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Table en cuir et cuivre

copper-tableThis interesting little side table could be used in your living room, entry, hall or bedroom. The top is covered in top grain leather (cuir) and the base is a beautiful acid-etched copper (cuivre) laminate. The T-shaped base is very sturdy. Manitoba bur oak protects the edges of the base and makes for both a functional and funky table.

57cm (22.625”) diameter x 55cm H (21.5”)

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Poplar Study #6

poplar-study-6bI view poplar as a chameleon wood. It can have very little grain, shimmering grain (like the famous huanghauli wood) or quite dramatic figure. I chose the latter type to complement these finials.

poplar-study-top-detailA beaver had taken down several of our young poplar trees and what remained looked very interesting. I cut them off and lathed each into a pleasing shape. The 7 finials are attached by a tenon from underneath the table perimeter and look like torches.

The natural and handmade elements play off one another and make for an interesting conversation piece. This table is sized to be used as a coffee table, end table, bedside table, side table or occasional table.

57cm diameter x 51cm H
22.5″ diameter x 20″H

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MotherDragon

fine-art-antler-carving-mother-dragonWhat could be more frightening than a dragon? The answer—a  mother dragon guarding her nest. An oriental dragon is rampant over a tree where her egg is nested. The dragon does not challenge you—she is more certain of her strength than that—she warns you to stay away. And the reason for this defiance is because the egg in the nest is just hatching.

The MotherDragon is made of elk antler with each scale individually carved. The flares around the legs, elbows and wrists, and the ridge along the back are made from moose antler and based upon ancient pictures of  Chinese dragons. The dragon perches on a tree made of elk and deer antler, with tufts of needles made of green wire. Nestled in the crook of one branch is a dragon hatchling made of elk antler. The hatchling can be taken out for handling.

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51 cm H x 53.5 cm W x 30 cm D
20”H x 21”W x 12”D
$2200

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Poplar Study #5

poplar-study-5aPoplar is a very underused wood. However, the grain in this table closely resembles one of the most precious woods in the world, Huanghauli (Dalbergia odorfera). The finest huanghuali has a translucent shimmering surface, exactly the same as our own poplar.

poplar-study5-topThis could be a coffee table, end table, bedside table, side table or occasional table. Surrounding the perimeter are 7 antique scientific tubes that can hold whatever you can imagine–flowers, colored water, seed, rocks, shells–you could even have drinks in them for you and 6 of your closest friends!

57cm diameter x 51cm H
22.5″ diameter x 20″H)

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Bijou Géant

bijou-geant-aThis art piece features birchbark. Like a giant bracelet for your wall, this creation with an edging of Manitoba oak would look great with any decor or color of wall.

65cm diameter x 9cmH
25.5″ diameter x 3.5″Hbijou-geant-b

Poplar Study #2-#4

poplar-study-2-4aThere are at least 7 combinations that you can form with these tables. A perfect height for a coffee table, end table, bedside table, side table or occasional table, this creation showcases some exquisite iridescent grain. You really have to see this one in person. It’s so much fun to make the different combinations! Once again, I am trying to show that a Manitoba wood such as poplar can be very interesting in the right hands. This piece is adaptable, flexible–something that allows the person to customize.

In low light, the iridescence makes the top glow.

In low light, the iridescence makes the top glow.

1 table: 43cm W x 75cm L (17”W x 29.5”L
3 tables: 86cm (34”) diameter x 45cm (17.5”H)

There are at least 7 combinations you can play with!

There are at least 7 combinations you can play with!

One of the many ways you can adapt these tables to fit your style and space.

One of the many ways you can adapt these tables to fit your style and space.

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Elephant Netsuke

fineartantlercarvingnetsukeelephantAn elephant is one of those animals that every child learns to identify, yet is also an animal that most people rarely see. Consequently, while we are sure what an elephant is, it would be difficult for most people to sketch one with any degree of detail.

It is like the parable of the seven blind men who describe an elephant by running their respective hands over only one part of the animal. We can add a trunk to the front of a large bulky animal and put some big ears on the side of the head and maybe some tusks sticking out the front somewhere, but can we really give the picture any more specific information? 

I came face to face with this when carving this piece. I started with the basics, but was soon faced with many questions like how thick and long are the legs relative to the body and how wide the head? Where exactly do the tusks and ears go? How many toes does an elephant have?  There are also a large number of bumps and depressions in the skull and around the hips. Nonetheless, thanks to the internet, I was able to find the answers to these questions and make this netsuke sized elephant.

The elephant is carved from a single piece of moose antler and depicts a full grown Asian elephant porting a ceremonial blanket and pannier on its back.

5.5cm L x 4.4 cm H x 3.0 cm D
2.25”L x 1.75”H x 1.25”D

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Fantasia: Cambrian Explosion

fantasiaIn layers of rock laid down 540 million years ago, the fossil record shows ancient life forms that have no precedent in previous layers. This zone is known as the Cambrian Explosion. This period is extremely interesting because, for some reason, the diversity of life increased dramatically, creating most of the currently existing animal phyla. Previously, animal life on Earth consisted of single cells or simple colonies. Why the complexity of diversity took off is unknown. Not only are most of the current animal groups represented in the fossil record, but dozens of other groups are also found, groups that did not succeed in making it to modern times and many of these types are the weirdest of all. It is estimated that 90% of the life forms that appeared during the Cambrian Explosion did not survive into successive geologic periods. Imagine what the earth might look like today if all those different forms were represented. This piece may help with your imagination.

fantasia-detailFantasia depicts many of the life forms existing in the fossil record as well as other forms of varying levels of abstraction. Considering how strange many of the life forms were, it could well be possible that the abstract forms I created actually are similar to ones that existed millions of years before the dinosaurs.  Further, some of the weird ones still exist today.

The myriad pieces are carved from elk, moose and deer antler and displayed in a semi-dioramic manner. There are also a few pieces carved from tagua nut, for color and texture.

42 cm W x  46 cm H x  16 cm D
16.5″ W x  18″ H x  10”D
Price: $1200

Food SafeTray

Food Safe TrayAny cooked food can be served on this tray. Made from Manitoba Maple, it looks as good empty after your guests eat your offerings. Clean the food safe finish by wiping with a cloth (no soap) or rinse under hot water. If the wood starts to look dry, apply a thin coat of food-safe oil then wipe off excess with a paper towel.

The grain on this tray is very interesting, making it look as good when empty.

The grain on this tray is very interesting, making it look as good when empty.

44cm L x 33cm D x 40mm T
(17″L x 13″D x 1.5″T)
Price: $65

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