Jackalberry dining table
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By Darren Myburgh, Gys Potgieter and Ernst Mittermair

Designer

Darren Myburgh, Gys Potgieter and Ernst Mittermair

Woodcrafter

Darren Myburgh, Gys Potgieter and Ernst Mittermair

Tree

African Ebony

Common name

Jackalberry Tree

 

JACKALBERRY DINING TABLE

Fire and water meet in this beautiful creation – a celebration of nature! This jackalberry tree died in a fire and the remnants of the burn marks can be seen on the top slab, creating a natural river formation down the centre of the table. A perfect conversation starter for every feast.

DESIGNERS

Gys Potgieter: Gys Potgieter is the visionary and owner of Kuni, a master of his craft and doing what he loves – crafting wood by hand. He favours indigenous wooden slabs and his designs flow with the shape, grain and nature of the slab. For Gys, the perfectly crafted furniture piece is as functional as it is beautiful. It is not about the extent or number of items produced, but about the passion and pride of producing a single, unique, handcrafted work of art, a natural object of lasting beauty.

Darren Myburgh: This young and inspiring designer studied industrial design at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing his studies, Darren spent a year as an FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) field guide – and this is where his love and appreciation for nature developed into a yearning to work with wood. He was destined to meet Gys Potgieter, who was soon fascinated and impressed with Darren’s passion for craftsmanship and design talent. This remarkable partnership in Kuni has realised Darren’s dream of designing unique, one-of-a-kind and high-end furniture.

Ernst Mittermair: The matumi desk is exceptionally versatile and can be used in many settings. The circular slab transforms it effortlessly from a desk into a meeting table or a luncheon corner. With its attractive shape, it can be placed in the centre of an office or study. Two different wooden slabs were used and joined together with doggy-bone inserts to prevent splitting, and it also adds a modern, quirky touch. The oval-shaped legs are cut from solid wood and connected with a beautiful interlocked panel of matumi strips.

 


THE JACKALBERRY TREE

DESCRIPTION

The jackalberry varies from a shrub to a large tree with a long straight stem.

WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?

The tree is found throughout Africa and most commonly grows in the savannas.

THE WOOD

The wood is hard and heavy with a fine grain, and very suitable for floors, high-quality furniture, cabinets, musical instruments and turnery. The trunks are also used to make canoes.

INTERESTING FACTS

The wood is characterised by knots and ranges in colour from light reddish-brown to very dark brown – which makes it a lovely wood to create intricate carvings.

ELEVATION DRAWINGS

PHOTOGRAPHIC ANGLES

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