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 New Yorker, John has been fashioning custom furniture for many years. Although he started a lucrative career building custom cabinetry at Bloomingdales, his heart wasn’t in it, and he moved to Cody, WY. He worked for a local furniture maker in town, then eventually opened Norseman Designs West where he began building his own line of award-winning high-end western furniture. He combines the simple honesty of Shaker-style furniture with the flowing curves of Art Nouveau. Wood, his favorite medium, is warm and forgiving, and each different species of wood has their own smell and characteristics like people. John enjoys working and incorporating different textures in his pieces. He gains inspiration from nature, and by looking at the work of old masters, from Shaker to Stickley, Art Nouveau to Molesworth. May was a great month for John, he received the Mountain Living Award for lifetime achievement in western furniture design and celebrated the birth of his children and grandchildren.