Smal dining room cabinet in silver birch, carved in the familys style.

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Project by koraile posted 12-24-2014 02:00 PM 4646 views 21 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A smal dining room cabinet, i cant remember the English name for it, but its used to store dishes and tablecloths and forks,knives, and in the old days the servants found what they needed to sett up a dinner table in it.

Carved in silver Birch and the patterns are my Familys accantus style, it have some of the old lokal styles in it, that the accantus when it arrived in the area around 1500 blended smootlesly With, and became the Familys and areas style from that time and to now, With some changes ounderway.

Also made for a private customer, patterns are copyrighted.

The customer was so happy With the first one he ordered 3 more. There is two things missing, that i made afther the photos was taken, and thats a smal back topp With the same intricate carving and the handleknobbs for the doors i turned in raindeer horn With a small carving on, so the ones in this pic got switched out.
The carpentry is also complicated and it have copper innlays between some of joints to have a contrast to the Wood.

(you dont realy see any of the copper here, this is the first time i putt all the parts together, so it was still a little fine adjustments left, and also the colouring ofc, i used the same type of patina and prosses as on the dragon portal that i posted earlier. There is also missing a copper list on the bottom plate, and copper rings around the base and topp of the pillars. you can see the copper on the topp in one of the pics, but its hard to spott in that light)

Hope you like it!

And to those that celebrate Christmas, a merry Christmas to you and yours and a happy New year!


-- Bard son of iver

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#1 posted 12-24-2014 02:03 PM

Beautiful Cabinet. Nice carving.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 02:11 PM

very very beautiful, i love it. i would definitely like to learn how to make one of these at some point. well done on a spectacular project!

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 02:26 PM

Very impressive!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 02:31 PM

beautiful workmanship, at least a 100 out of 10. Merry Chistmas to you to

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 02:44 PM

Looks amazing!

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#6 posted 12-24-2014 02:45 PM

Beautiful cabinet. Great carving job on it!! It is professional!!

Merry Christmas….....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-24-2014 03:10 PM

looks great

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#8 posted 12-24-2014 03:47 PM

Truly outstanding craftsmanship Bard. If you don’t mind me asking …how long would a piece like that take to build? Merry Christmas Bard.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 12-24-2014 04:31 PM

Yooww!! That piece is beautiful to say the least! Your craftsmanship shows through here.

And I think the English word you are looking for is “Sideboard”???

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 12-24-2014 04:38 PM

Exquisite! I’m overwhelmed by your talent. Beautiful!

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#11 posted 12-24-2014 04:45 PM


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#12 posted 12-24-2014 07:44 PM

I can’t even wrap my mind around how you artisans can create such precise art in wood. Absolutely stunning craftsmanship. Seriously. HOW does one find the patience.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#13 posted 12-24-2014 10:21 PM

Thanks for all the Nice comments :) @Mark that is a tricy question. The reason is it may wary, in this case the costumer said “i want the best you can make, cost dont mather” witch means that i can use the amount of time it takes to get it Perfect, those kinds of orders are rare. Normaly you have to Balance the finish/detailing With the amount of time you have for a Project and the price offered, in this case i could work until I was satisfied With the finish and detailing. (meaning a lott of carving done ounder a magnifier) As a example, the corner pillar is carved all around, also on the backside that dont realy show. I could do this pillar in a week and a half, just a bit less perfection on the finish. But in this case it should be Perfect, so between 70-100 hours on the corner pillar. Thats 1 pillar..

I have carved similar Things for some of the royal families in europe, that have had even higher standards to the finish, but it might also be the other way, the coustumer wants something like this but cant afford the price for that exstra detailed finsish, and then you have to find a Balance that satisfies the coustomer and also gives me a reasonable price for the Project.

If i dont remember wrongly, the price for this one was ca 25000 euros. But the time i used totaly is hard to say, i had like 10 Projects going at the same time. A loose estimate without checking the records would be like 600-700 hours, at least. the carpentry is also wery timeconsuming, its all done in the old way, the drawers With hidden dovetails, and all joints and connections done in the old way, and by hand, nothing is sanded exept the planes without ornaments.
I never sand carvings by the way, they should be Perfect just by the use of irons, if i had sandpaper on my carving bench my father grandfather or his father would have slapped me on the fingers. Sandpaper and woodcarving is a no no in my world, they simply dont belong together :) I might be old fashioned, but im the 8 generation woodcarver, i will stick to those traditions, as those before me have done. there is ofc a certain personal craftmans honour in that.

@grumpymike thanks, that might be the Word i was looking for, in Norwegian the old Word is sjenk, the New one is something like serving cabinett.

-- Bard son of iver

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#14 posted 12-25-2014 12:05 AM

I stand in awe of your amazing craftsmanship. I love seeing projects by true masters like you because it’s an inspiration to those of us who dream of creating something like that.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#15 posted 12-25-2014 12:54 AM

600-700 hours—holy crap!!

That is a beautiful sideboard, and the carvings are just amazing! You’ve got a lot of talent, and the new owner is going to be very proud to display this!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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