Highland Table

Highland Table Main

Being a furniture maker, I enjoy the opportunity to work with what I believe to be one of the most incredible natural substances in all of creation: wood. I consider it an awesome responsibility to recognize the beauty and diversity of trees from all over the world and then figure out a way to design a piece which highlights those characteristics. Normally my gratitude to the God who created these amazing specimens is something I experience alone while crafting a piece, but this table virtually screams my thanks to the Creator for all He has done in my life.

Highland Table 1

When my church decided to undertake a building project to expand its space and capabilities, I knew I had to be a part of it somehow. After being told that a large, round table would be needed for the new narthex, I took the next four months trying to come up with a design that would be appropriate. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to arrive at one that I deemed sufficient. Then, one Saturday while sitting in another church with my wife while waiting for a wedding to start, the table popped into my head fully formed. I quickly sketched it on the wedding program before I lost the image and realized that what I came up with was a bit more than the church had originally asked for.

Every single piece of the table holds some sort of theological significance. What follows below is a quick breakdown of the intended imagery.

Highland Table 2

Top:

In the Christian faith it is common to compare the love of God to a circle, as a circle has no beginning and no end. The tabletop is a perfect oval which is meant to represent this love. It is inlaid with a variation of the Presbyterian cross as the tabletop is meant to represent the present day church. The top is made of a massive piece of Honduran Mahogany.

Cross inlay with crown of thorns:

In a variation of the Celtic cross which is one of the symbols of the Presbyterian church, I inlaid a cross with a crown of thorns in the tabletop. The thorns are made of a wood called Purpleheart, as purple traditionally denotes royalty and dying on the cross was Christ’s most kingly gesture.

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Highland Table 4

Ribcage apron structure with thorns:

If you look underneath the table, the apron support system is meant to conjure up the image of a ribcage which is often a vivid part of the crucifix. At the ends of each apron, another thorn is carved to call attention to Christ’s suffering. The aprons are made of Honduran Mahogany.

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Legs:

The legs of the table are made to look like crucifixion spikes. The “tops” of the nails are separate pieces and are held on with hidden magnets, allowing them to be removed when the entire surface is needed. They pass through the top and then through the cross below, literally tying the present day church (the top of the table) to the sacrifice of Christ (the cross below). His death on the cross holds up our church even today, just as the legs hold up the top of the table. The legs are made of a dense, African wood called Wenge.

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Cross stretcher:

At the base of the table is a large cross which serves as a stretcher to give support to the table. The legs pass through the cross and continue down to the floor, just as the nails passed through the hands and feet of Christ. On the cross, inlaid in Hebrew, are the words “By his wounds we are healed.” For it is by the sacrifice of Christ alone that we can enjoy eternity with him. The cross is made of Honduran Mahogany.

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Holly Inlay:

Highland Table 10One very special element of this table is the Holly that was used for all of the white inlays. When the church was being expanded, a large Holly tree needed to be cut down in order to accommodate the new floor plan. The problem was that the tree had been planted as a memorial to a congregation member who had passed away many years ago.

The family graciously agreed to have the tree removed, but we felt that something needed to be done with it other than just chipping it up and throwing it out. So, I removed the felled tree from the church property, had it sawn into small boards and kiln dried, and used the wood from that tree for the inlays in the table. A project is always more special to me when I have seen the living tree before I shape it into a piece of furniture, and the significance of this particular tree made the project that much more meaningful.

Highland Table 11

Find more work like this: Church, Holly, Honduran Mahogany, Purpleheart, Table, Wenge. 169

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