Ebony and sycamore table

Materials: Macassar ebony and ripple sycamore
Finish: Shellac button polish and wax
Dimensions: 880mm(h) x 1200mm(w) x 400mm(d)


Macassar ebony is an extremely beautiful wood but quite difficult to work with. A particular challenge with this piece was the tendency of the ebony's very fine dust to enter the grain of the white sycamore when planing the drawer sides, a real headache! My hope was to keep the piece looking light despite the darkness of the timber. The shellac finish allows the lighter tones of the ebony to shine. One of a pair of tables, private collection.