I am building a low coffee table out of a lovely piece of burled Swiss pear.
The top will be around 2.5 cm (1") thick and supported by 4 legs with a gentle curve and an oval cross section. The look I'm after is something elegant and feminine (the table is for a single mother friend of ours). I do almost all my work with hand tools and have a few spokeshaves but have not had reason to use them really till now.
To give a better idea on dimensions the overall height of the legs will be somewhere around 35 cm (14"), with a curve deflection of around 5 cm (2") at the apex point of deflection which will be at about 8 cm (3") off the floor. Maximum dimension of the cross section should be around 4 cm (1.5").
Any ideas on woods I should consider for the legs? I want to minimize problems with tearout so don't want anything with interlocking grain.....basically the ideal for me would be a good beginners wood for getting into spokeshave work that also is stable and suited to table construction. Visually I am not after anything to compete with the table top as the focus will be on the burled figure of the pear.
Spokeshaver gurus....what say you?