INSPIRATION / CREATIVE IDEA:
|Preliminary sketches of Rock Table construction|
The photo prompted a discussion between the two about materials, and although Ruthie’s initial thought was to use stone, the client suggested using wood. After considering the construction process a bit more, they decided on using wood.
DESIGN PROCESS:Once the choice of material was made, Ruthie purchased an Elm tree sourced locally through Horigan Lumber to make the table. The next step in the process was to find a woodworking artisan with the skills to construct such a table. After finding the right woodworker, it took a series of sketches and brainstorming sessions to determine the best way to make this table. They came to the conclusion that the table needed to be hollow, so the tree trunk was cut into boards. The outer portion of the table is composed of these long boards and the sides of the table are made of squares of end grain. It was then shaped by hand to give it that river rock shape.