Yuki No Hana Table

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Project by Darrell Peart posted 02-22-2012 12:28 AM 10238 views 47 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yuki No Hana is Japanese for Snow Flower.
This design has been a pet / back burner project for several months. The pattern under the glass is 6-sided like a snow flake and there is an overall Japanese feel to the piece.
The fused glass was done by Doug Hansen, a local Seattle glass artist.
The idea is to see the snow flake pattern through the glass – it was difficult to get a photo that really illustrates this– so I removed the glass for one of the shots.

Thought I would update the text a bit. I submitted this design to the “Knock on Wood” competition at Bellevue Arts Museum and had to write an artists statement (see below) . I doubt if much will come of my submission – they are probably looking for stuff that is more ‘arty” this this – but gonna give it a try anyway….

Yuki No Hana is Japanese for “Flower of Snow”. The six –sided leg and support structure of this piece produces geometric shapes that radiate outwards in a snowflake fashion. Looking through the fused glass top, we see a snowflake pattern through a snowy lens.
If we can imagine designs as having genetic make-up, it could be said this piece has Japanese DNA. There is tension between the wood structure and the glass top. The leg structure of the design is very predictable and geometric. The precise angles produce repeating patterns. Its order is well defined. The fused glass on the other hand is all about dis-order. It is random and its shape can be barely held in check. It is unpredictable in nature. The dark wood is a warm substance and the glass is frosty and cold. The two materials appear to be in opposition to one another.

It is the “rafter tails” that bring the two elements together. Inspired by Greene & Greene architectural elements, they are the wooden pieces at the top of the leg structure that the glass rests upon. Acting as a barrier, they perform a function similar to a kitchen trivet. The trivet separates the hot dish from a cooler surface, ensuring that damage is not done. The rafter tails separate the cold glass from the warm wood. But they also reach out and cradle the glass as if protecting it, thus unifying the two opposing mediums.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 12:33 AM

Beautiful idea and execution.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 12:36 AM

Your work is amazing as always ,fantastic design and great build. It’s hard to get the whole scope of the glass from the photo.


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#3 posted 02-22-2012 01:06 AM

Hi Darrell,

This is a great looking Table with excellent Craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 01:19 AM

Darrell: That is a fantastic looking table.

Like you said with the top in place the intricate table has a lot hidden.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 01:23 AM

Beautiful piece!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 01:33 AM

darrell, this is a beautiful table, your design is very catchy to the eye, i would love to see a set of these next to a leather a lodge…they would look so good…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 01:36 AM

awesome work and execution. design is fantastic.

it begs for another one just like it , but w/ bleached snow white quartersawn white oak or maple and ebony plugs.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Darrell Peart

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 01:38 AM

Thanks everyone! I will replace the last photo with a drawing which will better illustrate what’s going on under the glass

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#9 posted 02-22-2012 01:42 AM

You continue to amaze!

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#10 posted 02-22-2012 02:04 AM

Truly outstanding—as always when you create a masterpiece. I continue to enjoy and admire your work. And, isn’t it about time for another book?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Darrell Peart

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#11 posted 02-22-2012 02:52 AM

Hillbilly Shooter,
I am currently at work on the next book – its mostly done and will probably be out in about a year.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#12 posted 02-22-2012 03:35 AM

Wow You are an artist when it comes to G&G. You give some new dimention to the G&G style. Well done

-- Leon . [email protected]

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#13 posted 02-22-2012 04:13 AM

this table is perfect a lot of attention to layout and detail .The finish and glass just makes it should be very proud. thanks for sharing it with us

-- PapaS, Casper, WY

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 04:45 AM

That’s one for the ages…. really nice work!

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#15 posted 02-22-2012 07:15 AM

I like this. Well done.

-- George Coles,

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