Exclusive on Bidsquare Lot #27: Ben Rowley
Spalted maple, walnut, and steel
18 1/4 x 32 1/4 x 59 1/2 in.
This coffee table by Ben Rowley is a great example of furniture design that goes beyond the conventional. It is handmade from locally sourced and milled spalted maple. Rowley has enhanced the natural grain and character of the wood by "book matching" it, giving it an imperfect symmetry achieved through balance rather than mirroring-a feature of many carefully pruned bonsai trees. The table's sculptural steel support
mimics the trunk and branches of a bonsai. When the piece was completed, Rowley titled it to establish the connection between the crafted tree and the crafted artifact.
Rowley is the sole proprietor of Fusion Studios in Green Lake, Wisconsin, where he produces custom cabinetry and furniture.
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