Title: “A Coming Together”
Year work was completed: 2016
Form: Dining Table
Materials: 54 different species and figure of wood from over 20 countries: American Black Walnut plain, mottled, and crotch, American Cherry, Amboynia Burl, Andrioba Crabwood, Aromatic Red Cedar, Ash Burl, Bloodwood, Bocote, Brazilian Cherry, Bubinga plain sliced and mottled, Canarywood, Chakle Viga, Chechen mottled, Cypress, Cocobolo, English Walnut, Goncalo Alves, Kingwood, Koa, Macassar Ebony, Mahogany African and Santo Domingo, Maple Soft and Hard and Bird’s Eye and Tiger; Marblewood, Mescal Bean Sophora, New Guinea Walnut, Olivewood, Osage Orange, Padauk, Pearwood, Pink ivory, Purpleheart, Redheart, Red Mallee burl, Rosewood East Indian Brazilian, and Honduran, Satinwood- Ceylon and Brazilian; Sheoak, Sycamore quartersawn, Teak, Tulipwood, Wenge, Western White Cedar, Vermilion, Zebrawood, and Ziricote.
Construction: Hand cut dovetails in our signature pattern to attach the pedestal frames, lap dovetails to secure the two support stretchers, blind mortise and tenons to secure the medial support, Dados for alignment of the center brace, tongue and groove joints for the skirt cap, and wood screws to secure the top to the trestle stile frame. All the joints were secured with fish glue. The custom cut 1/8th” veneer was cut from “old stock” fragments and small boards which we have collected for over 30 years and were secured with fish glue to a Plyboo substrate, which has been veneered on its underside.
Size: Length 92” x Width 48” x height 29.75”
Philosophy: We designed the dining table to be a very functional piece of art work with its decoration commemorating the Neo-Plasticism Movement and a sub movement arising out of Holland in the 1918 time period known as De Stijl and one of its members, Piet Mondrian, with his recognizable combination of primary colored squares and rectangles, separated by horizontal and vertical lines. The use of the large number of wood species and grain patterns from over 20 counties with different cultures and languages, symbolizes for us, the coming together of the different family members and friends over time to share a common meal in hopes that the table will be a unifying piece of functional art. The negative space flanking the center medial support of each trestle style pedestal accentuates the rectilinear shape of the top and emphasizes the positive and negative aspects of life. The use of “old stock” wood, Plyboo, moderately low VOC coatings and low VOC, and our electricity is supplied via photovoltaic solar panels all follows LEED Platinum, Gold, and Silver Certifications guidelines, Green Practices, and Best Practices. We utilize all of the wood fragments in our work that may lie on a machine or bench top or floor ensuring there is no waste. The woods are placed into bins based on their color and size and are used as an artist places paints on the pallet.
Exhibitions: The dining table will have its inaugural exhibition at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 2016, American Fine Craft Show 2016, AD 20/21 Show Boston Massachusetts 2017, ArtExpo New York City 2017, and Baltimore Fine Craft Show 2017.
Effort: The layout and fabrication of the coffee table/bench required 255 hours to complete and approximately 30 square feet of American Hard Maple and approximately 32 square feet of custom cut 1/8th” thick veneer.
Meaning or Importance of Material: The meaning of the various woods varies within the communities and cultures where the trees grow and are harvested. Many of the exotic woods have been revered for their figured grain and color by furniture makers for hundreds of years. As a few examples, figured maple and American Black Walnut have been used in the production of both urban and rural furniture for nearly 400 years and have been revered for their strength, color, and figure. Walnut has been associated with our ability to use our minds clearly and become focused. It has also been associated with the human breath as well as having been used for the maintenance of health and disease prevention. Maple has been associated with giving of ourselves to others and is considered the tree of offering by Native American cultures. Cedar holds powers of protection, healing, strength, love and peace. Oliver wood is associated with insight, communication, and inspiration. Hawaiian Koa is a sacred wood and represents strength and integrity as well as balance for the masculine and beauty and wisdom for the feminine. The energies of rosewood are primarily feminine and are focused on spiritual and intuitive health and beauty. It is often used to assist one in spiritual healing.