And It Was Only 2-1/2+ Years in the Works

In December of 2014 I was contacted by a man who had somehow tracked me down based on one of my old blog posts describing several of my earlier projects, including this replica from a decade ago.  He requested that I undertake a similar commission to build an iteration of an early 19th century writing desk, employing the furniture making technology of that period.

After much correspondence I agreed to give it a try,  but let him know it would be a great many months before I could begin.  At that time I had two book manuscripts to complete (Studley and Roubo on Furniture Making) in addition to the bajillion details inherent in creating the once-in-a-lifetime pinnacle-of-a-career exhibit of the H.O. Studley Tool Cabinet and Workbench.  In short, I accepted the project with the caveat that I could not even begin to turn my attention in that direction for at least eight months.

He agreed.


Fast forward to now.  Two books, one exhibit, a broken hip, and a broken arm later it’s done, and the delivery is on my calendar.  Over the next few weeks I will post several blog entries describing the project in probably far more detail than you want, but that’s the way it is.