Walnut Keyhole Table
Walnut Keyhole Table drawer detail
Walnut Keyhole Table top view

Walnut Keyhole Table

Regular price $950.00

"Having done restoration work on Victorian houses for years, I've always loved the play of motion in the positive and negative shapes in the exterior trim--the starting point for this design. The top of this table is a playful puzzle of parts that create a composition of motion.
The design is only half of this piece--the wood is a rarity; it is air-dried old growth native walnut. Air drying preserves the rich, varied colors in the boards. At times the crouch grain in the drawer front looks blue to me and there are many shades in the top. 'Old growth' means the tree started life under the canopy of larger trees and grew slowly. This makes the growth rings closer together giving the wood a denser quality. It was a pleasure working with hand tools in making this piece."
18" W x 29.25" H x 17" W
Made to order, ships within 9 weeks.  

Over the years of making custom furniture I have found there is a quality or more correctly a presence in the pieces I've made that enhances the space they dwell in. The object could be a door or a desk--it really doesn't matter; this new entity has life in it that adds to the surroundings and to the life of its new owners. There is quality and purpose that can be touched and intuited. I've thought about this many times, and have come to realize, it is much more than the sum of the raw materials and sweat that go into an object.

I am a furniture designer and craftsman. I've been working in eastern Iowa since the early '80's. My furniture work over the years has encompassed a large range of styles, from true antique reproductions and restoration work to my own contemporary designs.
My work ethic is very much imbedded in a traditional approach to craft. Whenever possible, I use traditional joinery and time-tested technique. I also believe furniture should fulfill a function and that design much be subordinate to the purpose for which a piece is created.
In my design work, I am happiest when working in a modern style. I find in contemporary forms I can express a lightness and playfulness that is part of my character. To me, furniture should add it's personality to a room; it should bring a sense of joy and celebration of life.
At the risk of sounding too dramatic there is something of the maker's soul in the finished piece. Every board is selected, every joint is considered for strength and appearance, each design element is weighed, and if a discrepancy arises between drawing board and the completed project, changes are made to improve the end result. This is a quality that lasts, and it is there every time you open a cabinet door to reach for your favorite coffee mug. There is life inside.