Sunday, April 26, 2009

shibui washi


John just delivered this amazing table to a lucky person in Pittsburgh this weekend. I’m calling the piece shibui washi because it reminds me of an eagle. It is huge and has a counterpart that can be linked with it to accommodate larger dining parties. The table itself was made from two consecutive slices from the same walnut tree that are book-matched and joined in the center to create mirror images (or eyes and a beak as it appears in this case).

He came back with a check and a cold which we all have now. This morning while everyone was nursing their colds, I sat outside in the balmy weather enjoying my tea and watching the flurry of bird activity that was happening creekside. I didn’t see any eagles but I did see a heron, ducks, and lots of songbirds. We had a pair of eagles hanging out along our stretch of the creek while John was working on the table. Their energy went into that table and the table will offer incredible gifts of patience, power, and vision to its new owner.

“From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.” ~Victor Hugo

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