Made in a single morning on a beach in Cornwall, this remarkable table was cast from molten metal in the sand by Max Lamb. The geometric pattern was achieved from a negative mould that Lamb had carved into the sand, using little more than a kitchen knife and a straight edge. A 6 hour period was required for this painstaking sand sculpture, and so the date of the casting had to be carefully matched with the tides.
The desk was cast in pewter, an ancient alloy composed of 92% tin, 6% antinomy and 2% copper. The decision to use pewter was no doubt at least partially based on its remarkably low melting point of just 200°C, and thus the group were able to melt it down on the beach in 30 stainless steel saucepans over simple gas camping stoves.
180kg of pewter was required for the desk and Max Lamb was helped by students from the Falmouth University 3D Design department in this tightly timed task. The pans of molten pewter has to be poured in quick succession in order to create a single mass of metal.
The natural texture of the sand appears on the legs and underside, whilst the smooth seemingly molten surface of the pewter remains on the top surface of the desk.Max Lamb
It took just over an hour for the molten pewter to cool, after which time the desk could be dug out and lifted from the sand, and washed with the nearby seawater. While the geometric pattern of the triangular tabletop is very intricate, the desk bears all the hallmarks of a truly handmade piece with its minor imperfections.
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