Tansu Step Chest
The classic Asian tansu step chest design has been updated for use in today’s home. Gone are the metal plates, but handmade warabi pulls made in Japan are used. This piece is can be used as a dresser and it has self-closing, soft-closing under the drawer slides. The woods used are Makore and maple burl in a four quarter book-matched pattern. The top to tiers are doors that open up and they are cedar lined.
Makore is imported from Africa and is available as both solid boards and veneer. It has a reddish brown color and often demonstrates wavy figuring.
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.
A burl is a natural growth that can be found on any number of tree varieties. Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood. These are highly valued and sliced into veneers for furniture, inlay, automobile interior paneling and trim.