Building a Mystery

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Oh, this is a showstopper. It’s clearly my favorite of all the pieces here; beautifully restrained; beautiful design; execution exquisite. First class cabinetry. I can’t stop with the superlatives! Very, very, very nice.
— Judge (Northern Woods Exhibition)

The rich colors of kwila and makore give this cabinet a quiet yet commanding presence. The veneers were carefully sawn from planks and arranged to provide a unique sense of refinement for the piece.

The beveled kwila parquetry, inspired by Mama's quilts, elevates the winged kwila top and dances across the top edges of the gently curved doors. Opening the doors releases the wonderful mellow aroma of Port Orford cedar that lines the cabinet. Inside you’ll find a generous storage area that includes two adjustable shelves with hand-shaped support pegs and three hand-cut dovetailed drawers.

This piece was awarded “Best-in-Show” at the 2010 Northern Woods Exhibition in Edina, Minnesota, and featured in the Readers Gallery of Fine Woodworking magazine, Issue #217, 2011 and Woodwork magazine Gallery, Issue #117, 2011.

Materials Kwila, makore, Port Orford cedar, kauri, bigleaf maple and shop-made brass hardware

Finish Shellac and beeswax polish

Dimensions 18 5/8" deep x 39 1/4" wide x 39 5/8" tall

Status Available for purchase.