Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Decorative Tray

This is a decorative tray, in bookmatched Curly Maple, Wenge, and Brazilian Cherry,
made for one of Deb's co-workers.


Elephantschild said...

Both these pieces are really beautiful. Maybe I should tell my Dad to just give up on his stash of exotic known-only-by-it's-local-name Liberian hardwood that we shipped back from overseas and have YOU make something with it. :)

It's hard, though. Really, really hard. Harder than any American hardwood that Dad's worked with. It's heavy, too. Dad had made our dining room table in Monrovia with it, and it took two people just to lift the *top* of the table, which he didn't even bother screwing down. It was heavy enough to just sit on the legs.

Man, I miss that table.

Bruce Gee said...

Thanks. A lot of the African furniture made by natives is made while it is still green, assembled, then dried. Much easier to work, even though it tends to move around a lot.

The wenge that I used for the handles was hard to work, but the curly maple took the cake. It was very slow turning work. I'm not sure I'd want to have to make a living doing this stuff. I'd spend a lot more time sharpening my tools, I'll tell you that.

Yes, those slow growing, two-season African hardwoods can be mighty hefty.

Ethan said...

Both tray and table look elegant and beautiful. Very nice work.

Bruce Gee said...

Much grass, E.

Christy said...

Oh my gosh Bruce! You are so talented! :)