Posted on 08/12/2013

Photo taken on August 11, 2013

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A Beauty

A Beauty
Gramma Lori, (of the Spokane Grammas), built this beautiful bookcase for me for my art books. I use to do woodworking, eons ago, so I am familiar with the general challenges this represented although not all of the specific ones. I never did marquetry nor dovetail joinery. But I dreamed about them! And I certainly never faced the challenges presented by ornery woods like purpleheart and yellowheart. But the little that I did gives me a deep appreciation (along with gratitude) for exactly what this case represents.

It weighs A LOT. With other woods the weight would probably have been half. I originally asked for ebony but we quickly discovered it was cost prohibitive and would have been maddening since it is like working with stone. The Fisherman had come for a visit about the same time, in February, and while out we got semi-lost (men don’t ever get totally lost) and stopped at a Woodcraft store along the way to ask for directions although I don’t remember either of us actually verbalizing this as the true intent. We spent awhile looking around before we ever asked anything. One of the things we took special note of was the purpleheart and yellowheart planks in the lumber section of the shop. I’d never seen anything like them before. As soon as I could, I sent an email to the woodcrafter to see if she had already ordered another kind of wood she had suggested and, if not, could we check out these two beauties.

I drew a rough plan which she polished up. The rest is not history but this heirloom quality piece.

These photographs are not adjusted in any way. Dumped directly from the camera. All camera settings were neutral (neutral sharpening, neutral color, etc.). So the color really is how this looked yesterday early evening in the sun casting across the drawing area of my living room. The grain of the wood shimmers in the light. This is due in part to final preparation of the surface as well as the finish which was applied in several coats by hand (meaning literally hand, not brush in hand).

More pictures at another time.

Holai Holbrook
Holai Holbrook
i am so glad to see the finished product. it is gorgeous.
4 years ago.