|Tim Coleman posing with his handiwork|
A very special delivery was made to the Larkin district today: Furniture craftsman Timothy Coleman delivered the components of the Martin House library and dining tables to Hulley Woodworking for finishing and eventual installation in the house.
Selected from a talented national pool of furniture-makers through a competitive bid process, Coleman was awarded the contract to reproduce the Martin tables in April of this year. Since then, he has dedicated the lion's share of time (and space) in his Shelburne, MA workshop to the challenge of creating exacting reproductions of the two large tables that anchor the "unit room" of the Martin House. The precision of these reproductions begins with Coleman's choice of materials: all the quartersawn white oak used for the tables came from the same log, ensuring an exceptional consistency of grain between them. Even in this unfinished state, the joinery and attention to detail evident in these tables is impeccable.
Once the table components are finished to match the millwork and built-in cabinetry in the Martin House, Coleman will return to assemble and install his masterpieces in the library and dining room.