The clients for this piece visited my shop to select the top board for six samples I had assembled for this coffee table in their home in Minneapolis. In assembling the piece I marveled at the engineering inspiration George Nakashima used in his initial designs for this type of construction - a single slab base at one end connected to a little more than a stick support at the other. It does not seem like it should be stable. But it is. There are real limitations to this type of construction - the size and weight of the top relative to the base - and in this case I probably pushed those limits to the edge. In sculpting the top I kept as much of the yellow sap wood along the sides as possible and freelanced one of the end shapes to maintain a natural edge look all the way round.