My name is Tony Anadio and though my main job is History Professor at Empire State College, I've been an artist, woodworker, and metalworker nearly my whole life. I have built countless things over the years, but this is the first time I have ever offered anything for sale. These days, I concentrate on building furniture and solid-body electric guitars.
The wood on this coffee table is Black Limba (tabletop, apron, and short stretchers) and ebonized Maple (legs and long stretcher).
In the 1950s, the Gibson guitar company trademarked the name “Korina” for Black Limba as well as White Limba, and used this wood on many of their guitars. Grown mostly in Western Africa, Limba is commonly used for musical instruments, veneers, and turnings. The particular pieces of Limba on this table are offcuts from five guitars I am currently building, which will be finished this year. I suppose if one of them ends up in the hands of a famous musician, you could invite them to your home for a wood reunion.
The Maple came from New York (my home state). The legs and long stretcher have a carved texture made with a round carbide burr and are ebonized. Ebonizing Maple is a process that involves dissolving steel wool in vinegar, coating the wood with a solution of tannic acid, then coating the wood with vinegar solution. It might look like black paint, but the process chemically transforms the surface of the wood to achieve that color. A couple of centuries ago, it was possible to get real Ebony as black as this. Sadly, no more.
The table dimensions are (in inches) 17 1/8 x 40 1/4 x 19, and weighs about 26 lbs.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or to arrange purchase and shipping (if you live near the Capital District in Albany, NY, I might be able to deliver). Thanks for looking and please check out my other listings!


$500 (plus shipping)

  • Geoffrey Britain
    March 25, 2021 at 3:56 am

    Too much for my fixed income but very nice work.

    • renman
      March 26, 2021 at 1:38 am

      Believe it or not, it would be too expensive for me to buy as well, but I sincerely thank you for your kind words. Take care!

  • Brian Harriman
    March 25, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Stunning. Absolutely love the metalwork.

    • renman
      March 26, 2021 at 1:40 am

      Thanks very much for your nice comments – I really appreciate them. All my best to you!

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