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Maple Platter

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I’ve always been interested in how light affects our special perception around environments and objects. I’ve produced many pieces of art and furniture with this in mind.

In the Platters, I directly compare light and darkness through the use of subtle carving techniques. Are the shaded areas more intriguing due to the changing grain and dimmed surface or is the brightly illuminated surface more impressive as it seems to stand out more prominently? Are we drawn more to the light or the dark? Are they not just as valuable in creating a pleasing unified art piece?

As explained in the essay, In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, the author explores the importance of light in traditional Japanese interiors and how it contrasts with the dazzling light of the modern age. This also resonates with me in terms of how the West is of shadows, changing grain patterns and subtlety closely relate to Japanese culture and the tradition of Sabi. I feel the acceptance of transience and imperfection is no less important in our constant striving for a Western modern life.

 

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Western Maple
Western Maple

Westen Maple, or Bigleaf Maple, is endemic to the west coast of North America. This wood is moderate in hardness, and the grain can be straight, wavy, or curly. The beautiful figure makes it ideal for furniture and small specialty wood items.

Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar

Cedar has been a cultural staple for generations of coastal indigenous peoples. It is naturally weather and insect resistant, making it appropriate for both indoor and outdoor applications.

White Oak
White Oak

White Oak is white to light tan in colour, and it is hard and durable. The wood is straight grained, with an uneven texture. All oaks have large medullary rays visible to the unaided eye; those in White Oak are especially large.

Clear Hardwax Oil - Maple
Clear Hardwax Oil - Maple

Clear Hardwax Oil - White Oak
Clear Hardwax Oil - White Oak

Clear Hardwax Oil-cedar
Clear Hardwax Oil-cedar

Hardwax Oil is resistant to dirt, water and abrasion and leaves the surface smooth. When dry, this finish is safe for humans, animals and plants.

Custom Finish
Custom Finish

Soft White Hardwax Oil - White Oak
Soft White Hardwax Oil - White Oak

Soft White Hardwax Oil- Cedar
Soft White Hardwax Oil- Cedar

Finished by hand with a soft white hardwax oil, this wood has a lighter, muted character with warm undertones, while still maintaining the beautiful natural grain.

Soft White Hardwax Oil- Maple
Soft White Hardwax Oil- Maple

Hand applied white hardwax oil adds a warm, light tone to the maple without obscuring the wood's trademark character. Light grey tones throughout.

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