For many years now I have been experimenting with the dramatic, fluid and graceful forms that can be created by cutting one piece of wood most, but not all the way through and then expanding it by steam bending. This method has led to clean, honest forms where the structure is the ornamentation. The Dreamcatcher Hall Table is my most ambitious effort yet. All of the ash (the light wood) structure started as one piece of wood 2 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches x 36 inches long. Like an accordion it has been expanded into a form over 12 inches x 40 inches. The bottom and top were then stabilized with the mahogany pieces, creating an extremely strong table.
Different varieties of ash trees can be found all over the world. Most commonly used in the USA is white ash. It is usual a pale white to yellow wood with a uniform gain. This hard wood is probably best know for it's use in baseball bats, but its straight grain and elastic strength makes it ideal for use in furniture, musical instruments and crafts.
The name mahogany is commonly applied to many different kinds of tropical hardwood, most of which are reddish-brown in colour and widely employed in furniture-making, boat building and other high specification uses. When quarter-sawn it demonstrates a distinct ribbon pattern.