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This piece was designed from the ground up to act as a stand for an antique Chinese black lacquer chest. The piece is made from solid white oak. The aprons and legs feature striking geometric shapes, and the aprons are inlaid with walnut following their geometry. The oak is ebonized by reacting tannins with iron oxide in solution, and the piece is finished with a polymerized oil and wax blend.
This custom stool is made from an oval of spalted maple resting on hard maple legs and stretcher. The design is inspired by Japanese woodwork, and helps the wood speak by maintaining a clean but impeccably crafted appearance. The spalted maple is stabilized with epoxy, then finished with many coats of polyurethane to harden the punky wood. The stretcher is joined to the legs with through mortise and tenon joinery, and the legs are joined to the seat with dowel tenons.
This cherry box features some nice lightly figured wood on the walls and lid, and a book matched bottom panel. It is constructed with splined miter joinery, and splines are made from walnut and wenge wood. They provide a very strong dark contrast against the medium-beige of the cherry. The piece is finished a polymerized oil and wax blend.
This custom slab table and bench were made for a customer in New York. It is made from hackberry. Typically very yellow, the wood's color was toned to make the color more beige. The table is 62" x 31", and the bench is 52" x 14". They are both finished with epoxy, wet sanded a polished. The legs are steel tube trapezoids that are enameled flat black, which offers a great contrast to the bright and relatively glossy table and bench.
This serving tray was a long time in the making! Over the course of roughly six months, I worked through multiple prototypes -- realizing with each new iteration that I would need something else to make the build possible. The piece features custom shop-made walnut plywood for the base hexagon, and is finished with a high-grade marine varnish. Each triangle has to be individually fitted in place due to the minor variability in working wood.
This large section of spalted pecan was flattened, prepped, and finished for use as a table centerpiece / serving board. It is 51" x 19, so provides a very large usable surface for entertaining. It features a great deal of inherent character, which is brought out by thoroughly sanding the wood to 400 grit and finishing with an oil / wax blend. The oil and wax finish also preserved the natural feel of the wood.