|Project by bfd||posted 12-24-2007 05:36 AM||3578 views||43 times favorited||24 comments|
This is one of the most challenging pieces I have done to date. It combines two of my passions, wine and woodworking. I did this to sell with no particular client in mind. Hand-cut mortise and tenon joints and dovetails on drawer. The case is maple with a walnut back panel, legs and doors. Top is qtr cut ash veneer.
I think that this project would be a good submission for the Winter 2010 yin yang contest. I decided to use three different woods for this project; Walnut, Maple and Ash. The three species were chosen for not only for their visual interest but also as a metaphor for the varietals of wine. As wine comes in so many varietals I felt it apropos to use more than one species of wood. No one species of wood alone could do this piece justice. After all, selecting only one wood to work with is akin to selecting only one wine to drink. A literal interpretation of the wood colors (dark & light) could also be made to red and white wines. Less literal but also a yin/yang juxtaposition is the marriage of old and modern techniques/material. I used hardwood ply with solid wood. Traditional hand-cut dovetails and hand-cut mortise and tenons with modern hardware. As with woodworking there is great debate in the wine world over old world vs. new world, Traditional vs. modern, French vs. California etc in the end it is all good and one cannot exist with out the other…yin yang.