|Birthday Ride to Enchanted Rock
April is also the "birth"day for the "Susan" Table. She was all finished up and delivered on Sunday the 29th. I know Lou felt a few pangs as he let her go. She went to a very good home and we know she will be well loved for a few generations at the very least.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Susan Table!!
Here is her story:
|"Susan" Table Mesquite Slab Top
Conception: Lou created a sketch based on the mesquite slab that was chosen and the process began.
|Conception: Lou Quallenberg's sketch of the "Susan" Table
Once the sketch was approved the slab and it's flitch (the rest of the slabs from the tree) was taken to Brandon Berdoll in Cedar Creek. Where they were placed in his kiln for drying. Brandon has kiln drying of mesquite down to a science and he provided us with regular moisture content readings throughout the entire process. The mesquite was in the kiln for a good eleven weeks.
|Mesquite slabs stacked and ready for the kiln
|Final moisture content reading on mesquite slabs dried in the kiln
|Removing the mesquite bark
|Calculating the curve for the table base
|The jig that creates the matching curve
|Lou Quallenberg in the shop with his curve creating jig
|The Laminated Mesquite Base Curve and Leg Pattern
|Mesquite Table Clamped and Ready for Final Design Tweaking
|A First Glimpse at How the Mesquite Table Will Look
|The Mesquite Base Curves Finally Together
|Curved Mesquite Base Ready for the Finish
Lou's finish is a two week process of lovingly hand sanding the tung oil based finish into every nook and cranny on the piece.
|Applying the Finish to the Mesquite Slab Top
|First Coat of Finish on the Mesquite Base
|Mesquite Slab Top With the First Coat of Tung Oil Based Finish
|Curved Mesquite Base All Finished
|The "Susan" Mesquite Table Ready for Her Closeup and More
Photography is the next step of the process. Lou photographs each piece utilizing his skills and experience in commercial photography. The "Susan" was photographed in Tom Suarez's Studio because she was too large to set up properly in the shop. Lou's work is difficult to capture photographically because of all the curves and curves and curves.....
|Lou Quallenberg's "Susan" Table in Mesquite 116"L x 24"W x 31"H
After her photos the "Susan" Table was ready for delivery. Once a piece is "delivered" to the client the process comes to an end for us and the delivery date becomes each pieces "Birthday" in our catalog of Mesquite Furniture pieces. Where each piece is photographed and the original client/buyers name and location is recorded to help track the provenance of the individual pieces.
|Check out Jamail's in Horeshoe Bay, Texas
The Jamail Family has handled this overwhelming task with such grace and efficiency, producing a wonderful gem of a store in the heart of the Hill Country. I hope the floral department that I create for them can hold up to their high standards in quality and value. I can't wait to finally get my hands on some of these flowers I have been carefully sourcing and ordering. Because that is when the real fun begins.