GARY A. LEAKE WOODWORKING
American Bigleaf Maple with Claro Black Walnut
The pure simplicity of this piece of wood art is intended to complement absolutely stunning grain so prevalent throughout with the art of ikebana (the disciplined Japanese art form of flower arrangement in which nature and humanity are brought together) intended to be displayed on the table...
The basis for this piece of wood art began with the discovery of the magnificent hunk of intensely folded curl-grained (also known as tigered or fiddle-backed) American bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) that was utilized to create the top of this work of art. Balancing the parallel pattern of the grain is just enough chatoyance (opalescence reminiscent of looking into a cat’s eyes) to add yet another element of interest.
The single leg has been hand-turned from a piece of tiger-grained Claro black walnut (Juglans hindsii). Claro black walnut is highly prized due to the wide range of vivid colors exhibited within the timber. The graceful Shaker-style taper of the leg has been chosen to highlight the graceful curved lines of the tabletop.
A turned blind-wedged mortise-and-tenon joint (Japanese jigoku-kusabi joinery technique with three hidden wedges) has been used to permanently join the leg to the tabletop while adding strength and stability to the table. Note that the table is securely attached to the wall via a long French-cleat – installation will be required.
The table has been hand finished with a durable combination of oil-varnish and polyurethane 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 have been permanently stamped on the underside of the piece. This piece has been entered in the artist’s permanent registry.
Dimensions: 34 inches in width, 2-1/2 to 9-3/4 inches in depth (top), 30 inches in height