GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING

 

 

"Tiers of Joy"

Hall Table

Salvaged American Bigleaf Maple with African Mahogany

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 maple burled slab that forms the tiered top of this table stands out because it exudes a joyous spiritů

The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the magnificent hunk of burled American bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) that was utilized to create this special work of art. Note how wonderfully the wild natural edges of the burl balances the intensely-grained top surface. From the moment that the artists laid eyes on this piece of timber, the not-so-subtle musings of nature literally begged for a transformation from rough timber into an artistic table. The result stands before you as unrivaled beauty.

The book-matched table legs and spreaders have been fabricated from a single plank of African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) that has been selected to contrast with and complement the intense color/grain of the upper longitudinal surfaces. Sapele is renowned and highly prized for its well-defined ribbon striped dark reddish-brown heartwood. The legs have been hand-tapered on their two inner surfaces 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 the strength and stability of precise hand-chiseled mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique) for permanent attachment of all frame pieces to create a table that will last for generations.

A smaller and but no more subdued piece of maple burl was selected for the petite tiered shelf to add a bit of flash without distracting from the overall design.

The table has been hand finished with a durable combination of lacquer and oil varnish to highlight the naturally contrasting range of colors and protect the beautiful patina 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: 48-3/4 inches in width, 12 inches in depth (overall), 5 to 10-1/4 inches in depth (top), 33-1/4 inches in height (overall)