04:46 AM

Wow, I think I would have a hard time parting with that too. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 04:57 AM


Great designs and workmanship here.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 05:02 AM


Your work is a pleasure to view, as always. The sculpture looks simply wonderful. I would have a hard time parting with any of these as well so I can understand you dilemma. Wonderful post.

By the way your work is improving. I see from the table top that you are capable of cutting some straight lines. With practice you will improve. :)

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 05:08 AM


I think I just experienced my first true case of wood lust. That color is simply astounding. Thanks for setting and sharing a higher standard with your work.


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#9 posted 03-26-2008 05:23 AM

Ryan, your craftsmanship and unique design is always an inspiration to me. this is just a wonderful piece. thanks.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 06:08 AM

That’s a fantastic looking table, Ryan. Those legs are great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 06:22 AM

Gorgeous. Beautiful design and beautiful wood. I’m glad you showed us this!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 03-26-2008 11:06 AM

I love the history of the wood, I also marvel that after all that time the wood is capable of being dried out and able to be useful. Do you know how or why this piece of wood was retreived after all those years?

Oh, and bye the way, a wonderful design and excellent craftmanship.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#13 posted 03-26-2008 12:16 PM

thats a beautiful grain pattern. and the finish really brings out the color in the wood, great job!

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#14 posted 03-26-2008 01:03 PM

SWEET… so artistic and “fluid”.

(laughed at the straight line / you’re improving comment hahaha)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 03-26-2008 03:45 PM

Yeah, he’s got splinters in his blood.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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