Wenge Chart Table
A recent commission was for Stones in Salcombe. Along with the boat yard they also import specialised woods for the marine industry, in particular the prestigious classic & super yachts across North America and Europe. Tristan Stone & I combined forces to create a 3D chart table© of Salcombe , the 3D chart was an archive chart of Salcombe and its various inlets. Tristan used Wenge wood for the table which complimented the 3D chart and was set off by the surround lighting.
Wenge is a member of the great tree producing family, Leguminosae and comes from Africa, it has a gorgeous deep almost black colour, I can only describe it as stunning.
The chart within the table is of Salcombe Harbour. I used a B&W chart from the 1950′s. A beautiful area and equally a beautiful chart. At the entrance to the harbour you have Bolt Head to the west and Prawle to the east. the outer entrance is called the Range. The entrance to the Salcombe estuary has a sand bar which is virtually impassable at low water except for a a very narrow section to the west, I would say impossible in bad weather. The estuary is made up of several creeks that add to the character of the area. The South Sands and North sands bay s are nestled between Moult Pt . The leading lights at Sandhill Pt guide mariners in over the bar into the main channel that leads up past Salcombe Town. The Batson Creek & Southpool creek lead off from the main channel at Snapes & Scoble Points. The next section has unusual names for features like “The Bag” , “Mable Shoal” & “Dentridge” . Now the harbour broadens out into what can be best described as a basin where you have several creeks leading off, they include Blanksmill creek, Collapil creek, Frogmore creek, Balcombe creek and finally Kingsbridge which is at the head of the Salcombe estuary. The 3D chart is built into the table and has surround lighting that shows up the various features , at night the table “glows” !…it is simply stunning . Tristan Stone used his shipwright skills to make what can only be described as an exquisite table, the dark wedge wood was finished to the highest standard, attention to detail was second to none. The 3D chart table™ design belongs to me and licenced to Tristan for use it for his table.