David Fay Custom Furniture
Harmony Dining Table

Photographs by David Fay and Paige Russell

The customer visited my web site and was drawn to the Ricker table, which was originally inspired by a Charles Prowell design. After exploring a few design options, we came back to the Ricker table as our starting point. While the lines and details are very similar, we created a table unique to their ideas by emphasizing the table top with ebony inlay on the corners and a carving of the Chinese characters for harmony in the center. Rather than do an inlay like the treatment on the corners, I carved the outline of the characters then dyed the figures black. I did this to give more of a lyrical flow to the line, similar to the original calligraphy. The top is made from two exceptional Honduran mahogany planks, giving the table a long, even, subtle figure, which is what makes this particular species so beautiful. The design and construction details of the base are mortise and tenon joinery, giving reference to both the Arts & Crafts Movement as well as Japanese aesthetics.


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Materials: Honduran mahogany, grenadillo and Gaboon ebony woods
Dimensions: 78 inches long x 36 inches wide x 30½ inches high