This has been one of the more unique pieces I had the pleasure of designing and building. The piece of machinery in the center of the table is a compression chamber from a jet engine. The client that commissioned this project wanted a unique way to display the engine. After a few iterations of the design, we came up with a coffee table where a river is of glass is flowing out of the jet engine.
The base is made from walnut that is dyed to match some of the other millwork in the house. I reinforced the base with a hidden steel frame to help support the weight of the engine. I used one of my favorite design elements to make it look like a bridge; even thou the water is flowing over the top of the bridge instead of underneath it, I think the aspect helps tie the theme together.
The top is made from a cottonwood live edge slab, which had some beautiful burls on it. The cottonwood tree was felled here in Colorado and provided by a local arborist, who helped slab the tree and dry the wood.
The glass was waterjet cut to follow the grain in the wood and wrap around the shape of the burl. I then carefully inlaid it into the top of the slab.
To get it in position at the client’s place, I built a custom crate that I could strap the engine in and then used a mobile engine hoist/crane to place it into the back of the truck. The crate was explicitly notched to sit on a dolly so it could be rolled around. I took the crane apart and loaded it into the truck with the table, which came apart into a few pieces. Once on-site, we reassembled the crane to get it out of the truck and wheeled the engine inside over a makeshift ramp to get over any steps and thresholds. I disassembled the crane, brought it inside, and reassembled to lift the engine in place onto the base. Then added the cottonwood slabs and slid the glass into place. I then reversed the process, took apart the crane to get in back outside and into the back of the truck. I felt pretty proud that I pulled off a nicely choreographed bit of engineering to get it into its final resting place.
These projects are some of my recent works, which show my commitment to producing quality well designed, and handcrafted furniture. They were selected to show my depth of experience in designing unique pieces, as well as my ability to execute a high level of craftsmanship to bring them into the world. If you would like to see further examples of my work, you can view a more in-depth portfolio here.