This piece was a made as a commission. The client had a very specific place where she wanted it to go and it had to fit to those dimensions exactly. Inspired by Japanese tansus, this cabinet is held together with blind dovetails cut by hand. When put together, the joinery is hidden from view but it ensures the cabinet will last for a long time.
Scandinavian Design Desk
2018, Cherry and White Oak, 42"L x 24"D x 30"H
2018, Elm, Alder and White Oak, 34"L x 15"W x 16"H
Ladder Back Chair
2017, Red Oak and Hickory, 34 x 16 x 15 inches
2016, poplar, 36 x 9 x 17 inches
This bench was made using only hand tools and is held together with traditional joinery. No glue, screws or nails were used.
2017, western red cedar and washi paper, 28.5 x 17.75 x 1 inches
2015, pine and maple, 31.75 x 21.75 x 0.75 inches
2017, poplar, 5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Asa-no-ha in Japanese translates to hemp leaf. This traditional Japanese pattern can be found throughout Japan from shoji screens to kimonos. In constructing the asa-no-ha, each piece is precisely fitted so that only friction holds the whole thing together. There is no glue or any other fastener used.
Here you can see the different stages of construction. Starting with a square grid, the next step is to add the diagonals. Once those are fitted the next step is to add the 3 interlocking pieces that form the shape of the leaf.