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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 #1

Many countries are exploring the use of lesser known species of wood for furniture. I spent a month in Honduras designing a line of furniture on a Mayan theme, specifically using species of woods not commonly utilized. Trends come and go, and I don’t know why some woods are not as popular as others. When I returned, I wanted to show that our native Manitoba woods can be as spectacular as the so-called ‘exotic species’.

poplar-study-1Poplar—such a common tree, but we rarely see what treasures it holds inside.This table has a poplar base with a birchbark top surrounded by a poplar frame and covered in plexiglas.

I worked with a sawyer to cut the wood to show off the incredible iridescence that gives it a 3-D look. The top of the table is birchbark covered with plexiglas so it can be used as an entry table or an end table. If desired, the plexiglas can be removed to reveal a beautiful top that you can feel as well as see. In that case, one would want to use coasters when putting drinks on it. The table measures 65cm wide x 50cm deep x 70cm high (25.5”W x 19.5”D x 27.5” H). Price: $200

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