As a Tucson furniture maker, I am naturally influenced by the Southwest, including its richly diverse Native American cultures. I've long wanted to incorporate Native American pottery designs, especially the Rain Bird, into my woodworking. This series allows me to do that.
The legs of this piece are made of tapered cherry, 1.5 inches square at the top. The table top is made of highly figured curly cherry bordering an inlay of walnut burl. The table aprons are the Rain Bird's tableau. The aprons are a three layered laminate. The outer layer is a thin sheet of quarter sawn cherry into which the designs are cut. This sheet is placed onto a background of birdseye maple. The inner, unseen layer is three-quarters inch thick alder to give strength to the whole.
The long aprons show intertwined Rain Bird images flanking a central curved edge rectangle that may be taken as a symbol of the sky stretching overhead, or of the universe as a whole. The short rear apron and drawer front show intertwined Rain Birds flanked by more abstract Rain Bird images. The drawer front has an underside notch, not a pull, for drawing it out. The drawer sides are joined with dovetails.
The entire piece is finished with a single coat of shellac used as a sealer and grain enhancer, completed with six coast of sprayed on semi gloss water based lacquer.
Dimensions: Table top 25 by 19 inches; height 27 and three-quarters inches; drawer 18 and a half by 11 and a half inches by two and a half inches deep. Delivery: free in greater Tucson or applicable shipping charges.