Gil Arad’s Mulberry and Ash Table

Mulberry and Ash TableMy friend Gil Arad, an Israeli woodworker who lives, works and teaches in a small village outside of Jerusalem has recently published a really cool video that depicts the kind of work that he does. More and more woodworkers are commissioning “about my work” videos as a means of promoting their work, but few of them actually show a project from start to finish. Gil (pronounced Geel) has an introduction video that actually does show a project from start to finish, his mulberry and ash table.

In his video, Gil shows how he designed and built a three legged table made from a live edge mulberry trunk crosscut (for the top) and ash for the hoops and the legs. Watch the video, it is fun and only four minutes long. Then, take a look at my drawings in case you need to clarify the design of his unique joints. 

 

— Yoav Liberman

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About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.

7 thoughts on “Gil Arad’s Mulberry and Ash Table

  1. Francis

    Oy — that I could be a spider on the wall of his shop. Awesome incorporation of skills and tools.

  2. tsstahl

    Holy shnikes that was cool! I so wanted to see more of the model.

    I’m also impressed about how much curve the steam bending produced in one go.

    I also want to see a close-up of the scarf joint in the bottom skirt.

    In short, I guess the video did what it was supposed to do. 🙂

    1. Yoav LibermanYoav Liberman Post author

      I am interested in all of the above too. I assume that the four minutes clip is actually a boiled down version of many more minutes of shooting that were left out. I will write to Gil and see if he, and the folks who worked on the video, are interested in making a longer version.

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