“I don’t really build traditional things, and I want to keep it that way.” – Charles Lushear
repare to have your minds blown. Someone has figured out how to make a beautiful, handcrafted coffee table that doubles as a functional Wii controller. Yup, you heard that right!
Introducing Charles Lushear of Bohemian Workbench. Some of you may recall hearing about the functional Nintendo controller coffee table from Lushear earlier this year. He’s taken it a step further and really outdone himself by bringing us the first functional Wii controller of its kind. It even includes a Zapper used for menu selection (translation = the “Duck Hunt gun” for us 80’s babies). Hand-carved out of exotic wood, it vibrates and has a speaker just like the original controller.
The masterpiece debuted at the Abbot Kinney Festival a few weeks back, and to say it was the highlight is to put it mildly. It would have been impressive enough to build a basic table that also functioned, but the gorgeous woodwork is clearly crafted by the hands of an artist. The table is made of rich African Bubinga, Quilted Maple, Birdseye Maple, and Mahogany and features mid century modern legs – my absolute favorite. (Don’t worry, I don’t know what most of those are either, but it sure sounds fancy.)
I swooned at first sight and had to meet the brains behind this artful contraption. Turns out he’s as smart and interesting as you’d imagine. Woodworker, musician, classic car aficionado and self-proclaimed Excel geek. To put it in the words of my husband, “He’s basically a really handsome nerd. So unfair.”
Check out some folks having fun on the Nintendo table and an entertaining interview with Mr. Lushear himself. (Video demo of the Wii version coming soon!)