Nautilus Table: 4,000 Strips of Sycamore Veneer
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The request that resulted in the sycamore veneer Nautilus table was very open, says furniture designer and builder, Marc Fish. The client wanted "a large statement piece, with maybe a hint of the sea - its location being a large loft style apartment overlooking the English Channel." 

Fish is one of the wood world's eminent makers and designers, working from his Robinson House Studio on Newhaven, in England. 


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For the featured project, he was inspired by a nautilus shell - wondering what it might look like inside - and Fish soon found out. He designed the Nautilus table based on the shell's interior structure.  Another seashore inspiration was the Mollusk table. 

A regular commentator, Fish writes for Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine, and readily shares his works in social media. He also started teaching, after identifying a need for high quality cabinet making education. Classes range from weekend "tasters" to two-year programs. 
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Having followed the traditional apprenticeship route when he was training, Fish has avoided large class numbers, and lack of personal attention that goes with traditional technical trade education. For this reason he personally trains only small groups of furniture making students. Visiting lecturers include Richard Williams of Richard Williams Furniture, also a winner of the Claxton Stevens Award, Rod Wales of Wales and Wales and Charlie Whinney, steam bending guru of Charlie Whinney Associates.
He has been awarded four times by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, a U.K. furniture making association, and in 2011 he was awarded the Claxton Stevens Award for the best guild mark.
 "An open brief from the client is every maker's dream - room to explore, experiment and innovate. A new technique was developed to turn 4000 pieces of veneer strips into a 10 mm thick logarithmic spiral."[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"81111","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.