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