GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING

 

"Whidbey Wild"

Hall Table

Salvaged American Bigleaf Maple with American Black Walnut

The absolutely stunning top plank of this very unique piece of art exhibits nature’s ability to magically mix a wide variety of figured grain patterns and complexity…

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) from Whidbey Island that was utilized to create the tabletop. Though warped and twisted the timber showed just a teasing hint of the special character that lay underneath the ragged exterior - a marvelous combination of burls, wavy vertical grain, randomly spaced cross-grain tigering and dark-streaked spalting that stand as a testimony of the tree’s long life.

The book-matched table legs have been fabricated from a single plank of American black walnut (Juglans nigra) selected to contrast with and complement the intense color/grain of the upper and lower longitudinal surfaces. The success of the design depends upon precise hand-chiseled double-wedged (two maple wedges per leg) mortise-and-tenon joints (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique) for permanent attachment of the legs to the upper slab. Blind mortise-and-tenon joints have also been utilized to permanently attach the short and long spreaders to the legs.

A smaller and but no more subdued piece of American bigleaf maple was selected for the lower shelf to add a bit of flash below the waistline without distracting from the overall design.

The table has been hand finished with a durable oil-varnish to highlight the natural color and protect the beautiful character of the maple and black walnut 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.

Dimensions: 42-5/8 inches in width, 9-1/4 to 15-1/2 inches in depth (top), 30 inches in height