Monday, June 29, 2009

shaping parts

I am shaping the various parts for the tables. In the photos above, I first shaped the top stretchers and then tapered the legs, making them slender at the top. This is the reverse of the design I've been using on my contemporary rustic tables which stand on smaller feet. These tables in contrast, are inspired by Japanese architecture and intended to reflect the design of a torii, gate at the entrance of a shinto shrine as in the Wikipedia image below. A torii in Japan is used to mark the entrance to a sacred space.

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