A few exterior finishing touches remain, and I'll get to them (I promise!) but having just finished the interior drywall and gotten a couple of coats of paint up, it feels finished enough to post about.
But before that fiddle gets much attention, this below is next up. I figure it'll be a nice winter project. My friend Chris Jacoby called this grain "fierce" and I couldn't agree more. I am super psyched to get moving on it, although its hardly first on the list of things to do.
Oh, and that reclaimed barnwood table base? Yup, here it is. And the hand plane I'm using has a great story too: I found it inside my buddy Paul's wall while we were opening it up to install some cabinets. It is just an old hardware store block plane from the 50's, but boy does it have some hustle to it. It is my go-to for everyday use.
Ye olde no-name block plane. So modest, but so sweet.
Butterfly keys are a classic way of working with cracks in large wood slabs. They serve as a way of stabilizing the crack and preventing it from opening up further. They're also a lovely way of embracing the imperfections in the world. It corresponds nicely to a Japanese worldview called wabi-sabi, which seeks to accept or transcend the impermanent and imperfect and find beauty in things as they are. Can't argue with that.