This approximately 50" wide by 8 foot long walnut book match is two sister slabs that were shipped to us from our distrubutor after a collaborative section process with the client. When the slabs arrived in house, we took photos and marked the slabs with blue tape to ensure that the clients knew exactly where we planned to cut. Walnut bookmatched tables have a unique aesthetic and appeal, as they achieve this mirrored look that is really nice.
This table was quite a long process but the end result was really fantastic. We started with a general trestle design and provided the clients with multiple rounds of hand drawn design alternatives. We more or less ended up where we started, but it's part of some people's decision making process to feel like they've flirted with all the alternatives to then end up going with their gut. We next did a spec elevation CAD rendering for the clients so they could see proportions and think about leg and chair clearance.
We encourage our clients to get creative and to think outside the box. We've created a number of custom base shapes that might look quite simple on paper, but when you see then executed with black walnut they come to life in incredible ways. We are hoping these bases catch on and more and more people are interested in buying them. These walnut table bases are not cut in a curved shape out of a thick block of wood, which would be wasteful and less structurally sound.
Custom built teak storage bench built for a new construction home with a beautiful oceanside pool and pool house. This bench is made from real European teak which is approximately two to three times the cost of some of the teak alternatives. Teak has a natural waxy nature, which repels moisture, and makes it a great option for outdoor furniture. This teak bench has a mesh bottom for storing wet towels while giving them air room to breath. There is also a bottom steel shelf for towels.
Cannon Hill makes everything custom, by hand, and these incredible curved walnut bases are no exception. This design was chosen from a page of simple hand drawings done by Cannon HIll's Sam O'leary, and then it was converted into a CAD rendering for the client based on the size of their table. This curved base is made by making many dozens of strips of walnut, rolling glue between each strip, and curving them around a custom made form.
Ideally you have the length of material to use single lengths of board whenever you're doing a waterfall so that the grain patter can continue over the edge. It's a subtle thing, but when you don't do it, there is something subconsciously off about the piece. This reclaimed oak bart top was a careful build. We went out first to measure and template.
This 60" diameter walnut round was based on the old library tables at Roxbury Latin, the alma mater of one of the clients and the owner of Cannon Hill Woodworking. The two graduated years apart and only made the connection at the initial discussion the project. The school is just a few blocks from where the table now lives in West Roxbury. Those tables had a very heavy and severe way to them, as they were made of oak and stained dark.
The client for this table is a designer who has a vacation home in Maine. She designed the base of the table herself. She sent us a really nice hand drawing and basically said "I trust you to make this base beautiful and proportional to the table" and we went to work. What we didn't know was how cool her dining nook would be! Anyways, these bases are hand made like everything at Cannon Hill Woodworking, and assembled with real wood joinery.
Typically large commercial remodel or new construction projects go mostly with what's known as "commercial grade" furniture and millwork vendors. This means "you get what you get and you don't get upset". This make sense, of course. If you need to buy 40 tables for a large dining room, or 160 chairs, you can't have every piece be fine handmade furniture. Cannon Hill Woodworking is here for that accent piece or two, for that conference table, or private dining space, or welcome area table that you want people to see and go "Wow".
Elm is gorgeous. This elm slab is even more beautiful in person than it is in photos. Note, this is not the natural color of elm. Elm is a much lighter brown, and there are typically some vert subtle burnt orange undertones throughout. The slabs are clean, and the grain is really captivating without being over the top. The look of an elm slab will never get old. In this case, the client wanted a large live edge table, and they wanted to a specific dark color, but walnut was not quite the right color, and also walnut slabs are quire expensive.