A historic cherry tree lost from the landscape will continue to be an integral part of life at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, reborn as a rustic library table designed by Jonathan Trueblood.
Over 150 years old, planted at the founding of the school, the 4' diameter tree was milled into logs and then cut into planks 3" thick and over 15' long. The edges were left natural ("free"). The pieces that form the tabletop and base were married with butterfly wedges, using no nails or screws.
The finished library table is about 15' long and 4' wide, weighing roughly 800 lbs.
Our client wanted to change the layout of an existing bedroom, with a new hearth as a focal point and a bed floating in the center of the room. The bed would be the centerpiece of the room- viewed from all sides.
Jonathan Trueblood designed a bed with a curved headboard made of ribbon mahogany, with built in side tables that are hinged to swing outward for easy linen changes. The curved shape adds visual interest while allowing comfortable traffic flow around the room. Electronics are concealed within the headboard, including lighting and charging stations. The area above the new hearth is wired and ready for a flat screen television.