When Jonathan visited the client’s home to discuss this piece, he was struck that it was the kind of house that had the view that a migrating bird might see. Situated high over the Dee valley, looking south, with a sense of distance and space, you could imagine what it was like to fly.
The client wanted to replace a table that had done good service, but faded in the sunlight. So they needed something from wood which wasn’t shy and had some character. Jonathan had some air dried olive ash from Haddo House which the client stacked in the sitting room, neatly behind the sofa for a couple of months to condition before the piece was made.
The diagonal projection of the piece emphasises the motion and stretch of the swan in the picture. All it needed was some danish oil and good company to bring it to life.