Maple and walnut game table on juniper legs.
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An impeccably finished walnut and maple game board inlaid upon a maple tabletop. Applied pole work with curved apron surrounds the tabletop which decorates a discreetly inset red suede-lined drawer for storing cards or game pieces. Game table top is set upon twisted Rocky Mountain juniper legs that support the top narrowly then spreads and twists as it reaches the floor, creating a balanced hourglass silhouette–a beautiful focal point in any room. John Gallis, of Norseman Designs West, seeks design inspiration from the natural surroundings of his home in Cody. He undoubtedly walked through his woodyard, which represents decades worth of collecting interesting root formations, burls and branches, and selected just the right sculpted growth to inspire this one-of-a-kind piece.
A native of Long Island, John established a lucrative career building custom cabinetry for Bloomingdale’s before moving west to Cody, Wyoming. He worked for a local furniture maker in town before opening Norseman Designs West, where he created his own line of awardwinning high-end western furniture. John combines the simple honesty of Shaker style with the flowing curves of Art Nouveau. Wood is his favorite medium; it is warm and forgiving, and he enjoys incorporating different textures into his pieces. He finds that each species of wood has its own unique scent and characteristics. He particularly likes working with walnut and juniper, as they blend well and complement each other. John searches out exotic examples of these woods, focusing on their figure and grain to enhance the overall look of the piece itself. He says he tries not to overwork the wood to be something it’s not. John gains inspiration from nature and by studying the work of the masters, from Shaker to Stickley, from Art Nouveau to Cody’s own Thomas Molesworth. John’s son, Ian, has been working with him for the past fifteen years and plans to continue the Gallis legacy into the next generation. Whether crafted by the father or son, each Norseman Designs West piece is highly refined, elegantly composed, and decidedly original.