Most people think of relatively simple grain when they consider Maple, but this piece defies all those expectations. Staring at the brilliant cross-grain shimmer that came from this tree made me truly pause to contemplate how to do this piece of wood the justice it deserves. I stared at this piece for over a year before I knew what to do, and even then my plans changed as it progressed and showed itself. The irregular shape and extreme thickness add significantly to the ultra-unique look of this distinctive table. Though it may be counter-intuitive, the steel ‘base’ is not connected to the wood; instead it runs through it, held by friction alone. The steel and the wood coexist in forms of static movement and dynamic stillness. The 3-dimensional Padauk bow-tie, doweled by steel to the outside edge intends to draw the observer around the table and make them wonder ‘Why?’ as they ingest its details from every angle, maximizing its impact on the senses. The rhythmic pattern of the flat steel stock that forms the lower shelf emulates the form of the wood it supports above, and even in its rigidity suggests movement. Contact us for pricing on this one of a kind piece.