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Green and Green Style Chest

Here is a medium sized chest with some Greene and Greene influence. Solid sapele, lined with cedar and with a cherry finish. L 45, W 19, D 18

Greene and Greene Wall Sconce Completed

In June of this year Kathy and I traveled to Paoli Indiana to spend three days with Dale Barnard at his woodworking shop.  Dale is recognized as one of the premier builders of furnishings in the Greene and Greene style. Our goal was to build two Greene and Greene style wall sconces that would eventually find a place in our home. 

Kathy took on the leaded glass part while I tackled the wood part.  Both involved three full days of very intricate and exacting work.  At times I did not think we would finish but with Dale’s patience and direction we left Paoli with two beautiful pieces.

Below is the finished product along with a photo of us with us with Dale.

Greene and Greene Cabinet

Recently I completed work on a project I have wanted to do for some time.  I built a Greene and Greene inspired cabinet based on a design by Dale Barnard, a craftsman from Paoli Indiana. Below is a picture of Dale’s cabinet.

Cabinet by Dale Barnard

It is based on a cabinet built by the Greene’s at the William R Thorsen House in Berkley California.  Here is a picture of the Thorsen House original cabinet.

You can see how this cabinet would inspire many a craftsman to want to build something as beautiful and well designed as the Green’s work in the Thorsen House. Notice the leaded glass panels in the door.

Here are a few pictures of the cabinet I built. I used sapele, a wood from Africa that comes close to the appearance of genuine mahogany.

The cabinet itself was not to difficult but the door posed some challenges. The door itself is set in 1/4 inch from the frame and the mutins (vertical) and rail (horizontal) pieces are also each on a different plane, sightly offset from each other as shown below.

Here is the finished cabinet.

Finished cabinet with clear glass, the plans call for some stained glass but I’ve been to busy to do that. I hope to get to it this winter.

One unique feature is the removable finger joint piece that reveals a secret hiding space. It is held in place by magnets.

Kitchen Workstation

Here is a kitchen workstation I recently built for my sister in law Lani who is a wonderful chef. She gave me the dimensions and some ideas she wanted and left the details up to me. It’s quite large; the top is 48” X 32” and the height is 34”

The legs and apron are made of white ash. I rarely stain any of my projects since I always love the natural look of wood grain. For this project, I used India ink to ‘ebonize’ the ash and create a pleasing contrast with the cherry top. India Ink is translucent and allows the grain to show through so when finished with a lacquer it gives quite a stunning appearance.

The top is done with 1 ½ inch solid black cherry with 5 coats of a waterborne urethane finish.

The two slatted shelves are made of ash with a clear lacquer finish.

Wenge and Ash Console Table

Below is a console table constructed of wenge, a very dark African wood and white ash that I source locally. The table is 44″ L, 29″ H and 10″ D. The legs have a moderate taper on two sides and are joined to the aprons using mortise and tenon.

A Pair of Cradles

Both of my children celebrated the birth of their first child this year so it is only natural that I built each of them a cradle. I used the time tested swinging cradle design and chose to use ash for the the upright supports and walnut for the basket. Here is a few pictures of the finished cradles.

From The Scrap Heap

One thing common to all wood workers is scrap material left over from a past project or in my case and all to often mistake. Rather than toss it out or burn it I prefer to recycle it to something useful. So, a few times a year I take a couple of days and produce a number of items that eventually I give away for holidays or special occasions. Anything from cutting boards, sushi boards, boxes, clocks and coasters end up as well received gifts.

 Graduation Gift

Below is a gift I made for my daughters friend Angela who received her PhD Degree from Penn State in December 2019. She and her husband Mike bought their first house this year as well so it’s a combination graduation house warming gift. A wine cabinet meant to hang on a wall. Simple clean lines, made from sapele with a lighter maple back for contrast.