|Project by Div||posted 04-17-2011 10:40 PM||3273 views||10 times favorited||20 comments|
1790L x 400W x 360H
Banksia and Salmon Gum
Another piece currently on display at the “Out of the wood” exhibition. Since natural organic lines are always popular, I had to do something in that line…. Besides, everybody loves those butterfly keys! This coffee table was inspired by the work of the Japanese American woodworker, George Nakashima, specifically his well known Minguren table. No better way to show off the natural beauty of the wood! The timber I used is known as Banksia (Banksia marginata) which is indigenous to Australia where it is apparently quite rare. I was fortunate indeed to obtain just a few boards from an Australian friend who immigrated to SA. He had some dying Banksia trees on his property which he felled, milled and brought with him. It is very likely that this is the only example of the timber in my country (apart from the bookcase I made for the Australian in exchange for the timber!) The keys are Salmon Gum, also indigenous to Australia, also from my friend.
For once I remembered to take a photo midway through construction. Picture #5 shows all the components ready for final assembly.
As always, comments, critique and suggestions are welcome.
PS. I am very happy to say that the response to the furniture component of this exhibition has been so good that the gallery decided to extend the exhibition by another month. Furthermore, they have decided to make it an annual event! Myself and the 4 other furniture makers/designers are very excited about this!!
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."