Craig Thibodeau’s Arts and Crafts Revival Furniture Commission – Dining Set
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.
Carpathian Elm Burl and Cherry Dining Set #2
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.
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.
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
The professional photographs of most of Craig Thibodeau’s furniture pieces were made by Craig Carlson