This woodworker makes river tables using things found in nature

  • Brodie Gosselin is a woodworker based in Canada.
  • He began to use epoxy to fill voids in wood but wanted to get creative.
  • Now he combines epoxy and things like leaves and pebbles to create pieces that look like they came straight from the outdoors.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: These river tables are inspired by nature.

They’re made by Brodie Gosselin in Canada.

Brodie first started using epoxy to fill voids in wood, but he wanted to get more creative.

Brodie Gosselin: I started seeing it a lot on social media and really looking at what people were doing, and I wanted to start doing something that was more original with it. So I hadn’t seen somebody do anything with the leaves, which was a big thing for me. I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, so I finally got to doing it this year, and it was a big hit.

First, he builds a mould to fit the piece of wood.

He uses a variety of maple, black walnut, and reclaimed barn wood.

Brodie Gosselin: We’re recycling wood here. We’re using pieces of wood that would otherwise go through a chipper, and we’re actually giving them a second life.

Then, he adds in the natural elements.

Brodie Gosselin: You’re not just limited to pebbles or leaves like I’ve done here. Your options are limitless. You can put anything and everything.

Next, he pours the epoxy.

The pieces come in a clear or matte finish.

Brodie Gosselin: A piece like this is topcoated with an epoxy topcoat, which clears it right up as you can see, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, but you can also go the route by sanding and finishing with a natural oil and get more of a matte look to a piece like this, which actually reminds me a lot of leaves being frozen under ice, so it’s a really cool look.

His work becomes coffee tables, wall art, charcuterie boards, and centerpieces.

The time it takes to make a piece can vary.

It depends on the size, complexity, and customisation.

The more epoxy used for a piece, the higher the price.

Brodie Gosselin: I do do this full time, and I absolutely love my job. There’s not a day I wake up and I’m not happy coming to work because how could you not be?

You can find his pieces on his social media pages.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in April 2019.

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