The photo on the left shows this piece early in its construction. The triangular jig was used to position the legs in the correct orientation as the various pieces of driftwood are fitted in place.
On the right, the table has been flipped upside-down as the pieces of driftwood that will support the glass top are glued into place.
A big challenge with this table was fitting the curvature of the driftwood sections so they would come together and meet the three legs at each corner, while still achieving the rigidity needed to create stability.
After completing "Coffee Table #1" (my first piece of what I call "functional driftwood sculpture") I could see the possibilities presented by using driftwood pieces with a great deal of character to form table legs, blended with lots of smaller pieces to create unique pieces of furniture that highlight the colors and textures of found Alaska driftwood. I wanted to tackle a piece
A friend of mine saw the three legs-to-be clamped in a jig on my studio table, and I explained to him the difficulty I was having getting a start on the piece. He suggested using a three-pronged driftwood branch positioned partway up the legs to form a cross-brace for the legs. Although I didn't have a simple Y-branch in my collection, I did have a small, uprooted spruce tree with three roots spaced spiraling out equally from the center-line of the trunk. The ocean had stripped off all the bark, and the wood had faded into a pleasant silvery-gray. I immediately saw this as the structural centerpiece to my three-legged table, and "Twister" was born.
As with my abstract driftwood sculpture "Flowing Water", which uses short sections of twisted driftwood tree roots, the wood I used in "Twister" has been naturally sculpted into seemingly impossible curves and bends. Roots and other beautifully-textured wood twists and flows around the roots and tree stump that form the central focal point. This functional driftwood sculpture invites careful study of its many twists and turns.
Functional Sculpture, 2014.
Alaska driftwood and adhesive; glass top.
Base 19" per side" (top 26" diameter); 29" high.
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