This is one of the Grandest Tables we ever created, a spectacular dining-table seating 10, made with two of the rarest antique slabs from our collection: from the 200 slabs we collected over the last 8 years, only 4 pairs are about this length.
These slabs where bought at an antique dealer in North-Vietnam who had salvaged them from an abandoned church. The church boasted a dorm-like barn in which travelers from far and beyond stayed over-night before Sunday mass. More than a hundred years ago, huge trees were abundant and locals used these to build their houses and furniture. The slabs we collected never show any carving, decoration, nor even legs. Slabs like these were purely functional, they would cover the floor and people could roll out their bamboo-mats to rest.
You’ll notice the metal strips on the end edges of the table: these are not our doing but date from way back when these slabs were used: a villager must have noted at some point the there were some crack at the end; he must have decided to remedy this by hammering a chain into the wood to keep it together.
We naturally decided we should keep this quirky detail…
We joined these two slabs following traditional joinery techniques and reinforced the bottom with 3 lateral steel rods cut into the wood.
The top is finished with layers of hand rubbed natural oil
We mounted this King Arthur sized table on two hand-cast Solid brass PT16 Bases, made by legendary Bronze-master Armando and his team: at 75 he is still as passionate as way back when he created sculptures for Salvador Dali, old school crafts you say?
This Grand Table would make a great executive desk too…