Wooden Wares

As you reach for gourds, pumpkins and mums for tablescapes, why not incorporate some wood? There are woodworkers in the area who produce all you need for your table to wow your guests at Thanksgiving and long after.

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Pinecones, fruits and gourds go glam when paired with locally made one-of-a-kind wooden table accents.


“Mayan Vessel” Wood Sculpture

Artist: Salvador Ceniceros, M.D.

Price: $325

How to get it: Buy directly from him via email salceniceros@gmail.com or on his Instagram account @scenice.

How to use it: Use it as a centerpiece or as a vase for dried or real flowers, just don’t fill it with any water. If using real flowers, add them at the last minute so they don’t wilt.

Why we love it: It is made of walnut: the light colored portion is the pith wood and the dark portion is the heart wood. The ring around the center is hammered copper with silver wire. Aside from making a gorgeous piece, there’s a great story behind the artist. Ceniceros is a physiatrist who obtained a B.F.A. in photography and print making. He worked as an artist and then decided to go to medical school. His work is displayed in galleries in Chicago.  Ceniceros does not consider what he does with wood woodworking, but rather refers to them as sculptures. He taught himself how to turn wood by watching YouTube videos.


Ash Bowl

Artist: Carl Huser

Price: $125

How to get it: Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut St., Springfield.

How to use it: Fill this 15-inch bowl with fruit or use it to serve salad. The finish is food-safe, but wipe it clean with paper towels; do not wash it.

Why we love it: The gorgeous distinctive grain pattern won us over and is perfect for fall decor. We also love the fact that Huser uses only salvaged wood in his work and never cuts a tree down for the purpose of turning it. A retired professor at Southwest Baptist University, he utilizes native Missouri woods. If you have a downed tree, he will usually take the wood and in trade turn a piece for your family. Huser has a variety of smaller bowls perfect for serving pecans or candy for the holidays.


Spalted Maple Platter

Artist: Ernest Lorenc, M.D.

Price: $249

How to get it: Waverly House Gifts & Gallery, 2031 S. Waverly Ave., 417-882-3445.

How to use it: Transform this into a Thanksgiving Day table centerpiece by placing a large battery operated candle in the middle and surround it with gourds, leaves and miniature pumpkins. It can also serve as a fruit platter.

Why we love it: Spalted wood is sought after by many wood turners because it has been attacked by a fungus which changes the color of the wood and leaves behind different patterns. A retired dermatologist, Lorenc has been wood turning since 1980 when he made rolling pins for all the women in his family, and now the hobby is his passion. This platter can double for a Christmas centerpiece, just switch the gourds out for ornaments, pine cones or greenery. When the holidays are over, showcase this piece on a plate stand to decorate your home throughout the year.

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