GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING
African Sapele with American Black Walnut
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art that emphasizes the underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered. Things that resonate with the spirit of their makers’ hands and hearts…
The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the magnificent yet narrow piece of African sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum) that created the top for this work of art. Sapele is renowned and highly prized for its well-defined ribbon striped dark reddish-brown heartwood punctuated with hints of coppery overtones with just enough chatoyance (opalescence reminiscent of looking into a cat’s eyes) to add interest.
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.
Dimensions: 30 inches in width, 13 inches in overall depth (nominal top), 31 inches in height