With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts I was able to spend time developing some of my furniture design ideas this past summer. I am pleased to be finally sharing the first work of this new series. The lovely photos were taken by Claude Dagenais.
Here is the latest kid to leave the house. This manuscript cabinet was started back in August and was completed and delivered this week to a very happy private client. The upper portion is made of “African olive wood”which is how it was sold to me…I am not sure if there are actual olives that grow on this tree, I think the wood merely resembles real olive wood . In any case it is truly lovely wood and is really really nice to work with! The upper box contains two drawers constructed of hand cut dovetails and feature maple drawer slides that also serve as pulls. The lower unit will serve as a shelving unit for manuscripts this particular client deals with on a daily basis. Thanks Claude for the great images! www.twohumans.com
Here is a shot of the drawer box of the manuscript cabinet finally assembled. The corners are all reinforced mitre joints so the parts all had to come together simultaneously. I used “Titebond” extend glue which gave me a bit more time to get everything aligned before the glue set , although I still had to move like hell. (I hate using epoxy…even though it gives you lots of time to get things right)It required 45 clamps to get all the seams tight.
I hope this is a good enough answer to all of those who have visited my shop and asked if I really need all those clamps!
I have started work on a showcase for a private client that will house a collection of contemporary ceramic bowls by a noted British ceramic artist. Here are a few images of the frame under construction, note the scale of the joinery which requires extreme focus and precision…stressful but satisfying