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Aquaria Console – Curly Birds Eye Maple

Posted in Artisanal, Furniture Making, Woodworking with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by johnwiggers

This example of an Aquaria Console was recently sold to a private collector.

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Measuring 42-1/2″ long x 10-1/2″ wide x 29-1/8″ high the apron and legs were constructed of Chestnut Curly Maple and fitted together using mortise and tenon construction. The single drawer at the end was made of dovetailed solid Maple.

Without question the focal point of this console is the spectacular grain pattern on the top, which has been crafted from a rare sampling of Curly Birds Eye Maple veneer that was stained and polished to a high sheen.

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Maple is a common species of North American tree, and in rare instances some of these trees will yield unusual grain patterns such as Birds Eye or Curly. Experts are generally baffled as to why certain trees will exhibit this kind of graining, although the prevailing wisdom seems to be that some kind of disease or fungus is the cause.

In reality there are two differing conditions which cause these types of grain patterns to occur.

Curly (or Fiddleback) is the result of tree ring compression, and this most often occurs in trees that are exposed to winds which cause them to sway. This motion, in turn, causes ring compression on the side of the tree opposite the wind, and this manifests as a distinctive crossfire figure to the grain. It makes sense that this type of figure is usually found near the crotch and roots of a tree, since these areas are the ones which experience the most movement due to wind.

Birds Eye, on the other hand, is caused by stunted growth and two primary conditions must exist in order for this type of graining to occur. Namely, a Maple must be growing on the north-east slope of a hill and be closely surrounded by a dense cluster of other trees which compete with it for essential nutrients, moisture and sunlight.

About 15 years ago, during a visit to one of my vendors, I was shown an unusual log of Maple that had both Curly and Birds Eye grain patterns melded together. Although the graining looked spectacular my supplier felt bewildered as to how to sell the log, since it was too Curly to be sold as Birds Eye, and had too much Birds Eye to be sold as Curly.

Needless to say I bought the log without hesitation, since it was too unusual and beautiful to be left behind. Although I had no current project for which to use this wood, I decided to squirrel it away in my core stash of rare woods for use on a select pieces down the road.

To this day this log of Curly Birds Eye is the only example of this type of grain pattern I have ever seen.

It’s unlikely that a log of this calibre and scarcity will ever appear again.

Custom Furniture Sample Sale – Aquaria Consoles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by johnwiggers

In 2009 Kevin Wiggers designed a prototype console out of dark Chocolate Maple and gave it a high gloss Macassar Ebony top.

Given how well the design of this console was received several additional consoles were made, with subsequent versions being fitted with a single dovetailed drawer in one end.

We currently have several variations of these Aquaria Consoles available at discounted pricing under our Sample Sale.

The initial prototype measures 42-3/4″ long x 10-3/4″ deep x 29-3/8″ high, and is numbered 2009-#005. It has a List price of $2975.00, and is currently on display at the following showroom:

Industrial Storm
1106 Queen Street W.
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H9

416-955-9888

Contact: Gary Flaherty
inquiries@industrialstorm.com

Subsequent versions of the Aquaria Console each measure 42-1/2″ long by 10-1/2″ deep by 29-1/2″ high. The high gloss figured wood tops on these pieces appear to float over their respective bases since they rest on concealed cross ribs that are set between the long curving aprons.

The aprons are attached to the curved legs by means of mortise and tenon construction. A single drawer extends from one end on Blumotion linear ball bearing slides. The drawer boxes themselves are made of dovetailed solid maple.

The console above is shown with a solid Walnut base that has been stained Dark Chocolate. The top is figured Crotch Walnut which has been center butt matched, and stained to complement the base. This console is numbered 2010-#017.

The legs and aprons on the console above are made out of solid natural Bubinga. The figured wood top is rotary cut Bubinga, which is sometimes called Kevazingo. This console is numbered 2010-#015.

The apron and legs on the console above have been made out of Curly Maple that has been stained a medium Chestnut colour. The figured wood top comes from a rare sampling of Curly Birds Eye Maple that has been stained Chestnut to match. This console is numbered 2010-#018.

The console above has legs and apron made out of natural solid walnut, with a natural Crotch Walnut top. It is numbered 2010-#016.

The latter consoles (with drawer) each carry a List price of $3295.00.

Please inquire about special discounts available during our Sample Sale.

Aquaria Console

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2011 by johnwiggers

The Aquaria Console measures 42-1/2″ long by 10-1/2″ deep by 29-1/2″ high. The high gloss figured wood top appears to float over the base since it rests on concealed cross ribs that are set between the long curving aprons.

The aprons are attached to the curved legs by means of mortise and tenon construction. An optional drawer extends from one end on Blumotion linear ball bearing slides. The drawer box itself is made of dovetailed solid maple.

The console above is shown with a solid Walnut base that has been stained Dark Chocolate. The top is figured Crotch Walnut which has been center butt matched, and stained to complement the base – albeit with a high gloss finish.

The legs and aprons on the console above are made out of solid natural Bubinga. The figured wood top is rotary cut Bubinga, which is sometimes called Kevazingo.

The apron and legs on the console above have been made out of Curly Maple that has been stained a medium Chestnut colour. The figured wood top comes from a rare sampling of Curly Birds Eye Maple that has been stained Chestnut to match.

The console below has legs and apron made out of natural solid walnut, with a natural Crotch Walnut top.

The latter two consoles are currently on display at The Guild Shop in Toronto – ready for the “My Grain” exhibition which opens on July 16th.

The “My Grain” Exhibition at The Guild Shop

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by johnwiggers

Next week the “My Grain” exhibition opens at The Guild Shop in Toronto.

Today Kevin and I delivered some pieces that will be displayed at this show.

In the above photo Kevin is standing beside on his Chevron Console, while leaning on his Aquaria Console. He’ll also have his Channel Table on display.

The main piece that I’ll be showing is a Kidney Shaped Desk crafted out of FSC certified ebony.

Some upcoming blog posts will detail all of these pieces in greater detail.