This expressive bookcase, the height and stance of a jester, sports a harlequin veneer pattern in highly figured maple and pommelle sapele. One in a series of bookcases designed to suggest furniture as people, this is the only one with jewels.
Glass has a wide variety of applications in furniture, ranging from a simple clear panel to decorative inlay.
Maple covers many different trees in the Acer genus. In general it is a light colored wood, creamy white to yellow in hue with darker soft brown or yellow grain. Bigleaf maple is a large tree native to the Pacific Northwest, and it often has highly figured wood, spalting and burls. Ambrosia Maple, also called sugar maple, is a creamy white maple with grey streaks and often has worm holes. Figured maple is often described as quilted, tiger, flame or curly maple depending on the patterns in the wood.
Figure or curl is a natural occurrence and can be found in a variety of woods. The surface of the wood shows a linear, wavy pattern that is particularly striking when finished. In some forms it is a hereditary wave pattern in the wood fibers, in others it is an effect of wood fibers being compressed by a change in the direction of growth, such as at a fork forming a new trunk or limb. Figured wood has long been used in musical instrument bodies.
Pommele refers to a lustrous, watery pattern formed by the special irregularly growing fibres of a number of trees. Boards with this characteristic are often used to produce veneers.
American black walnut grows in the Eastern US and Canada. It is a popular domestic hardwood with a naturally dark color varying from a purplish brown to a rich red brown.