Cherry With Walnut Kumiko Ryokan Coffee Table
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50w x 16d x 17t
Cherry live edge top.
Unsteamed walnut: kumiko base and three inlaid dutchman joints.
Designed, built, finished, and photographed by Robert Morrissey.
Copyright Philomath Woodworks 2023.
About this table:
Solid live edge black cherry top featuring high figuring, three inlaid walnut dovetail dutchman joint keys.
Unsteamed walnut kumiko base.
The kumiko pattern is called "Sakura Kikko" and represents a cherry blossom.
Proprietary Philomath LinBee Finish - a natural blend of linseed oil and Montana beeswax (for more details please see LinBee product page).
Kumiko is a delicate and sophisticated technique of assembling wooden pieces without the use of nails. Thinly slit wooden pieces are grooved, punched, mortised, and then fitted individually using a plane, saw, chisel and other tools to make fine adjustments. After dry fitting I then reassemble using glue to make the kumiko structural for furniture. The technique was developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD), and has since been refined and passed down through generations of craftsmen who are passionate about the tradition of kumiko.
You can watch my "Making Kumiko" video on the ABOUT page.
This table is in my Ryokan series, inspired by the beauty and tranquility of the traditional hot spring Inns found around Japan. My Ryokan series feature a live edge top that is ripped down the center and then inverted to create a dramatic and unique live edge and sap wood wave down the center of the table. The two halves are then inlaid with a double ended dovetail “dutchman” joints to stabilize and structurally marry the halves into one.