GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING

 

"Nature's Way"

Hall Table

Claro Black Walnut with American Black Walnut

Occasionally special pieces of rare timbers are so unique that they exhibit spectacular character; the magic and way of nature…

 

The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the magnificent piece of Claro black walnut (Juglans hindsii) that created the top for this work of art. Discovered during English Botanist Richard B. Hinds’ 1836-1842 around-the-world voyage, was a new species of black walnut trees growing in southern Oregon and northern California. Claro black walnut is highly prized due to the wide range of vivid colors exhibited within the timber. A very unusual piece of a natural-edged Claro black walnut log was used to create the top surface of the hall table. Numerous long-dead borers and naturally occurring checks provide a hint of insight into the long history of the tree.

 

The legs and short spreaders have been crafted from American black walnut (Juglans nigra) that has been ebonized to complement the tabletop. Though dyed black, the ebonizing technique passed to the artist by his Grandfather (also a cabinet maker/restorer) allows the natural grain and character of the timber to be revealed. Finally, to balance the design as well as compliment the other timbers, a wildly curvaceous piece of Claro walnut timber has been utilized for the lower long spreader.

 

Hand–cut blind mortise-and-tenon joints have been used throughout to add strength and stability to the table. Wedges have been inserted into the rear-leg tenons prior to driving these into their respective mortises (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique with two hidden wedges per leg) thus locking the legs into the top plank.

 

The piece has been hand finished with teak oil 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:                                                                          55-1/2 inches in width

                                                                                            12 inches in depth (maximum – base)

                                                                                            5-1/4 to 9-3/4 inches in depth (top)

                                                                                            30 inches in height

Dimensions: 55-1/2 inches in width, 12 inches in depth (maximum – base), 5-1/4 to 9-3/4 inches in depth (top), 30 inches in height