The coffee table that started it all (part 2)
So I set out to find a maker, hopped online, and started searching around. No matter what I typed into Google, I seemed to keep coming across CustomMade.com. As I looked at examples of projects that were completed before by various artisans, I fell in love with figured bubinga, specifically of the waterfall (pomelle bubinga) variety. I was blown away that wood could have that type of figure naturally occurring, and I was fascinated that such a unique looking and dense hardwood could be used in making custom furniture.
I kept searching, but this time, for examples of folks who specialized in constructing custom furniture from this particular material – pomelle bubinga. There were a few challenges I needed to overcome. First, I had read that Bubinga was a very dense and durable material, and that it therefore required special skill to work with as a material. Second, that waterfall Bubinga lumber was very difficult to source for a number of reasons, the largest of which was that the wood was often turned into veneer (and I wanted a piece made using solid hardwood). But I was determined to source the lumber and the maker.
I continued my search for a maker by looking at example projects on CustomMade, and one particular piece struck a chord with me. it was a live edge pomelle Bubinga desk made by Michael Huber of Chesapeake Cabinet and Woodworks in Maryland. Here are some pictures of it:
We will be posting photos of the bubinga coffee table shortly. Until then, let us know what you think!!