Natural Edge Elm Coffee Tables
The original commission for this trio of natural edge elm coffee tables required built-in versatility. The tables had to work individually; they had to line up together to create a larger display table; and also be strong enough to use as stools. Finding the right feature board to use on top was essential – the ideal piece of wood would have natural edges, knots, cracks or other interesting features that could be highlighted and filled with dovetail keys or stitching.
I’ve now made several variations of the original design, all in burr elm. The later versions were to be used solely as coffee tables rather than stools - this freed me up to create legs with an elegant, arched shape as well as moving the dovetail joints to the ends of the boards. This means that when the tables are lined up they align perfectly, giving the impression of four legs on each side instead of six.
The underlying design principle is the same in every set of coffee tables, but each one is unique and defined by the top feature board. Nature is the driving force, resulting in one design with infinite variations.