GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING
Imagine a deep blue lake perfectly situated among nature’s wildest wood grains that completes the fantasy of a blue isle…
The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the
magnificent slab of
The book-matched table legs have been fabricated from a single plank of American black walnut (Juglans nigra) selected to contrast with and complement the intense color/grain of the upper and lower longitudinal surfaces. The legs have been hand-tapered on the two inner sides 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 overall design depends upon precise hand-chiseled blind mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique) for permanent attachment of all joints throughout. A housed half blind stub-tenon style joint (Japanese kakushi-mechigai-tsugi joinery technique) has been utilized to set the front legs into the tabletop.
A smaller and but no more subdued piece of American bigleaf maple was selected for the lower long spreader to add a bit of flash below the waistline without distracting from the overall design.
The intense blue inset is the result of layers of stained glass placed over
a piece of mirrored glass. The intent is to approximate the artist’s first
impression when viewing into
The table has been hand finished to highlight the natural color and protect the beautiful character of the timbers while giving the piece 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: 38-1/4 inches in width, 9 to 14 inches in depth (top), 31 inches in height