GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING

 

"Adrift Chalanga-Da"

Display Table

Andamanese Chalanga-da with American Black Walnut

The continuation of a very limited series of art pieces that focus on a petite tabletop that appears to be floating above the base…

 

The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the magnificent yet narrow piece of natural-edged padauk (Ptercarpus dalbergioides), known by its native Andamanese Island name as chalanga-da that created the top for this work of art. Chalanga-da is renowned and highly prized for its well-defined open-grained heartwood framed by contrasting lighter colored sapwood accents. Aged heartwood gradually transforms from the bright orange as-sawed color to a beautiful colored wood, showing dark chocolate-brown over a rich crimson background.

 

The entire table base, fabricated from a single plank of American black walnut (Juglans nigra), has been ebonized to complement the tabletop. Though dyed black, the ebonizing technique passed to the artist by his Grandfather (also a cabinet maker/restorer) allows the natural grain and character of the walnut to be revealed.

 

The success of the design depends upon precise hand-chiseled blind mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique) for permanent attachment of the various base components. This construction maximizes the strength and stiffness of the under-frame while balancing the overall design of the piece.

 

The table has been hand finished with a durable oil-varnish to highlight the natural color and protect the beautiful character of the timbers while giving the table a warm feeling to the touch.

 

As with all of his wood art pieces the title of the piece, creation date and artist information has been permanently stamped on the underside of the piece. This piece has been entered in the artist’s permanent registry.

Provenance: This art table was specifically created and has been accepted for exhibition at the 49th Annual Anacortes Arts Festival’s Art at the Port Juried Exhibition (2010).

Dimensions: 29-1/2 inches in width, 13 inches in overall depth (top), 31 inches in height