|Project by Div||posted 04-11-2011 11:12 PM||3053 views||17 times favorited||61 comments|
A hall table/occasional writing desk in African mahogany and spalted Cape Holly.
1420L x 560D x 835H
I promised to post some photos of my accepted entries for the “Out of the wood” exhibition here in the Southern Cape, South Africa. This table is the most conservative in design of all my pieces on display and it didn’t come as a surprise to me that it was the first to sell.
Cape Holly (Ilex mitis) is indigenous to Africa and occurs from the Cape Peninsula along the southern and eastern coast of SA, northwards through Zimbabwe and tropical Africa, all the way to Ethiopia. I had bought a large log of Holly and it lay in my yard for nearly a year before I came to mill it. Imagine my delight when I took the first cuts and saw these wonderful patterns for the first time! I ended up milling most of this log into 6mm (1/4”) veneers.
The curved side rails were laminated from mahogany strips whilst I made my own plywood for the panel; 2 layers of African mahogany with an outer skin of Holly. The curved front and back stretchers were also laminated from African mahogany.
Please feel free to give honest critique. I learn a lot from it. If you don’t like it, say it and say why. Some of you will know by now that I have a thick skin! :^)
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."