Showcase #1 Custom Armoire
Spalted maple provides the ‘wow factor’ for this beautiful custom built armoire from fine furniture maker Jacques Breau. ‘Spalted’ maple is not, technically speaking, an actual species of maple, but instead it describes any piece of maple that has been allowed to begin the initial stages of decay, but then subsequently dried. The drying prevents further decay from occurring. The partial decay, or spalting, is responsible for giving the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus had started to attack the wood. Skilled and knowledgeable woodworkers can recognize the right moment to ‘rescue’ maple from the spalting, so that the lumber is still be sound and usable, and at the same time exhibits fabulous one-of-a-kind organic patterns.
Story: Jacques says of this armoire “With this piece, my priority was to highlight the amazing spalted maple while building a relatively large case piece. I wanted to counter balance the maple with a glassed–in showcase portion at the top of the cabinet. This, I feel, gives the cabinet a very grounded presence.”
Materials: This armoire is built from spalted western maple with contrasting elements in brown doussié and Port Orford cedar
Dimensions: 48″ H x 26″ L x 13″ W