Title:  Spiritual Freedom

Year work was completed: 2016

Form: Coffee Table

Materials: Black Diamond by Richlite, which is made from 100% FSA Certified recycled paper and "old stock" Blue Tiger Eye semi-precious stone mind in South Africa in the early 1970’s from panels that have been in storage since 1974.

Construction:  Laminated Richlite Black Diamond legs with tenons into the top. The skirt is laminated to the top and tenoned into the legs.

Size:  Length 60” x Width 24” x height 20”

Philosophy: We designed the coffee table to be a functional piece of artwork where the deep black of the Black Diamond Richlite would accentuated the vibrant iridescent blue hues of the blue tiger eye stones that have been inset into mortises in an “Abstract Expressionism” influenced design.  The use of low and moderately low VOC coating and adhesives, FSA certified recycled paper in the production of Richlite’s Black Diamond panels, the recycled Blue Tiger Eye, and our electric is provided by photovoltaic cell panels are considered to follow Leed Platinum Certification Guidelines as well as Green Practices, and Best Practices.

Exhibitions: The coffee table will have its public depute at the Boston Spring Craft Show in April 2016, Western Design Conference in 2016, The American Fine Craft Show Washington DC in 2016, the ArtExpo Show in New York, 2017, Baltimore Fine Craft Show 2017.

Effort: The layout and fabrication of the coffee table required 140 hours to complete and approximately 30 square feet of Richlite and nearly 3 square feet of blue tiger eye stone. By todays cost for this quality of gemstone, there is over $3,000.00 in value of the Blue Tiger Eye stones used in this table.

Meaning or Importance of Material: The following information is from Robert Harton: Tiger eye which is also known as Hawk's Eye, enhances integrity of communication and practical communication. It can help find courage to recognize thoughts and ideas, and the willpower to carry them into the physical realm. It is also a stone of intuition and insight.  Blue tiger eye can be used for protection, especially of the upper chakras. It is also said to bring good luck to one who wears or carries it. Blue tiger eye is associated with the throat and third eye chakras.

The following information is from Healing Crystals: Blue Tiger Eye (also called Hawk’s Eye, Tiger's Eye, Tiger eye) is a very soothing stone as it aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety. Shimmery Blue Tiger Eye can illuminate issues that may have been difficult to see otherwise. Blue Tiger Eye helps to open, clear and align the mid to higher range chakras, which will assist in speaking with clarity and acting from a place of integrity.

Blue Tiger Eye works extremely well with the Throat and Third Eye chakras, providing insight into internal conflicts and emotional or mental issues. Blue Tiger Eye brings a "go with the flow" attitude, aiding in relief from fears, phobias and hot tempers. Use Blue Tiger Eye to balance the male/female, Yin/Yang energies. Use Blue Tiger Eye to increase all forms of psychic abilities, especially clairvoyance, astral travel and remote viewing. Like all Tiger Eye, Blue Tiger Eye can be used in prosperity rituals around a candle, or in manifestation grids.

If you are nervous about giving a presentation or speaking in public, keeping a piece of Tumbled Blue Tiger Eye in your pocket can help relax your Throat Chakra, clear any blockages, and form a strong connection with the Third-Eye Chakra, allowing for easier access to the intuition. Because of its association with the Hawk, Blue Tiger Eye is especially helpful to ease one’s fear of flying. It enables one to expand their horizons, often leading to better opportunities.

Physically, Blue Tiger Eye encourages emotional balance, aids in fatigue and depression, and heals on a metabolic level. It can also alleviate eye problems that deal with the inability to focus.