Best of Show at the Texas Furniture Maker’s Show

Hand forged table

Hall table made of mesquite, steel, and copper

Caleb Nolen, our blacksmithing instructor at The Ploughshare Institute, won best of show in the 12th annual Texas Furniture Maker’s Show with his hall table. The Texas Furniture Maker’s Show is a juried show that features the work of the finest furniture makers in Texas.

The sides of the piece are hand forged in a serpentine shape that runs in fluidity to the bow front, bringing your attention to the center oval, which showcases a cluster of hand forged roses.

Hand forged roses

Caleb fashioned each rose and its stem from a single piece of steel. The leaves are individually shaped then forge welded to the rose stem. On either side of the oval is a hand hammered copper rose.

Copper rose

Mortise and tenon joints with hand-hammered rivets hold the table together, and the top is made of figured mesquite.

Side view of table

BEST OF SHOW WINNER

Our Blacksmithing instructor at Ploughshare, Caleb Nolan, won best of show in the 12th annual Texas Furniture Maker’s Show with his hall table. The sides of the piece are hand forged in a serpentine shape that runs in fluidity to the bow front, bringing your attention to the center oval, which showcases a cluster of hand forged roses.

Caleb fashioned each rose and stem from a single piece of steel. He individually forged each leaf then forge welded them to the stem. On either side of the oval is a hand hammered copper rose, formed in the traditional repose method, done entirely freehand. The table is joined together with mortise and tenon joints and hand-hammered rivets, and the top is made from a fine piece of figured mesquite.

The piece is on display November 10 through December 10, 2011 at the show in Kerrville, Texas. The Texas Furniture Maker’s Show is a juried show that features the work of the finest furniture makers in Texas. Most entries in the show are constructed of wood, but entries also include materials as diverse as metal, stone, and fabric.