Craig Thibodeau’s Arts and Crafts Revival Furniture Commission – Dining Set

Arthur Dodge July 6, 2013

This is the second version I’ve created of my Carpathian Elm and Cherry Dining Set. This one is quite a bit larger than the previous version though, ending up 9 feet long and nearly 4 feet wide at the widest point.

Craig Thibodeau

Carpathian Elm Burl and Cherry Dining Set #2

Elm and Cherry Table With Chairs. Materials: Carpathian Elm Burl, Cherry, Macassar Ebony, Mother-of-Pearl, Gaboon Ebony

The initial inspiration for this commission came when the client saw an image of the original table and chairs on a site that shows some of my work. The overall scope is similar to the original but we’ve taken the design and detailing a bit further by adding Mother-of-Pearl and Ebony inlays on both the tabletop and the chair backsplats. There is also some Ebony inlay on the base and we curved the trestle feet and the verticals to accent the curved lines of the table.

Craig Thibodeau

Carpathian Elm Burl and Cherry Dining Table
Dining Table with Chairs – Detail
Tabletop Inlays with Gaboon Ebony, Mother-of-Pearl and Macassar Ebony.

The chair design came from a chair maker in Seattle whom I commissioned to make 10 of his signature dining chairs and to incorporate the veneered and inlaid backsplats that I made to match the detailing on the tabletop. When his basic chairs arrived, I finished off the detailing and sculpting and brought them to the finish level shown in the images. The end result is a very nice set of chairs.

Craig Thibodeau

Arm Chair for Dining Set

It’s not uncommon for highly skilled furniture designer-makers to collaborate in ways that optimize their respective studios’ specialities. [There are no economies of scale for custom woodworking, only “economies of sanity” :] – AKD

Dining Side Chair – Front View
Dining Side Chair – Back View
Dining Chair Backsplat Detail

The professional photographs of most of Craig Thibodeau’s  furniture pieces were made by Craig Carlson