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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….....

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It definitely nice!!
 

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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.
 

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I concur with Stefang: the coffee table is OK in it's own right, but as a console it takes it many steps past lovely..it 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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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 .
 

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

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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.
 

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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

Dennis
 

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

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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!
 

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

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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.
 

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Both are stunning! I envy the buyer!
 

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I like both versiions. I think they are beautiful.
 

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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…
 

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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.
 

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Hi Cathy,

Hard having to build for business. I've always wanted to make what I want as I want and forget trying to sell anything. But you did a beautiful job of it. Glad it sold.
 
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