Hikido Credenza

The title of my work is Hikido. Hikido are sliding doors of all style and function in Japan, including shoji and fusuma in addition to the sliding doors used in tansu and sashimono. I admire the sashimono-shi, who work by hand to create subtle masterworks which reveal their beauty and masterful design over a life long relationship with their user.

The credenza is made of American Black Cherry - the case is finished in blonde shellac and the stand stained black. The secondary wood is American red oak which lines the drawers. Details, such as the wedges used to seat the exposed tenons are made in Gaboon ebony. I carefully select quietly grained, slow growing and strong material to feature in my work. The wood chosen grows over decades and centuries, to respect such material one must create work that stands to last the test of time.

This credenza is made by hand and with hand tools from the beginning process of material preparation on through to joinery and finishing. Every joint cut with saws and chisels, every surface prepared with a series of hand planes. It is important to note that I do not sand my work, every surface offers the user to experience the subtle texture left by polished blade.

The drawers are made to a piston fit and glide on nothing more than their respective wooden surfaces, they offer centuries of use without maintenance beyond occasional application of wax.

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