Queen Anne Chest of Drawers
Walnut bureau made of crotch walnut in the Queen Anne style
In 2011, I harvested a very nice Walnut tree and I loaded it onto an old bulldozer trailer. I drove it to the sawyer and instructed him how I wanted it cut, knowing that in the future I wanted to build certain pieces of furniture with it. I air dried the boards for three years. As I was going through the pile, I knew I could make the crotch figure a prominent, striking feature of this bureau. It is not based on any one particular period piece, but rather my own design heavily influenced by several bureaus from the late 18th century with provenance in the Connecticut River Valley. In addition to the beautiful grain of the drawer fronts, this bureau features single, wide boards for the sides and top, which is over 20 inches wide. The finish is linseed oil, glaze, and shellac.