I had a slack day in the shop recently whilst waiting for materials to arrive. I also had 2 almost book matching boards of Hard Pear that has been continually and persistently watching me from a corner of the shop for quite some time….
Hard Pear (Olinea ventosa) is indigenous to South Africa and grows in the Cape Province. The tree can grow to impressive proportions under the right conditions, reaching heights in excess of 25 m. Due to the uneven, wavy grain it is not an easy timber to work with but the striking grain pattern makes it worth it. Unfortunately the timber is scarce in supply.
What to make with just 2 short boards? I decided to pay tribute to George Nakashima by making a small version of his famous Minguren design. I recently read his book: The soul of a tree. The little table measures 760 long x 580 wide x 430 high, too small to be a coffee table so let’s call it a side table. Off course I had to add the well known butterfly key! Mine was done with Candlewood.
The size of the table was determined by the size of the boards and proportions happened as I went along. Again, no drawings. Don’t I ever learn? In retrospect I think the vertical piece just looks too high/square.