My newest sculpture comes out of some experimenting I've been doing with dry-stack lamination and mold building. The technique has allowed me to extract more dynamic and lyrical forms out of wood. As a result, I have been able to approach figurative forms in my work, hence the title, "The Two Friends Who Walk".
This bench was built from two beautifully figured pieces of California Coastal Walnut. I felt very fortunate to be able to use them. The base is built with four hand-cut mortise and tenon, and the two back boards are supported by a pair of three inch high butterflies. Take note of the parabolic curves carved on the front and back legs. These curves are reminiscent of my previous design for the "spider table" seen below, and is becoming a signature aesthetic of mine, as are the tapered legs.
My design for a coffee table, which I have dubbed "Spider Table" due to it's insect-like profile, is built out of ash. The table top sits 17'' above the ground and is 18'' in diameter. The catalyst for this design came out of my clients desire for a small, elegant, and light-colored table to be used in a sitting room. I am very pleased with the result, and intend to do a production line of the coffee table in the near future.