Durt’s Corner has been empty for far too long and I have just the thing to kick things off… I’m going to show off a bit of the wood-work my oh-so-talented hubby is so good at creating. Although not near as entertaining as a story from Durt himself, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
First item on display is our new dining table. He whipped this beauty up in a couple weekend afternoons so that we can again eat together as a family. The table we’ve been using sat 6 (doesn’t quite work with a family of 10+). Its a bit premature to unveil this project as there are benches to come, but I couldn’t resist. (I’ll create another post when the benches arrive.)
The materials in this table include two slabs of beautiful walnut on top, stunning deep red jarrah wood from the historical Godley House on Banks Peninsula for the frame, and an old gnarly solid piece of steel foraged from the property (presumably from a locomotive of some sort) to complete the base–not sure how old the steel is but its beautifully rusted/patinaed and perfectly pulls the whole table together.
Another good bit of information, Jarrah wood is a type of eucalyptus tree (specifically eucalyptus marginata). This is a hard wood found in south west Australia. It is commonly used for building in Australia, but not as commonly used today in New Zealand… recently NZ seems to be choosing other woods that are produced within the country (sensible). Dusty has had fun working with the Jarrah as it is very hard, has a beautiful deep red color when sanded down, and there is something so cool about using historic pieces that are beautifully weathered… and in this case the beams still maintain the original hand-chisel marks from its original structure (Godley House) built in the 1800’s. We were told that the Godley House (which was, sadly, recently torn down due to irreparable earthquake damage) was the third house built on Banks Peninsula back in the 1800’s. How cool is that!