Greg's latest commission for a dining table led him on a treasure hunt for the perfect piece of wood.
Depending on the species, large slabs of wood are generally not too hard to find, but this table is to be made from Koa. Koa is only grown in Hawaii, and because the tree saplings are very tasty to cattle and wild goats, not many trees in the wild reach maturity, let alone grow big enough for a dining table slab.
Of course, he started the search in Hawaii. When he was unable to find it there, he spent weeks searching and calling several lumber yards, and was finally successful! He flew to Pennsylvania, the only yard in the US with Koa slabs large enough for this table, where he found this gorgeous "bookmatched" pair of Hawaiian Koa slabs.
The table will be about 46" W x 100" L and will have the live edge running through the center of the table.
He is now making a maquette 1/4 the size of the actual table. He will try out several different leg configurations and collaborate with the clients on the final design before starting on the actual table.
Stay tuned and check Greg's blog to see his progress.