Gathering Table

Gathering Table by Robert Wolfkill

My goal when designing this dining set, was to embrace the act of gathering. The pandemic has proved nothing is more cherished.  Therefore, the table was designed and crafted for side by side seating.  The inspiration came from the beautiful pieces created during the mid-century modern era. Clean sleek lines, minimal ornamentation and elegance defined the furniture of this period.  I incorporated hand carved splayed legs, exposed seamless joinery, arched front aprons and an elegantly chamfered rounded top.   The timber used for the set is quarter-sawn sapele mahogany.  The quarter-sawn section of the log is the most sought after due to it’s stability and beautiful ribbon grain.  Pegged mortise and tenon joinery was used throughout.  This is a time consuming technique that requires absolute accuracy but is far superior to today’s mechanical fasteners.  The piece was meticulously sanded and an old world technique was used to ebonized the timber. This technique transformed it to a dark ebony tone but preserved it’s grain and character.  Several coats of an oil/ vanish mix further enhanced the beauty of the grain and protects for daily use.

The table measures 9’7”L X 44.5”W X 30”H and the matching benches are 98”L X 15.5”W X 18”H -$8500

This piece is on display at the Cultural Counsel for the Palm Beaches Gathering Exhibit through January 15, 2022

Read about Robert’s passion for fine woodwork