VOYAGE TO THE SOULS OF 20 TREES(Out of the wood exhibition)

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Project by Div posted 06-05-2011 09:02 PM 4529 views 11 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch


470W x 890L x 430H

A coffee table in various woods and glass.

I am greatly inspired by the work of Po Shun Leong, a contemporary Japanese woodworker with an architectural background. Through this table I continue to explore this inspiration. 20 different species of timber were used in building this piece. I find the fact that I can employ mostly “waste” wood very appealing. Here is the list in no particular order: Cape Blackwood, Australian Blackwood, Maple, Tiama, Wenge, White Pear, African Rosewood, Yellowwood, White Oak, African mahogany, Philippine mahogany, Imbuia, Candlewood, Zim Teak, Assegai, Pine, Brown Maple, Stinkwood, Ironwood and Forest Elder!

PS. A big fat South African “Howzit!” to all my LJ buddies! Thanks for looking and as always I welcome all comments and critique.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 09:04 PM

Now this is cool. What a great table. Very interesting and would love to look at this closely! Nice!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 09:06 PM

I like it. So simple but that was my first thougt when i lay my eye`s on it.

Well done Div :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 09:21 PM

even though you say its more or less a piece of scrap ….....................
I still wait to hear the sound of the instrument belowe the glass

thank´s for sharing :-)


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#4 posted 06-05-2011 09:42 PM

Impressive! A bold step to tackle a project like this – at least it would be for me. Your interpretation of the style is great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 10:01 PM

Hi Div, This is absolutely wonderful. I love the way you incorporated a piece of art into something as functional as a coffee table… Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rian Meier - George, South Africa

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 10:20 PM

WoW! That is so cool. Simple yet complex. I bet it’s heavy. I’d have to study it over closely for a while to even begin to figure out how I feel about. That is certainly a conversation piece. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#7 posted 06-05-2011 10:35 PM

I think of a old wooden battle ship, music instrument and a architectual model of a city, all mixed in some wonderful wood and closed by a glass lid.
I really like it.
To make something this complex and make it look so easy, that is impressive.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 06-05-2011 10:57 PM

A l’oeuvre on reconnait l’artisan..........nicely done, Div .

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#9 posted 06-05-2011 11:10 PM

Fabulous, Div. Really a fine concept of design. Thanks for sharing that!


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#10 posted 06-05-2011 11:17 PM

Way off the wall and outside the box. I really like it but I wouldn’t want to have to dust it.
Great creativity my friend.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 06-05-2011 11:42 PM

Great work. I could look at it for days on end, but I could never think up something as exquisite as this.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 06-05-2011 11:51 PM

My thoughts are of instruments too. I think I can hear it playing.

If I tried to pull that off, it would look like xxxx. But you sir, you got skills.
That is really nice. I want to see it in person.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 06-05-2011 11:56 PM

Before I saw that you are inspired by Po Shun Leong, i thought your stuff looked familiar. If you are trying to emulate Po, you are doing a great job. Nice work.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#14 posted 06-06-2011 01:10 AM

It has alot of energy. Great detail . Good focus . My eye see’s alittle to much sort of like you can not see the sun because of the twenty trees are in the way. Very interesting though. I used to build scrap tables when I first started . I realized it was like fitting a square peg into a round hole just because you have it doesn’t mean you have to use it. Compositions are a flow. A blend as scotch makers say. An intersection of art and nature is not a collision it is a merging of energy. I hope that will help you . Good luck.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#15 posted 06-06-2011 01:28 AM

My brain hurts….i cannot imagine the amount of time you put into designing this!
It is amazing!

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