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 into my woodworking. This series of tables allows me to do that. The legs in this piece are made of purple heart in the Federal style with the tapers on the inside facing surfaces. The purple heart theme is continued in splines in the table top's mitered corners and the table top's interior border. Additionally, the table top is made of curly cherry and walnut burl.
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 birdseye maple background. The inner, unseen layer is three-quarters inch think alder to give strength to the whole.
The aprons show a ram's head-like image flanked by curved edge rectangles that may be taken as symbols of the sky stretching overhead, or of the universe as a whole. 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 blonde shellac used as a sealer and to enhance wood grain, completed with six coats 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.