Tale of the Tubac Table


Another very busy week! WHEW!  As we continue to get grounded in our new location the days are full and the skies are most often clear blue.  This past week I tried my hand at fused glass art.  Some practice pieces are out of the kiln but nothing to brag about yet.  We made our final furniture delivery to the Dove Mountain project.  The photography is scheduled for next week. On Saturday I found the ONLY wholesale florist in Tucson so I could throw together two flower arrangements for a friend’s 90th birthday. The true highlight of the week was the arrival of our custom-made dining table.  So here is the tale…

While visiting last July, prior to our relocation to Tucson, Paul and I decided to take a ride to a much talked about small village 50 miles south, Tubac Village.  (Go here for more information on Tubac Village)

Art and history are the backbones of the small village in southern Arizona. Truly a place to visit and stroll through the streets, visit the shops and eat at a side walk cafe.

Needless to say we were fairly naive about traveling further south into the desert in the middle of summer. Once we arrived at the village we realized the “error in our ways”.  Because of the extreme heat of the summer afternoons many of the shops close for the summer.  (Lesson learned)  None the less we found plenty to do with many interesting and unique shops and galleries open.  Here is where the story begins…

At the time we visited Tubac I was in the process of the final sorting of what to move from our Lake Gaston home.  We had a very contemporary Scandinavian dining table with a hidden leaf which I loved.  To bring or not to bring to Tucson was the question?  Many of the furnishings for the Southwest are heavy and dark and do not suit me at all.  Bridging the gap between my transitional/contemporary taste to a more regional look was a real challenge.  We browsed at many galleries and shops just exploring.  We found this console table in Tubac Territory Furniture and the concept of blending styles began to develop. Because both of us fell in love with the unique wood craftsmanship of the Dennis Kaufman furniture pieces we placed an order for a hand-made table like this console from Juniper wood, finished natural.  Rarely are we that impulsive but this seems to be all part of the new adventure.

Hand-crafted console Table at Tubac Territory Furniture. This was the inspiration for the dining table.

Hand-crafted console table by Dennis Kaufman at Tubac Territory Furniture. This was the inspiration for the dining table.

I was concerned after we placed the order that it was too far a departure from the furniture we were accustom to.  Would it be too bulky or look too heavy???  Because this piece is custom and the wood and finish need time to cure it took about 12 weeks to be completed.  I was a little impatient around the six weeks point but finally resolved myself to the wait.  Now I know how my clients feel when I inform them of a long lead time. 🙁

Last Friday the table was delivered and it far exceeded my expectation.  It fit the space perfectly!  The wood, the workmanship and style really work.   I had ordered the two china hutches and woven chairs last August at the Las Vegas market and they are perfect compliments.  I love it when a design plan comes together!

Here is our new table in its new home! What a beauty!

Here is our new table in its new home! What a beauty!


A close up of the interesting base with lots of knurls and twists without being too heavy.

A close up of the interesting base with lots of knurls and twists without being too heavy.


Live edge Juniper table top with book-matched joinery. I don’t ever want to cover it with placemats!

With the arrival of the table we are just about finished up with the interior design of our new home.  It is extremely different but certainly “all me” with lots of color, texture and eclecticism.  We used almost all the art from the lake house so it really is starting to feel like home.  I will give you a virtual tour when I finish a few more touches.

How do you feel about the table?  Do you think I went too overboard with this one?

More and more of you are sending comments about the blogs.  It is so exciting to read your comments.  Keep them coming!


Mary Sherwood Lifestyles




  1. Mary says:

    Thanks, MaryAnn. Yes Tubac is still very quaint. Probably a little more “touristy” than when you were there. Good to hear from you. Take care!

  2. MaryAnn Whittemore says:

    Dear Mary and Paul. I have been to Tubac City, in fact have a couple of black and white sketches of a couple places there. I did go in the shops that you had pictured, not much has changes in the past 20 years since I was there! Yes, I love the table and recognize the woodcraftery[I guess that is what you would call it] from the area. Love, MaryAnn

  3. Mary says:

    Thanks Nancy! We are definitely exploring new possibilities.

  4. Nancy says:

    Mary, The table is beautiful. The craftsmanship is hard to find. So glad you were able to explore your new area and find things you enjoy.

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks, Lori! You are such a great supporter, friend and client! Can’t wait for you to dine at the new table!

  6. lori weber says:

    This table is fabulous and is evidence that you are an excellent designer. It’s hard to move from the East to the West and adapt to the design elements of the area. You have mastered it in such a short time.

  7. Mary says:

    Thanks, Betty! Wish I could show all my Lake Gaston friends our new space! Loved your comment!

  8. Mary says:

    Hi Gretchen-that is exactly what drew me to this piece. It is artistic, functional and gorgeous! So good to hear from you!

  9. Mary says:

    WOW I must have chosen well if Ted likes it!!! Thanks!

  10. Mary says:

    Thanks, Yvonne! Can’t wait for you to see the additions on your next visit!

  11. Mary says:

    Hi Nancy- I understand your concern about the table. Right now I am so pleased with it. I used a low back, woven fiber chair with a comfy down cushion for a compliment to the table. You can see a glimpse of it in the room shot.
    Thanks for your comment.

  12. Mary says:

    Thanks, Kim! I went a little out on the limb for this one but no regrets! Thanks for the comment!

  13. Mary says:

    Hi Marie-thanks for your continued comments. Love hearing from you. Congratulations to Adam in the world competition. I am glad he didn’t do too much damage to the healing leg. I know you are proud!

  14. Mary says:

    Hi Nancy- Glad you like my choice. I love it! Thanks for your comment.

  15. Nancy Nicholson says:

    Hi Mary and Paul,
    What a gorgeous table. Mike and I love the veining in the wood which is why our kitchen cabinets are the hard rock canadian maple. Your table is just beautiful and exemplifies the true feeling of the raw beauty of the woods of the west.Enjoy for many years to come!

  16. Marie says:

    Love the table–it looks perfect from the pics you showed!

  17. Kim benton says:

    Absolutely LOVE that table! Gorgeous!

  18. Nancy Work says:

    Well…..the table is beautiful and probably perfect for you! But, honestly, I think after a while I might get a bit tired of it. What kind of chairs are you using? I have a niece who has a piece like similar to this and a lot smaller….she is using it as a table between her sofa and a chair…it has a glass top. They picked theirs up out West also. I think it blends well and not to overbearing. But….it is your home and it must suit you and your husband! Enjoy!

  19. Yvonne says:

    It really looks great and fits the space nicely. I think your new home looks great.

  20. Louann Hughes says:

    Beautiful table–even Ted loves it!

  21. Gretchen Stephens says:

    Wow, what a beautiful work of art.

  22. Bettie Pasco says:

    Gorgeous! Love everything about your furnishings Mary! So happy for you!

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