If you time it right, and you know where to go, it’s amazing what interesting pieces of driftwood you can find just lying on the beach. Some pieces resemble a leg with an oddly angled foot:
Others look like a seahorse:
and some just have a textural interest:
If you are really lucky you can find something with a practical use. With an idea in mind, I was searching for something suitable as a base for a table when I came across this stump:
‘That’s perfect’, I said to M. ‘Can you get it for me, please?’ ‘No, I can’t. It’s far too heavy’, was his reply. ‘You try to lift it’. I clambered over the rocks and began to tug. ‘I think it’s stuck,’ I shouted back. ‘No it’s not. Trust me, it’s just too heavy. Give up and look for something smaller’. Disappointed but determined, I scoured the beach (with M’s help, of course) collecting a number of smaller logs with a view to fixing them altogether to make a circular base.
Yesterday, after the logs had been thoroughly cleaned, dried and treated with an anti woodworm solution, just to be on the safe side, I finally started to work on the table. With some advice from M, the first stage was to glue the central logs together and bind them securely. With the help of some clamps and garden wire, this was easy enough:
Today, once the glue was dried, I screwed the central pieces together and gradually added more logs to the outside, screwing them one at a time. So far so good, but it then came to the tricky bit: cutting the group of logs to length. It was time to call for some expert help, not only in precision sawing, but it was clear that this was going to be a four-handed job. M was not thrilled at the task but armed with only a handsaw, manfully accepted the challenge, even allowing me to cut the final piece, just so I could say I did!
While the base sat firmly on the floor, the top needed a little adjustment, i.e sanding. Little by little and with constant checking with a glass top, we sanded it down to an acceptable level of levelness! The final stage was then to glue the glass top to the base. M applied the glue while I, centring only by eye, carefully placed the top in position. We stood back, giggled and admired our work:
So, with two tables under my belt, I wonder what my next project will be?