Customers' Scrap Book #7
A Brief Editorial:
Here begins Scrap-Book # 7. It occurs to me I have made a lot of wooden things over the years. Strange, but I still feel I'm still learning. Perhaps this is the key to the mastery of a thing. The feeling you are never done mastering it. A little too philosophical for you, you say? Can't say I disagree. Regardless, be sure to check out my earlier Scrap Books.
A Tall SKinny Jewelry Box
Now and again the things work out that I am annoyed at something being under foot once too often at the same time I don't have a lot of real work to do, so I get all creative-like. Here, fr'instance, is a 48" tall cherry and faux-finish jewelry box on Shaker legs.
Howard's Collection of Napoleon-ana, (Bonapartisms?):
I don't know what to call it, but if there is a category called Americana, I feel justified in coining the word "Napoleonana." Howard -a good old boy from Long Island and a yachtsman of the first stripe- collects stuff from Napoleon. We are kicking around some drawer designs for the smaller items in his collection, and I can't take credit for any of the display stuff you see here, but I think it's a beautifull collection and worth a look-see anyway.
Another Display-Case Case.
Not a typo. I made this case to hold other (smaller) display cases.
Jack in New Jersey collects knives and (wisely) keeps them in these 2x12x18" display cases. He has so many of them that he came to me to build him what I call a display-case case. (Not a typo.) Note the fancy mahogany inlay along the edges. Jack wanted something simple, but I decided he needed just a little fussiness.
The Dog Sculptor:
(The dog is the sculptor -it's not a sculpture of a dog. And I checked the spelling damn-it. Twice! )
Another example of the sort of thing for which I LOVE make custom shadow boxes. Permit me to introduce Jack. His people call him "100+ pounds of love." Jack is many things besides love, he's obviously strong, and apparently a little impatient. He enjoys his canned dog-food but doesn't need to bother pestering his people and their can-opener things to do so.
The little plaque that you can't read says, "Jack Burke 2010".
A dang good thing he is all love too. If he weren't, he clearly could do just fine with out we bi-pedal can-opening car-driving descendents of monkeys.
This is a semi-custom case I made for a chap down Fort Worth way for his son's military medal collection. It holds six 12 x 16" Riker mounts and a single drawer at the bottom -for the accouterments of collecting and all. Note the bottom-most Riker. It's 1 ¾" high while the rest of them are 7/8." Also note the 'window' in the top.
What is so keen about Rikers is that they are drawers, displays, and little protective capsules all in one. Furthermore, they are easily swapped up and down in the drawer case, (the one that sits under the window can be swapped around too), or they can be taken out, framed, & hung on the wall.
Big Drawer Case for her Husband's Tattoo Machine Collection:
Mr. Smith is a lucky man. His wife had me make this great tall mother of a drawer case for Christmas. She also had a brass plaque made and sent to me to mount on the underside of the lid. It's mahogany-stained oak, with a gang lock. The top is to hold the various power suplies for the machines. And the plaque. The bottom 3 drawers are actually a single file drawer.
I'm a little embarrassed to have taken a pix w/ the top cut off, but the thing is so big that I couldn't get far enough away to get it all in.