GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING

 

"Blue Beginnings"

Taper-Legged Display Table

Salvaged Bing Cherry with Appalachian Black Cherry and Stained Glass

After making a hidden, protective nest within the crotch of a magnificent cherry tree a robin lays four blue eggs – the beginning of another generation…

The Bing cherry (Prunus serotina) tabletop slab originally was salvaged from an old fruit orchard located on the east side of Lake Washington. Subsequently the slab traveled to Whidbey Island with the owner's relocation near Coupeville. Years passed as the slab collected dust with others from the same orchard. The artist acquired the slab with no specific design in mind. More time passed, then finally the imagination of the artist was receptive to the subtle musings of nature as expressed by the slab. The result stands before you as unrivaled beauty.

As the timber was hand worked to fashion the tabletop the branch, leaves and robin’s nest replete with blue eggs was fashioned from numerous pieces of stained glass. Finally, a dust shield was fashioned from a single piece of clear glass.

The book-matched legs have been fashioned from highly figured black cherry (Prunus serotina) carefully selected to compliment the overall design as well as the unique character of the tabletop. The legs have been hand-tapered to compliment the fine curved lines of the table while adding a feeling that the table is standing up on its toes a bit. The success of the design depends upon precise hand-chiseled double-wedged through mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese wari-kusabi joinery technique) for permanent attachment of the legs.

The table has been hand finished with teak oil to highlight the natural color and protect the beautiful character of the cherry timbers while giving the table a warm feeling to the touch. Properly aged, crafted and finished cherry timber rivals any other wood in the world for its stability, durability, pattern and deep patina that will develop over time. This character will intensify over time, as cherry tends to darken and the grain gains more depth as it ages.

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 (max), 9-1/2 to 15-1/2 inches in depth, 30-3/4 inches in height