Here are the professional photographs of Sensei from the man who has been photographing my work since 1981, Don Russel. There are a total of 8 different photos.
It’s been a long but very enjoyable process. From the first day of harvesting the logs to the last day of putting finish on the vessel, I have estimated well over 1,000 hours of labor. The total height of the vessel on the stand including the threaded lid is 57 inches tall. That is just 3 inches under 5 feet tall! The footprint is 22 inches.
The materials starting at the apex of the very top:
Quilted mahogany from “The Tree”
African blackwood with texture on the outside and hand chased threads on the inside
Snakewood, one of the rarest woods in the world, segmented with holly veneer
Ebony, segmented with holly veneer
Spalted, figured, Big Leaf Maple
Wenge & maple for the tapered, bentwood laminated legs
Wenge segmented with holly veneer for the rings that support the vessel