this table is a piece of American history
1,000 year old sinker cypress
100 year old bullet
hand-cut blue glass
THE STORY BEHIND THE TABLE:
This table has a story to tell. Picture this…two guys diving off a small pontoon boat into murky alligator-infested waters near Charleston, South Carolina, hunting for treasure. Not for ordinary treasure, but for sunken logs. When they find one, they dive down and tie a cable onto the log and wrestle it out of the water. You may think our story begins here, but it actually starts much farther back. The wood I chose for the tabletop came from a Cypress tree - more specifically a “sinker cypress”. Cypress logs grow in rivers and when they are harvested they float and are pushed down river to the sawmill, but some of them, like this one, had a bacterial infection that caused them to hold more water, making them sink. This cypress was cut down 100-200 years ago, with axe marks on the butt of the log providing evidence it was felled by hand. Not only that, but this was a 1,000 year old virgin tree, making this by far the oldest wood I’ve ever worked with. If that wasn’t enough, an old bullet lodged in the underside of the table hints at yet another story this table has to tell. This table has a fabulous story, but what I like most is the full-circle symbolism. The tree once proudly stood growing in a river. It died and was forgotten, but now it’s been recovered and carefully brought back to life, proudly connected to a river once again. This is a remarkable piece of history - functional art with a story to tell.