Jim Chmelik of Cottonwood fashioned the table top out of quarter sawn white oak with inlays of quarter sawn sycamore. Chmelik said the sycamore is a reference to Zacchaeus, a biblical character who climbed a sycamore tree to view Jesus as he passed. There are 10 inlays, representing one for each commandment in the Bible.
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For those who have a faith strongly rooted in religious studies, there are times when the hand of providence can be felt or seen. Jim Chmelik believes this couldn’t be more physically evident than in a wood table sitting in his Cottonwood shop.
December 28, 2016 6 a.m. read more..