Thanh Table

Thanh Table Indiana Limestone 30" x 22" x 22"
Thanh Table
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 22″ x 22″

This table is now in San Francisco. I am going to see if the designer has shots taken since the project was complete. The designer managed to find a 3/4″ thick glass top. I enjoy traditional challenges.

Thanh Table Indiana Limestone 30" x 22" x 22"
Thanh Table
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 22″ x 22″

A table base like this works both indoors and out.

Thanh Table Indiana Limestone 30" x 22" x 22"
Thanh Table
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 22″ x 22″

The lifting pins allow me to raise or lower the piece to the best height for working.

 

Thanh Table Indiana Limestone 30" x 22" x 22"
Thanh Table
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 22″ x 22″

Completely hand made. Knowing how to break down a form into small parts enables a carver to carve pretty much anything.

Thanh Table Indiana Limestone 30" x 22" x 22"
Thanh Table
Indiana Limestone
30″ x 22″ x 22″

The key is to start with a square and true block, since stone carving is a subtractive art. If a carver is measuring in from a surface that isn’t accurate, the results won’t be accurate either.

 

 

 

Copper Coffee Table

Copper over Wood, Glass
Copper over Wood, Glass

This very cool coffee table was commissioned to go over a stylized fish-motif area rug. I wish I had a photo of it in place. Alas!

Copper over Wood
Copper over Wood

We trimmed each leg in copper upholstery nails, and gave each leg a light buffing with scrub pads for a soft look. Furniture is always a pleasure to make.

George Table

Original Design by Dale JohnsonKansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Kansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble

This massive dining table rests on carved stone legs based on a Renaissance design. The walnut top has an inlaid marble border.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonKansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Kansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble

This type of very specific carving is always a pleasure and a challenge. Mistakes are not welcome.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonKansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Kansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble
Original Design by Dale JohnsonKansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Kansas Limestone, Walnut, Marble

Edwards Coffee Table

Original Design by Dale JohnsonChiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut

This coffee table was my first commission from this client. We’ve done many projects since, but I’ve always liked this table.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonWalnut, Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Walnut, Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper

The glass fits over a tab cut from the walnut, and the bronze fits over the glass. Tricky fit.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonChiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut

The stumps were first cut to length, then chiselled, then torched, buffed, and waxed. Here the texture and color tone really stand out.

Gary Patio Set

Original Design by Dale JohnsonKansas Limestone, Bronze, Copper, Patina, Glass
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Kansas Limestone, Bronze, Copper, Patina, Glass

This outdoor table and bench set has aged well. Almost twenty years strong now.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonKansas Limestone, Bronze, Copper, Patina, Glass
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Kansas Limestone, Bronze, Copper, Patina, Glass

Materials that have been proven to withstand centuries, even used in a very contemporary way, maintain an agelessness that seems at peace with the seasons.

Davenport Coffee Table

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Patina, Carved Indiana Limestone50" x 36" x 18"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Patina, Carved Indiana Limestone
50″ x 36″ x 18″

This table was designed to be functional whether the base was used in this orientation or with the other side up. This way it is a great magazine rack too.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Patina, Carved Indiana Limestone50" x 36" x 18"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Patina, Carved Indiana Limestone
50″ x 36″ x 18″

This is a detail of the carving and texture of the limestone top. Hand-carved limestone table top? Gorgeous.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Patina, Carved Indiana Limestone50" x 36" x 18"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Patina, Carved Indiana Limestone
50″ x 36″ x 18″

A good friend bought this table, and I’ve seen it many times over the years. It’s aged well.

Coffee Table

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel40" x 59 1'2" x 21"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel
40″ x 59 1’2″ x 21″

I trained new assistants how to do the commercial metal work by designing furniture for my house using scraps and pieces from projects that were commissioned.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel40" x 59 1'2" x 21"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel
40″ x 59 1’2″ x 21″

This table has taken residence on my back porch for years. Right now it has a family of kittens under it.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel40" x 59 1'2" x 21"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel
40″ x 59 1’2″ x 21″

Over the years the tp has taken a beating from the weather, the birds, and the cats, but it still looks good.