For Immediate Release
Contact: Evan Keefer
Monday, May 4, 2004
Summit Table Nearly Complete
Local Doctor Almost Finished with Historic Table
Savannah - Last week G8 Summit table maker, Dr. Carl Dohn,
began work on the final portion of the large roundtable that
leaders will use during the Sea Island Summit on June 8-10.
Dr. Dohn expects to have the table finished by mid-May.
Dr. Dohn, an obstetrician and master woodworker, has already
put more than 400 hours of labor into the table, during spare
time from his full-time medical practice. Dohn is creating
the table from an original design, which includes a center
base carved to look like the trunk and roots of a tree, topped
by a large roundtable.
"Working on an original design like this is a little
like taking an anatomy class and then going into a surgery
with no supervising physician," said Dohn, explaining
the painstaking care that goes into creating a brand new piece
of furniture of such a large size and scope."
Dr. Dohn has been constructing the table since receiving the
lumber in early February. The wood, collected and donated
by Bill Jones III, CEO of the Sea Island Company, was culled
from antique heart pine beams that once supported a textile
mill in South Carolina.
The table's round top is 15 feet in diameter and 3 inches
thick, and is composed of one central part surrounded by 5
detachable pieces that can be used as separate credenzas after
Once completed, the G8 Summit table will be transported to
Sea Island in preparation for the leaders' meetings. Weighing
approximately one ton, the table will provide a spacious setting,
allowing 60 inches between each of the eight world leaders,
who will have equal sitting at the roundtable.
The Sea Island Summit will be held on June 8-10.
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