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Canada Lily Marquetry Bookcase

Canada Lily Marquetry Bookcase   Size: 72″ high by 36″ wide by 16″ deep Materials: Wenge, Makore, various marquetry woods, and Mother of Pearl Description: This bookcase features marquetry of yellow Canada Lilies on a curly Makore background framed in solid Wenge.  There is also a Mother of Pearl dragonfly inlayed on one side panel.  The shelves are adjustable. This bookcase was designed to match another cabinet I built for the same client years ago with all the same design details, here’s a link to the Canada Lily Cabinet page....

Stickley Inspired Table with Silver and Copper Inlay

Stickley Inspired Table with Silver and Copper Inlay   Size: 30″ high by 33″ wide by 14″ deep Materials: Curly Claro Walnut, Maple Burl, Walnut, Sterling Silver, and Copper Description: This piece of furniture has a number of firsts for me, it’s the first Stickley inspired piece I have built and it is the first time I have done a serious amount of metal inlay. The table has a combination of Sterling Silver and Copper inlays on the top and front in the form of line inlay and a series of diamond shaped and square medallions.  The table is built from one very nice board of Curly Claro Walnut and a batch of nicely...

Macassar Ebony Box

Macassar Ebony Box Size: 3.5″ high by 16″ wide by 14″ deep Materials: Macassar Ebony, Mother of Pearl, Calfskin, and Stainless Steel Description: An elegant Macassar Ebony box with delicate inlays of Mother of Pearl, made from Ebony veneer resawn from a single small board. The hinges are polished Stainless Steel, as are the screws holding them in place. The interior is lined with soft black Calfskin. The finish is polyester that has been highly polished....

Birds and Berries Cabinet

Birds and Berries Cabinet Size: 48″ high by 30″ wide by 16″ deep Materials: Mahogany, Figured Koa, Karelian Burl, Curly Sycamore, and various marquetry woods Description: This liquor cabinet is decorated with marquetry imagery of two birds perched on a branch of Holly berries. It is a continuation of the fall colors theme I’ve used in a variety of marquetry pieces in the past. The interior is veneered in Curly Sycamore to create a nice contrast to the warm colors of the...

Serpentine Media Center

Serpentine Media Center Size: 102″ long by 20″ deep by 34″ high Materials: Honduran Mahogany, Bird’s Eye Maple, Maple, Ebony, and various marquetry woods Description: This serpentine media center was created for an East Coast client that needed space to store electronic components underneath a wall mounted flat screen TV.  We designed the cabinet so the electronics were stored in a tall cabinet with a tambour door next to a lowered serpentine cabinet section.  The flat screen TV mounts above the lowered section of the cabinetry.  To further enhance the visual appeal of the cabinet we added...

Automaton Mechanical Table

Automaton Mechanical Table Size: 20″ wide by 20″ deep by 34″ high Materials: Pau Ferro, Maple Burl, Ebony, Maple, Stainless Steel, and various marquetry woods Description: My latest work exploring mechanical furniture and hidden compartments is some of the most expensive furniture I build due to the highly complex design and fabrication process. Depending on the complexity of the internal mechanisms and the variety of hidden details incorporated into the design the cost can easily exceed $35,000 for one of these highly unique pieces. This Art Deco Table is a mechanical table that has at its core mechanical...

Art Deco Puzzle Cabinet

Art Deco Puzzle Cabinet Size: 42″ wide by 18″ deep by 34″ high Materials: Etimoe, Amboyna Burl, Curly Sycamore, Maple Burl, Ebony, and various marquetry woods Description: This Art Deco cabinet was designed for a puzzle collector and incorporates several puzzles and hidden details in the construction, it is the second in a growing series of mechanical furniture pieces I have built.  There is a 25 piece sliding tile puzzle with a marquetry picture of two birds on some flowering branches in the top.  It is hidden by a sliding cover opened with a hidden magnetic key.  Next to the puzzle is a secret...

Opal and Ebony Inlayed Dining Table

Opal and Ebony Inlayed Dining Table Materials: Cherry, Ebony, Synthetic Opal, Holly, and Alder. Description: This small dining table started with a very good clients need for a table to fit inside their breakfast nook, which also happened to be the focal point of the kitchen/dining area of the home.  We started with a bookmatched Cherry top made with two beautiful wide Cherry boards and added inlays of blue/green Opal, Ebony and Holly.  The Opal was nested inside a thin Ebony border and the Holly was added around the perimeter of the table to highlight the gently curved edges.  Since having very accurate inlays was important I...

Art Deco Table with Trompe L’oeil Interior

Art Deco Table with Trompe L’oeil Interior Size: 38″ wide by 19″ wide by 30″ high Materials: Pau Ferro, Quilted Maple, Macassar Ebony, and various marquetry woods Description: This Art Deco table is my first exploration into Trompe L’oeil marquetry imagery and mechanical furniture.  The table commission itself began as a nice Deco style table without any of the extra details.  To that base we added the two pop out drink trays in Maple and Ebony with polished Stainless Steel inserts.  We then began discussing what to do with the interior space of the central column.  A variety of ideas were tossed about until...

Ginkgo Leaf Marquetry Buffets

Ginkgo Leaf Marquetry Buffets Materials: Claro Walnut and Curly Sycamore, Cherry and Bird’s Eye Maple.  Both with various marquetry woods. Description: A pair of marquetry cabinets featuring marquetry imagery of Ginkgo leaves flowing through the four seasons as they wander across the cabinets.  These two cabinets were built as a Spring and Fall pair to showcase how different wood selections can alter the look and feel of a piece of furniture.  With identical marquetry on both pieces the only difference comes from the primary and background wood selections.  I have a favorite of the two but they both turned out...

Curly Ash and Walnut Bedroom Set

Curly Ash and Walnut Bedroom Set Materials: Curly Ash Walnut and Maple Description: This bedroom set was designed for a small bedroom and incorporates some extra storage in the drawers under the queen size bed.  The design concept for this room was to create furniture with a variety of subtle related curves and in a roughly Asian/Arts and Crafts feel.  The nightstands have two small drawers and a slide out tray as well as a lower removable shelf that can be used as a serving...

Cherry and Koa Marquetry Buffet and China Cabinets

Cherry and Koa Marquetry Buffet and China Cabinets Materials: Cherry, Figured Koa, Maple, Mother of Pearl, Abalone, Reconstituted Stone, and Ebony Description: These two pieces are the final parts of the dining set I began earlier this year; they stand along side the Carpathian Elm and Cherry Dining Set and tie into the overall theme of this house with the use of Calla Lily flower and dragonfly accents, both of which appear in numerous other locations throughout the home.  The Calla Lily marqurety was again done in all natural wood tones without the use of any dyed veneer to keep the feel natural and not overpowering.   Some interesting...

Cherry and Maple Burl Bedroom Suite

Cherry and Maple Burl Bedroom Suite Materials: Cherry, Maple Burl, Maple, and Ebony Description: This bedroom set was designed along with the Mahogany and Anigre Bedroom Suite for another bedroom in the large Arts and Crafts style home.  The continuing design idea is to create multiple rooms of furniture utilizing a variety of curves and slightly different styles while maintaining a roughly Asian/Arts and Crafts feel in each room. The materials in this set are Cherry and Maple Burl with some Ebony inlay and interior details in Maple.  The desk chair is upholstered in dark leather which mates well with the Ebony inlay and...

Mahogany and Anigre Bedroom Suite

Mahogany and Anigre Bedroom Suite Materials: Honduran Mahogany, Curly Anigre, Maple, and Ebony Description: This suite of furniture was designed for the guest room in an Arts and Crafts style home. The idea was to incorporate subtle curves in each of the pieces to bring a slightly Asian feel to the set while keeping the designs clean and simple. The materials are Honduran Mahogany and Figured Anigre with interior details in Maple. The handmade hardware is from Avigal David in Isreal and turned out beautifully. The small desk has two slide out Maple trays behind the doors for easy access to the interior space....

Carpathian Elm Burl and Cherry Dining Set 2

Carpathian Elm Burl and Cherry Dining Set 2   Size: Dining Table 108″ long by 36″-46″ wide Materials: Carpathian Elm Burl, Cherry, Macassar Ebony, Mother of Pearl, Gaboon Ebony Description: This is the second version I have created of my Carpathian Elm and Cherry Dining Set, this one is quite a bit larger than the previous version though ending up 9 feet long and nearly 4 feet wide at the widest point (the sides of the top curve in toward the ends). The initial inspiration for this commission came when the client saw an image of the original table and chairs on a site that shows some of my work, Fine Wood...

Art Deco Club Chairs and Ottoman

Art Deco Club Chairs and Ottoman The design of these Art Deco club chairs with matching ottoman began with an image of a 1920’s art deco chair the client found, unfortunately I don’t know who the maker might have been but it’s probably not a Ruhlmann design.  Neither of us really liked the large areas of upholstery on the original 1920’s chair and the client very much wanted wooden outer panels so we could feature some interesting wood grain. Along that line I found some Imbuya Burl veneer at Certainly Wood that the client loved.  We originally set out to use some nice dark Claro Walnut as the frame...

Art Deco Chess Table 2

Art Deco Chess Table 2 Size: 24″ square by 34″ high Materials: Walnut, Walnut Burl, Holly, Ebony, and Maple Description: This is the second version of my original Art Deco inspired Chess Table, this one in Walnut and Holly with a playing surface of Walnut Burl and Holly.  There is one drawer for chess piece storage in Maple lined with dark brown velvet.  The finish is semi-gloss Lacquer and the top has been rubbed to a nice sheen. You can see in the front profile photo the delicate proportions of this chess table design and how the overall shapes are refined and minimal.  These features are present in...

Diamond Parquetry Cabinet #2

Diamond Parquetry Cabinet #2 Size: 30″ high by 19″ deep by 38″ wide Materials: Walnut, Curly Anigre, Block Figure Anigre, Wenge Description: Another small cabinet featuring parquetry diamonds in a Harlequin pattern of alternating colors, this time Walnut and Curly Anigre.  The top is veneered in a beautiful bookmatched set of block figured Anigre with darker yellow and red colors than are normally seen in Anigre. To accent the lines and angles of the cabinet I’ve added Wenge detailing and inlay along many of the borders and intersections and around the top veneer and feet.  The interior is veneered in curly Anigre...

Cherry and Anigre Liquor Cabinet

Cherry and Anigre Liquor Cabinet Size: 16″ deep by 32″ wide by 42″ high Materials: Cherry, Curly Anigre, Maple, Glass Description: This cabinet was designed and built afer I completed a long series of complex curved work.  My intention was to design a small cabinet using only straight lines and planes.  There is a pattern of Cherry inlays in the panels that break up the large surfaces and also give the cabinet a slightly Japanese appearance; something akin to a simplified Shoji style screen appears in the door panels.  The interior is veneered in Maple for contrast with the Anigre and Cherry exterior and there are two...

Cherry and Carpathian Elm Burl Desk and Chair Set

Cherry and Carpathian Elm Burl Desk and Chair Set Size: 42″ long by 24″ wide by 30″ high Materials: Cherry, Carpathian Elm Burl, Ebony, and Macassar Ebony, Maple, Dyed Poplar Description: A delicate writing desk and arm chair in Cherry and Elm Burl with subtle detailing in Ebony and Macassar Ebony.  There are two small side drawers and one central curved drawer all with turned Ebony handles.  The left side drawer also has a bit of floral marquetry in the form of a couple Cherry Blossoms on a small branch.  The drawers and interior are Maple and the desk is finish with a combination of Conversion Varnish and...

Cherry and Elm Dining Chairs

Cherry and Elm Dining Chairs Size: 36″ high by 17″ deep by 17″ wide Materials: Cherry, Carpathian Elm Burl and Leather Description: Built to go with the Cherry and Elm Dining Table there are four side chairs and two arm chairs.  The design was refined through a number of prototypes and mockups to create a set of chairs that were very comfortable but also mate well with the dining table design.  The three curved backsplats, two in Cherry and one in Carpathian Elm Burl, are bent laminations that float in their mortises and flex slightly, making for more comfortable pressure against the back while...

Cherry and Carpathian Elm Dining Table

Cherry and Carpathian Elm Dining Table Size: 74″ long by 39″ wide by 30″ high Materials: Cherry, Carpathian Elm Burl, Ebony, and Macassar Ebony Description: This Cherry wood dining table uses a special batch of Carpathian Elm Burl veneer in a four way bookmatch to create a light colored area of burl in the center of the table.  The top also has Macassar Ebony crossbanding with two Ebony inlays surrounding the Elm Burl center.  The solid Cherry table base design has a slightly Asian Arts and Crafts look and also features panels of Carpathian Elm veneer as accents in the end trestles and along the lower cross...