Not all the alphabets I carve are endangered. Some are simply beautiful and fun to carve. This pair of bedside tables features the Chinese characters for “Man” and “Woman” and the design has a Yin-Yang quality: one has a maple top with cherry legs, the other a cherry top with maple legs. Price: $425 each or $750 together

Coming soon: a coffee table with the character for “Family.”

All sales of carvings support the non-profit work of the Endangered Alphabets Project. Twenty percent of all profits go to Rokpa International, supporting sick and homeless children in the Himalayas. To order, or to inquire about commissions, email