LOL. Puke, aye? I agree with you Joe. I am also a traditionalist and
conservative. Many of my pieces are made direct from the log, not from
purchased lumber. I am often enfluenced by nature's art (Wildlife
Biology major), not by some picture in a magazine. Where, in nature,
do you see a straight line? I also work with driftwood pieces. The
Mississippi River delta area often has some fantastic driftwood pieces
to offer. The eroded/worn pieces are often already "sanded" relatively
smooth for me. I try not to have straight lines or sharp edges on my
pieces. I like my own milled lumber's edges to be the natural side of
a log. I do not delve in the artsy fartsy stick type furniture,
either, except to make some yard decor, etc., with scraps, on
occassion. I don't like to throw wood in the trash heap, so I try to
make something with everything.
The kidney bean reference (for lack of a better immediate description)
is a variation of a rectangle, but slightly curved, allowing for a
smooth flowing piece. The idea, of my suggestions, was to experiment
with shapes, other than common shapes. The tier shaped reference is
based on a driftwood piece I once saw..... woodsy, simple, yet
elegant....not resembling modern art at all. I've made a few tiered
pieces. And yes, they do have a flavor all their own.
I highly suspect many of us posters, here, have similar ideas about our
furniture and other in-home decor likes and dislikes. Modern art is
not my style, either.
Ottomans are very popular today. My first thought was an oval or
round coffee table (who likes to hit their shins on a coffee table
corner?) If you went with a half-hexagon a leg at each apron
intersection makes sense.
My BIL has an orientation like that, and the hardware kit on his table
allows the table top to lift up and over so you can eat while sitting
on the sofa. Good for fireside, candlelit dinners and whatnot.
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