All the solid material was hammer textured with the power
hammer prior to fabrication. The leaf work was repousse'd
from 16 ga. mild steel sheet. The majority of the repousse'
work was done cold with the aid of a treadle hammer. Using a
variety of dishing and veining toptools with a lead bottom
tool for malleable resistance. Some of the more detailed
acanthus leaves needed to be annealed to avoid splitting.
The finish: was a five step process. First the table
was sandblasted. Then with the aid of a rose bud torch,
stove polish was applied to the hot metal. This was then
hand rubbed with a scotchbrite pad that brought out all the
highs and lows of the details, and leaving a gunmetal gray
finish. To preserve this finish, linseed oil was baked on. A
mahogany acrylic was dry brushed on all the leaves, forged
balls and acorns. The leaf work was then accented with just
a touch of gold highlights. The finish was applied by an
associate, named Chris. I wish I could remember his last
Approx. labor time: Design and fabrication, 650 hours.