Much like the rug in The Big Lebowski that "really tied the room together", this breakfast bar unites the kitchen with the living room and outside spaces. Viewed from the kitchen, the big leaf maple breakfast bar glows with the abundant natural light that spills through the living room windows from the surrounding forest. Even on a typically grey, rainy December day in Eugene, the natural light in this home provide a surprising amount of warmth, (even if that warmth is in the form of light, rather than sensible heat). Live edges on the bar top and corbels with the highly figured grain show off the natural beauty of the wood. Really, I just cut it to fit the space, the wood is the real star on this project.
A mere splinter of a once-towering tree, the base for this Douglas Fir and Bigleaf Maple coffee table is a remnant of "Doug ". Doug was a 420 year old, 6'+ diameter slab of salvaged Douglas Fir that had traveled more than 30,000 miles as part of the Ancient Forest Roadshow. Doug met thousands of people along its journey and was a tangible reminder of the threats to the last remaining ancient forests. This coffee table was auctioned at the 9th Annual Wonderland Auction to benefit Cascadia Wildlands.
It may have taken more than four centuries to grow, but after only a few years traveling on a trailer for the roadshow, the massive slab had begun to show the wear of being exposed to the elements. When I first heard Doug was to be decommissioned, I had a grand vision of making a meeting table of the massive slab. As we began to remove it from the trailer it quickly became clear that the slab would not hold together, and we focused on salvaging the most sound sections. These pieces were quite hefty, although their mass did not translate into strength, and I worried if I milled them too thin that they would further fall apart. For the coffee table, I used the fraction of Doug as the base and incorporated a slab of big leaf maple, keyed into the face.