Barrel Top Table 1_2Building furniture is a new direction for Whistler Woodcraft but an old favourite of mine.

I have been building furniture for over 20 years, but it is only recently that I started to build it for sale. In the past I built furniture whenever I had the time and inclination to do so.  Our house is now filled with furniture items that each have a story attached.

I now have a few side tables available and I am working on several live-edge tables.  I will be adding new stock over the next few weeks, so check back often to see what’s new.

My first product is an side table with a top made from the end of a wine barrel.  I disassemble to top, clean the existing tongue-and-groove joints, and then glue them back together as flat as possible.  The nature of the wood and the barrel it topped for so many years creates a slightly uneven surface and finish.  Some of the tops include the barrel-maker’s marks burned into them.

I am also working on live-edge coffee and sofa tables.  Made from boards that include at least one edge of the tree, some of these tables still have the bark attached.  All exhibit a natural look and feel that looks at home in any decor.

I try to combine multiple materials in all of my products .  For instance, one table I am working on has live edges on two sides and will have a stained glass panel incorporated into it’s centre.  I am experimenting with lighting the glass panel from underneath with low-power LED lights that will bring out the internal colours of the glass and make the table top glow.

Craftsman-style Wall Sconces

Craftsman-style Wall Sconces

Another example (but not for sale), is a pair of craftsman-style wall sconces that incorporate an oak frame with stained glass panels on three sides.  Originally built to frame a fireplace, their warm, soft light now illuminates our way in an upstairs hallway.  Built with Chicago art glass, their symmetrical design echoes the original craftsman design language.






I am also working with some truly unique raw material like this highly irregular curly maple slab.  One of the last slabs cut from the outside of a large maple tree, it has both curly grain and a prominent live edge that looks like molten lava.  This will eventually become a sofa table. This slab is particularly difficult to work with because of its irregular shape.  Most companies that make live edge tables usually just put metal legs on them, but I am making a custom base and legs that mirror the shape of the top.

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