The top of this entry table by Alan Kalker was made from Leopardwood, a hardwood species found primarily in South America prized for its deep color and mottled spots. It is paired with local spalted maple, a near white wood that has wandering black lines. These patterns are created from the tree’s immune response to fungus that grows on the wood near the end of its life and its unpredictability is what makes it so prized. Each wood showcases the beautiful natural patterns that develop with the growth of different trees.
With meticulous craft, Kalker has bowed legs of this hall table to create a truly elegant design that holds the eye. The process involves soaking or steaming sheets of material and bending it along a mold built specifically for the piece. Depending on the size of the piece being bent, dozens of clamps are used to hold it in place until the form stays rigid.
Measures approximately 44″L x 12″W x 31″H