Nantucket Mapscape Coffee Table

18"h x 40"w x 18"d
Sapele with Ash Burl, Walnut Burl, Maple, Sapele, Anegre, Quilted Maple, and Ebonized Wood Inlays

My inspiration for this collection comes from the imagery of 18th-century maps, such as hand drawn borders, compass roses used for cardinal directions, and stylized land masses.

The land masses in this design are the west end of Nantucket Island with its islands of Muskeget and Tuckernuck. The grain on the tabletop is oriented to accentuate the design and simulate the movement of the ocean.

I make my own banding, the inlaid border outlining the tabletop, to simulate the look of a hand drawn map border. Distinguishing hallmarks of this series are the four-sided tapered legs, and the inlaid stringing along the bottom of the arched aprons that sweeps across the tops of the legs.

Martha's Vineyard Mapscape Coffee Table

18"h x 54"w 32"d
Cherry with Maple Burl, Walnut, Curly Maple, Ebonized Wood, and Holly inlays
For this commission I used the latitude and longitude lines, map coordinates, compass rose, and No Man’s Land island to create the focal points and balance in the design. I spend a significant amount of time searching for boards that have grain patterns that will enhance my design ideas. The grain in the boards that I selected for the top of this table resembles ocean currents and eddies.

Compass Rose End Table

28"h x 28"w x 28"d
Pattern Grade African Mahogany with Walnut Burl, Sapele, Curly Maple, Satinwood, Bubinga, Maple Burl, Redwood Burl, Lacewood, Holly, and Ebonized Wood Inlays
I designed and made this end table and the Fleur de Lis End Table as a set, for a private collector who is interested in compass rose designs. For this table, I designed the compass rose with a fleur de lis to indicate north. And designed four separate typographic images for each of the cardinal directions, which I inlaid into the table’s aprons.

Fleur de Lis End Table

22 1/2"h x 19"w x 19"d
Pattern Grade African Mahogany with Ash Burl, Walnut Burl, Curly Maple, Bubinga, Lacewood, Maple Burl, Ebonized Wood, and Holly Inlays
Made to accompany the Compass Rose End Table for a private collector. I designed a different compass rose for each table. On historic maps, the fleur de lis was synonymous with north. Here I used the symbol as a decorative element on each apron.
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