GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING
"Chair with a Flare"
The chair before you has flare! As you view it decide for yourself whether the ‘flare’ reflects the shape of the chair’s seat, the uniqueness of the design, or a whimsical combination of both …
The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the
magnificent piece of rare, natural-edged, borer-damaged
To compliment the ironwood chair back, a piece of highly figured Claro black
walnut (Juglans boliviana) was used
to create the artistic yet functional hand-sculpted seat. Discovered during
English Botanist Richard B. Hinds’ 1836-1842 around-the-world voyage, was
a new species of black walnut trees growing in southern
Hand-turned, ebonized African bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei) has been used to fashion the whimsical, descending cone-shaped legs. Though dyed black, the ebonizing technique passed to the artist by his Grandfather (also a cabinet maker/restorer) allows the natural grain of the bubinga to be revealed. Lacking lower support members, the success of the chair’s design depends upon precise hand-fit blind mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique) for attachment of the legs to the seat slab.
The chair has been hand finished to highlight the natural color and protect the beautiful character of the dark timbers while giving the chair 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.
Dimensions: 22 inches wide, 21-1/2 inches in overall depth, 39-3/4 inches in height