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Alton Hall Chest

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Project by bbrown posted 01-11-2020 01:18 AM 943 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on a piece at Aston Hall, Birmingham, England ca. 1777

Serpentine drawers
figured walnut
drawer fronts crotch walnut
ebony cock-beaded drawers
block ogee feet
Londonderry brasses hand forged
Chippendale style
rubbed shellac & wax finish
33 1/2” high, 42” top at widest, 22” deep
4 months to build

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com





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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 01-11-2020 02:25 AM

Gorgeous work.
Love all the detail and the figured walnut.
Serpentine drawers are outstanding.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

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shipwright

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#2 posted 01-11-2020 02:27 AM

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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shipwright

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#3 posted 01-11-2020 02:29 AM

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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shipwright

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#4 posted 01-11-2020 02:30 AM

Very nice work!
Try making a small change (like a little crop) to the file after rotating it but before posting it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 01-11-2020 02:46 AM

Wow. Amazing work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 01-11-2020 03:02 AM

Fantastically detailed work. Really beautiful!

-- AJ

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metolius

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#7 posted 01-11-2020 03:54 AM

that deserves praise and admiration throughout its lifetime
its a rare specimen

i am especially excited about detail on the feet and how they are pulled outward by the serpentine front.

-- derek / oregon

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Peteybadboy

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#8 posted 01-11-2020 11:07 AM

Amazingly good work! To fix your photos go to your PC and crop the photo “a little’ then repost. That works for me.

This is one of the best works I have seen on LJ. Well done

-- Petey

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ronstar

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#9 posted 01-11-2020 12:24 PM

Wow! Amazing!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#10 posted 01-11-2020 01:05 PM

Spectacular masterpiece and wood choices.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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bbrown

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#11 posted 01-11-2020 01:24 PM

Thanks everyone!

—Bill

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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Charles Maxwell

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#12 posted 01-11-2020 01:48 PM

It’s masterful! Off the charts beautiful. Exquisite woods and craftsmanship… absolutely love it!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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oldrivers

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#13 posted 01-11-2020 01:50 PM

Really beautiful! Fantastically detailed work. Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#14 posted 01-11-2020 01:59 PM

For those who don’t know, Camden, Maine is one of the nicest (and touristy) Maine coastal seaside towns. It and Neighboring Rockland are known as meccas of artisan, craft, and music.

bbrown: I live in Southern Maine. In the 70’s I attended, and graduated, if you can call it that, from the luthiery school that Nick Appolonio ran at the time in Camden where he lived. I was 21 years old. We jammed with John Fahey, Gordon Bok, and Paul Stookey all who had guitars made by Nick and dropped by during that time to visit or have their instruments worked on. Kottke was what I aspired to as a player.

Your hall chest is simply amazing. The detail is something beyond the ability and patience of most. Bravo, very impressive. That crotch grain on the drawers is something you rarely see in non-antique furniture. Thanks for posting this.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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bbrown

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#15 posted 01-11-2020 02:14 PM

Wow, what great stuff, “COTLake”! I’m a huge Kottke and Fahey fan and play a lot of their stuff…....

https://www.youtube.com/c/WilliamBrownGuitar
I also aspired to play like Kottke, but after 30 years it finally dawned on me that his genius is not achievable.

Did Fahey and Kottke come up to Maine?
Would love to meet you. Come up to Camden; maybe take a class – the camaraderie alone should be a lot of fun.

—Bill
www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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