Modern Handmade End Table: Butterfly Table in Stone and Wood: A Collaboration Between Woodworker and Stone Carver

2013 March 24
by David

Here is a contemporary end table, one of a kind, and another collaborative piece I made with Vermont stone sculptor Kerry O. Furlani.  The design for this table evolved in an interesting way.  Kerry designed and carved the butterfly form in mottled purple and green Vermont slate.  She then brought it to me and left it up to me to figure out some kind of table base.  Figuring out what kind of base would work with her beautiful carving was a real challenge, and somewhat intimidating.  For several weeks I did not know what to do.  What kind of table legs would do justice to the butterfly form?  What would accentuate her carving and not make it look static, and like it was just stuck on some random set of table legs?  Eventually I came to realize that the only thing that would work with this form would be six legs instead of four, since a butterfly has six legs.  I also wanted to give the butterfly table top a feeling of lightness, which actually defies the heaviness of the stone.  Since Kerry’s butterfly form has a refined, organic and simplified form, I wanted the legs to echo that in some way, referencing the concept of butterfly legs in a sculptural way without being too literal.  I made them in cherry, to be a warm and subtle contrast to the dark slate.

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Butterfly End Table in hand carved Vermont slate and cherry

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Kerry’s full-size drawing, which she then transferred to the slate before carving

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Kerry sculpts all of her surfaces entirely by hand. This is the widest chisel she uses on slate.

This table is currently available.  For more information on pricing, and to view other collaborative pieces we have made incorporating carved slate with wood, please visit the Collaborative Work section of my website.

(Note: my website can only be viewed from a laptop or desktop computer at this time.  If you try to access it from a mobile device or tablet, it will take you to a default mobile site, which does not have my complete portfolio of work)

To view Kerry’s full portfolio of bas relief carving, pastels, charcoal drawings, letter cutting and more, please visit her website:  www.KerryOFurlani.com

Looking for a unique piece incorporating slate with wood?  Contact us here.

 

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