Hand Crafted Tables & Lamps
Made In Pennsylvania,USA
These works of art are hand crafted by master artisan John Roemer in his private workshop in Erie, Pennsylvania. Each piece is original but custom orders will be available on request.
John uses some western juniper from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, making these pieces truly unique.
John's rustic furniture is designed to be truly functional. They make a perfect gift for the person who has everything. (Read more below.)
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The unique pieces of wood harvested from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, look like they may have been freshly yanked from the fallen trees of a densely shaded forest. A little tender manipulating, a little ingenuity, a little love, and presto, a piece of furniture is born.
The term “rustic” typically invokes visions of log cabins or distant hunting cabins. Although these unique furniture pieces will fit nicely in these types of locations, the blend of rough cut and finished lumber pieces allows for use in many other decors as well.
These tables are relatively small and will find a place in almost any room of the house;
Den, family room, living room, TV room, bed room, even the kitchen.
Often no rearranging of furniture is even needed as they often “just fit” into existing spaces. Uses include flower stands, picture stands, maybe even a loft for you feline companion. They make great end tables too.
The Juniperus occidentalis shoots are of moderate thickness among junipers, 1-1.6 mm diameter. The leaves are arranged in opposite decussate pairs or whorls of three; the adult leaves are scale-like, 1–2 mm long (to 5 mm on lead shoots) and 1-1.5 mm broad. The juvenile leaves (on young seedlings only) are needle-like, 5–10 mm long. The cones are berry-like, 5–10 mm in diameter, blue-brown with a whitish waxy bloom, and contain one to three seeds; they are mature in about 18 months. The male cones are 2–4 mm long, and shed their pollen in early spring.
Juniperus occidentalis var. australis Sierra Juniper. California and westernmost Nevada, south of 40° 30' N latitude in the Sierra Nevada and San Bernardino Mountains. A medium-sized tree 12–26 m tall with a stout trunk up to 3 m diameter. Cones 5–9 mm diameter. Most plants dioecious, but about 5-10% are monoecious.
Juniperus occidentalis usually occurs on dry, rocky sites where there is less competition from larger species like Ponderosa Pine and Coast Douglas-fir. In very exposed positions at high altitude, they can assume a krummholz habit, growing low to the ground even when mature with a wide trunk (see image at above). Hybrids with Juniperus osteosperma are occasionally found.
Physical and mechanical properties of western juniper have been examined and markets for a wide variety of juniper products have been explored. Examples of products that have been explored include: cement/woodfiber composites, particleboard, hardboard, animal bedding (shavings), fencing, decking, interior doors, paneling, flooring, veneer, furniture, and novelty items.
Researchers at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, have characterized the fiber properties and chemistry of western juniper and summarized the results in the report: Basic Fiber and Chemical Properties of Western Juniper.
Western juniper heartwood is highly durable (similar to redwood and cedars) and has aromatic properties like its close relative eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana). The color of the wood varies from milky white to deep reddish-brown and has large, swirling grain patterns and bands of heartwood mixed with sapwood, similar to eastern redcedar. Tests have shown juniper wood to machine, glue, and finish well. Once dried, juniper wood shrinks and swells less than many other Pacific Northwest species such as Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and western redcedar. Juniper has some unique bending properties. After being soaked in hot water, thin (1/32"-1/16") samples have been tied into intricate knots without splitting.
Juniper wood is slightly more dense than ponderosa pine. The wood is also quite hard for a softwood: about 35% harder than ponderosa pine, but only about ½ as hard as red oak. Juniper is about 70% as stiff as ponderosa pine, and 85% as stiff as incense-cedar, meaning the wood deforms relatively easily under loads. The table below compares some of the mechanical and physical properties of western juniper with other commonly used woods.
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