GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING
American Bigleaf Maple with African Mahogany
The beautiful light-colored tabletop appears to be floating above the dark base of this special piece of art…
The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the magnificent plank of highly figured American bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum). Though rough and raw the timber showed just a teasing hint of the special character that lay underneath the ragged exterior - a marvelous and engaging curvaceous grain pattern throughout; superb fiddle-back (also known as ‘tigered’) cross-grain; and exceptional chatoyance (opalescence reminiscent of looking into a cat’s eyes).
The entire table base has been fabricated from a single plank of African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) selected to contrast with and complement the intense color/grain of the upper and lower longitudinal surfaces. The legs have been hand-tapered to harmonize with the fine lines of the table while adding a feeling that the table is balancing on its toes. The success of the design depends upon precise hand-chiseled blind double-wedged (two hidden wedges per leg) mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique) for permanent attachment of all pieces to create a table that will last for generations.
The table has been hand finished with a durable teak oil 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: 37-5/8 inches in width, 10-5/8 inches in depth, 31 inches in height