Walnut bureau, 36”Hx42”Wx18.25”D; oil and shellac finish
A friend and resident of Historic Waterford possesses a period chest of drawers dated to ca. 1780 and I admire that chest of drawers every time I visit. I decided to build a piece based on the admirable dimensions of that original. The original is Cherry, mine is Walnut. For Sale $4900
Curly Walnut end table/nightstand; 27”Hx16.5”Wx16.5”D
I had just the right size board of Curly Walnut for a top and just the right size of Crotch Walnut for a small drawer front. That was the inspiration for this beautiful, functional little table. The finish is oil and shellac.
Figured Cherry tall chest of drawers with dovetailed case & drawers and bracket feet, 54” high x36” wide x18” deep
An example of my own design, this tall chest of drawers is made of Cherry that I purchased after it had been air dried in a barn for 30 years. It has beautiful figure and a warm, antique Cherry color. The case is dovetailed together with the drawer dividers being dovetailed to the case sides. The drawers are joined with hand-cut dovetails and the drawer lip was accomplished with chisel and shoulder plane. The bracket feet are also dovetailed together. I let the Cherry oxidize for a few months before finishing for a deeper color. It is finished with boiled linseed oil and hand-padded garnet shellac.
Coffin clock made of crotch mahogany, 32” high x 10” wide x 5.5” deep; oil and shellac finish
So named because of their shape, a coffin clock was a less expensive time keeping acquisition than a tall case clock. The case of this coffin clock is dovetailed together. It has a brass Hermle 8-day movement with a chime on the hour and half hour.
Walnut Pembroke table inlaid with sand-shaded holly, shop sawn crotch birch veneer, with crotch walnut drawer 28.5” high x 26” deep x 14” wide when closed, 25” wide when open
This Pembroke table is based on several period examples, but is an original design. It features shop-sawn crotch Birch veneer, Holly stringing and sand-shaded inlay. The finish is oil, shellac, and wax.
Set of two walnut side chairs with bookmatched crotch walnut splats, oil and shellac finish, slip seat, 41” high total; 19” seat height, 18” seat width, 16.5” seat depth
Based on several surviving examples from the Philadelphia area around 1750, these Queen Anne side chairs are made of Walnut with matching, re-sawn crotch Walnut splats. The slip seat can easily be reupholstered in a different fabric. The finish is oil and shellac.
Period Windsor Chair finished with black milk paint, 38” overall height, 18” seat height, 22” width at crest rail, 15.5” width at seat, 16” deep at seat.
This Fanback Windsor shares elements with several different surviving examples. The seat is Pine, the legs, stretchers, and stiles are Hard Maple, the spindles and crest rail are White Oak. It is finished with traditional black milk paint.