Japanese Contemplation Shelf

Japanese Contemplation Shelf

Japanese meditation shelf by Brian Benham

This shelf was made to complement the Japanese Contemplation Bench for my client’s spa room.  While designing it the client showed me a rake he uses to rake the rocks in his Japanese Zen garden that was held together with a wedge.  He asked if I could incorporate that concept into his shelf.

The shelves are fixed with through tenons mortised into the sides and each tenon his held tight in place with a wedge.  The top and bottom of the shelf sides have an arch cut into them to add visual interest.  The whole shelf is made from walnut and finished with a satin finish.

Sizes are approximate

30″ tall
25″ wide
12″ deep

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These projects are some of my recent works, which shows my commitment to producing quality well designed and handcrafted furniture. They were selected to show my depth of experience in designing unique pieces, as well as my ability to execute a high level of craftsmanship to bring them into the world. If you would like to see further examples of my work you can view a more in-depth portfolio here.