GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING
"Maple Delight Maple"
American Bigleaf Maple with American Black Walnut and Hawaiian Koa
To the delight of the artist, the extremely wild and magnificent, yet whimsical nature of the grain reveals itself so powerfully as to drive not only the design of the artistic piece before you but also the name…
The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the magnificent natural-edged hunk of highly figured burled American bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) that was utilized to create the tabletop. 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 fiddle-back (aka ‘tigered’) grain; a lovely, well-defined sap-to-heartwood transition; exceptional chatoyance (opalescence reminiscent of looking into a cat’s eyes); and intense, randomly spaced, dark-streaked spalting that stands as a testimony of the tree’s long life.
The book-matched set of table legs and short spreaders has been fabricated from a single plank of American black walnut (Juglans nigra). The legs have been hand-tapered on the two inner sides to compliment the fine lines of the table while adding a feeling that the table is balancing on its toes.
The lower long-spreader has been fashioned from a rare piece of Hawaiian fiddle-backed koa (Acacia koa). Each piece of timber has been carefully selected to compliment the overall design as well as the unique character of the tabletop.
The success of the design depends upon precise joinery for attachment of the various pieces to form a sturdy piece that will stand the test of time. Traditional hand-cut blind mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique) have been used for permanent attachment of the legs and spreaders.
The table has been given a durable matte finish 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 table. This piece has been entered in the artist’s permanent registry.
Provenance: Exhibited at the 10th Annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza @ WICA" Exhibition
Dimensions: 30 inches in width, 12-1/4 inches in depth (overall), 30 inches in height