Crotch table  part 1

The "Y" shaped slab, cut from the fork between two main branches that split from the trunk, is a wonderful piece or wood. Its grain orientation is very attractive and since we hardly see it utilized in furniture making, a piece of crotch furniture always receives great attention once someone make good use of it. Crotches – or part of the crotch – have been used in shipbuilding too, to make knee braces or "L" shaped parts.



The table I built recently at Purchase College, is made from four main parts: a crotch slab that I found on the wood rack outside the shop, and three old walnut legs that Dennis, the head of the wood program, gave me. Dennis found the legs and asked me if I might want to use them in one of my projects. After seeing the crotch and looking at legs I decided I will make a table out of them. What really attracted me to the legs was their simple tapered shapes, and the robust cast iron plates that allowed me to attach them almost to any kind of surface.



Stay tuned for my next blog entry later this week, and to the next chapter of crotch table story.

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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.