Kelly Mcerlann and Esther Doorly are an uber creative couple who live in Blackrock Dublin Ireland, not far from the sea and within ear shot of the fog horns. He’s the head honcho at the New Media Technology College in Dublin and she is an actress, acting teacher and script writer. Their motley crew is completed by their four fine sons. So what more appropriate gathering point for this gang and their many blow-ins, than one made from a salvaged Indonesian pirate ship. I like to imagine that the boat lost it sea worthiness in some filibustering battle on the high seas. Most probably Captain one eyed Santoso, fancied something more sporty in fibreglass to go pillaging in, so the old wooden one ended up in the breakers yard.
Here is how Esther recounts it’s origins, “ The table was one of three which had been purchased by a New York based furniture dealer, they were eventually shipped to Ireland after the dealer could not afford to transport them to New York. The dealer here paid the remainder of cost and had 2 * 4.5m tables for sale as well as our 2.5m table.”
It is amazingly heavy as it is make of ironwood. This type of wood is so dense that it is used to make sculptures mallets. You can see the many colours of it’s weather beaten paintwork , the writing (photo below) is either incomprehensible or illegible. This boat’s builders would have been pleased with it’s transformation, the reusing some of the elegant forms that they had cut, and it’s nailless assembly. They’d probably be equally pleased that it’s still populated by a band of adventurous renegades.