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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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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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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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Birchbark Modern

elm, birchbark, glass, sandblastedI am continuing to explore the question “can a birchbark piece be sophisticated?” This table exploits the beauty of bark that has the feel of top-grain leather. However, the design and the top are very modern.

An angular base showcases both sides of what birch bark can look like. The dowels securing the base are covered in dyed rawhide. With a sandblasted glass top thick enough to withstand hot drinks, this piece takes an age-old natural material and brings it into the 21st century. The top detaches for easier transport.

glass51cm D x 70cm L x 61cm H
20”D x 27.5”L x 24”H
Price: $475

The natural rawhide and bark juxtapose with the glass top.

dowel, rawhide, dyed, natural

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Wood: Drum Table

custom designed birchbark furnitureThis table explores the medium of birch bark. I harvest the bark myself from trees already logged. The care with which it must be acquired and processed makes it as valuable as full-grain leather. I used almost 3 square meters (30 sq.ft.) in this piece.

Birch bark is a material that has been used by people on several continents since prehistoric times.

A form able to exploit the possibilities of the bark led to the simple drum shape. “Drum” is an architectural term referring to one of the cylindrical building blocks of a column. The six 3-D tessellations give the optical illusion of building blocks. Almost 400 birch bark parallelograms were formed into hexagons which appear as cubes to achieve the effect. Dyed birch bark makes up the background and top of the table with the bark tessellations left their natural color.

The table would be stunning in an entry or as a display table for another piece of artwork. Or stack books on it in a library. As with most of my pieces, they are flexible in their functions.

This is an excellent example of handcrafted studio wooden furniture made by INAKA. This unique contemporary handmade wooden table would be an asset to any home. High quality custom designed handmade wood furniture is a reflection of the owner as well as of the artist.

61cm diameter x 76cm H
24”diameter x 30”H
Price: $475

 

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Wood: The Pierre

custom designed wood furnitureI named this table after Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, a Canadian explorer who ventured farther west than any previous European explorer had. He traveled to Winnipeg and then southwest, along the trails where I found this tree. He was searching for a route across Canada from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. He didn’t find it, but I like to think that perhaps he stopped and camped near this oak, tying his food to it and starting the bend that resulted in the U-shaped trunk.

Pierre would have traveled here with his two sons in 1738. I cut down this tree in 2004 when it was going to be removed to widen a road. I counted 284 rings on the trunk, so I like to think that Pierre had touched it, along with all his dreams.

This is an excellent example of handmade studio wooden furniture made by INAKA. This unique contemporary handcrafted wood table would be an asset to any home. High quality custom designed handmade wood furniture is a reflection of the owner as well as of the artist.

91.5cm L x 91.5cm W x 30cm H
36”L x 36”W x 12”H
Price: $375

 

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