Puma Table

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This table represents a mountain lion hunting in deep snow. I found these awesome pictures of a cougar hunting a snow hare and became more than captivated by the scene, so I decided to make it into an outlandish ...

 

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 This table represents a mountain lion hunting in deep snow. I found these awesome pictures of a cougar hunting a snow hare and became more than captivated by the scene, so I decided to make it into an outlandish coffee table. I love it. The cat is Redwood, the snowy table sections are versatile MDF and lacquer.

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This is the second of a small series of tables incorporating big cats. This table represents a Puma hunting in snow. The Puma is known as the cat of many names, Puma, Cougar, Mountain Lion all being the same creature. They can vary in size and shape enormously, hence the fact, I hope to get away with my cat's head being more typical to a Jaguar than that of a Cougar. The skull structure of a Cougar seems to be slightly smaller than most other big cats. Their size and shape differs depending on age, environment, sex and time of year. I hope that with these factors taken into account, my cat is plausible.

The cat itself is carved out of one single lump of Wellingtonia "Redwood"also known as "Coast redwood" a giant Sequoia . This is a fast growing softwood. The giant redwoods famously being the largest trees in the world. Covering large parts of the USA they were imported into Britain in the early 19th century and planted on large country estates. It's common name refers to it's red timber, coloured by tannines contained within the wood. These tannines provide a natural protection for the timber, guarding against rot, insects and other forms of degradation. When the wood is cut it has a tendancey to bleed these tannines, which seep out of any newly exposed surface, normally a very dark purple, though the colour can fluctuate between a soft pink all the way to a blackish purple. This colour will dissipate with time unless the timber can be sealed using lacquers and varnishes etc. This means u can work the wood, seeing it change in colour as you go. One day it'll be red, the following day it'll be darker because the tannines have had that extra amount of time to seep out. You can create products in an iridescent purple hue, and providing they are sealed well, they will hold these colours for many many years if not indefinately. People are always astounded by the colours variations within the wood, falsey presuming stains and paints have been used. You also have the colour difference between the heart and sapp wood. Most cabinet makers or people working with wood will stick to using the heart wood in general. This is because it is stronger and generally richer in colour. Though often people will incorporate both because they like the contrast. I am often forced to use the sapp wood simply because I work on a large scale and need to use all the wood available to me. Again once an finished piece has been sealed or has repeated oiling treatments it should last a long time even if it is a poor material to begin with.

The table itself is MDF which has been lacquered. The multiple layers of lacquer add strength and seal the shape and structure . The table part is semi counter balanced with the Puma, giving a lot of free flying surface area.

The table represents a Puma hunting in snow. I found these pictures of a puma hunting a snow hare. Both animals leaping through this deep snow. The puma being semi submerged back legs planted under the snow , mid bound. This leaves the viewer looking at the top half of this magnificent animal. Tail high in the air balancing it's leap. I've had to change various details to make the idea work out of large heavy lumps of wood. Though as the saying goes, you get the picture.