Thursday 27 January 2011
Andrew Varah reminds us, by way of his latest design, that the best kind of beauty is generally hidden on the inside
Andrew Varah's latest design, two console tables, are comprised of two jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) burr pieces trapped inside a madrona (Arbutus menziesii) burr and glass space, locked together by hand-turned holly fittings.
Andrew saw this burr in one piece, in a wood yard. It's estimated to be a few hundred years old and Andrew was determined to see what was inside without losing the beauty of the outside, which he left in its natural state.
He chain-sawed the burr in half and noticed that, in profile, the shapes represent faces. Look carefully at the shot showing the front view and you'll see the face of an old man and an old woman.
The face he cut was very tough to plane and it took two days to finally reveal the beauty of the sunburst rays and a week of careful oiling to enhance what had been hidden inside since its creation.
The drawer interiors are in fiddle back sycamore and the unusual element of this design is that it's possible to reverse the drawer cabinet so that the front view becomes the sawn face and the burr, the back. A stunning and rather poignant example of inner beauty.