Ted Blachly

‘Boston Table’
Claro walnut, Gabon ebony, quartersawn white oak
17-1/2″ deep x 47-1/2″ wide x 31″ high

Making this piece was, in part, a reflection on my 20-year association with NHFMA. I was invited to join this group in 1995, its inaugural year. A letter from David Lamb put forth the idea of promoting, exhibiting and, ultimately, selling “stellar” handmade furniture. “Masterworks!” It was a bit intimidating, but also a challenge. The first year was a great success; both of my pieces (a sideboard and blanket chest) sold, which was rewarding and gave me confidence that there was interest in this level of work.

For this anniversary year, I introduce the “Boston Table.” It was made very slowly. The process of developing and making a piece like this is both demanding and enjoyable. Refining my techniques and sensitivity to design is just part of the natural path from accumulated experience.

I allowed myself the time “to get it right.” I feel fortunate to be able to work in this way and am thankful for the opportunity. It is due, in part, to the patron and commissioning process that was and is a vital aspect of our original idea for the NH Furniture Masters Association.

As for the table, that’s luscious Claro walnut. Just look at it and enjoy!

Happy 20th year, NHFMA!

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