GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING

 

"Cherry Swirls"

Petite Taper-Legged Display Table

Salvaged Bing Cherry with Appalachian Black Cherry and Hawaiian Koa

Once in a great while among all of the pieces of timber available, a single unique piece stands out. The marvelous complex grain pattern, color, and shape of the slab that forms the top of this table stands out because of the vivid swirls...

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 top, the true character of the timber manifested itself. A bit of natural checking has enhanced the intense grain character of the tabletop. Rare pieces of Hawaiian fiddle-backed koa (Acacia koa) timber have been utilized for the numerous butterfly keys that stabilize areas that could otherwise further crack or split. Hawaiian koa, and more specifically the particular piece of koa used, was chosen to provide a bit of contrast with the cherry.

The legs and skirt have been fashioned from highly figured black cherry (Prunus serotina). Each piece of timber has been carefully selected to compliment the overall design as well as the unique character of the tabletop. The book-matched black cherry 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 black cherry skirt has been cut from a single massive block. The skirt has been attached to the tabletop via a proprietary technique that firmly holds the top in place yet accommodates the seasonal expansion of the timber without unsightly screws, clips or brackets typically used.

The table has been hand finished 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: 25-3/4 inches in width, 11-3/4 inches in depth (maximum); 31 inches in height