New 2008 Furniture - The Prana Table

The sleek and modern Prana Table has a refined and angular steel base and a rich, warm slab top made from Dakota Burl.  This table as shown seats 10.  The steel base was fabricated by Kirk Williams, a master metal worker and artist in Burlington.  Dakota Burl is a relatively new composite material made from wheat, sunflower seeds and formaldehyde-free resin. It is manufactured by Environ Biocomposites in Minnesota: www.environbiocomposites.com. This table top has a built-up edge thickness of 2 1/4" and is stained a rich brown using a combination of cherry and ebony stains.  The steel base is removable for shipping or moving and is connected to the base with flat head hex drive bolts that are screwed into threaded inserts. There is an interesting footnote to the story of the table top.  I have had a number of sheets of the Dakota Burl stored in my studio for the past couple of years.  When I pulled out the sheet for this table I discovered that all of the exposed sunflower seeds were gone from every side of every sheet in the stack.  Where the sunflower seeds had been, there were now only empty shells.  Next to each empty shell was a small pile of shavings. It turns out that mice in my studio discovered the sunflower seeds and chewed them out of the surface of the Dakota Burl sheets.  Aside from an amusing anecdote, this has given the material an extra bit of relief on the surface and when stained the rich brown color of this top, it resembles a slab of cork.