Made from African etimoe, this dining table features an inlaid 32-piece compass rose at the tabletop’s center and base. When the leaf is added, the star splits to become two. The stars are surrounded by pie-matched etimoe burl, providing a rich and unusual background for the intricate inlaid star design.
The pedestal’s base plate creates a low center of gravity, resulting in a very solid and stable table, even when the leaf is added. I chose the combination of straight-grained and burl etimoe for its beautiful colors. Under strong light, the burl reflects a beautiful spectrum of colors throughout its irregular grain pattern.
This piece won honorable mention in the 2006 Craftsman’s Challenge competition, and resides with a wonderful customer inPennsylvania.