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Project by SteveAltman posted 03-27-2020 05:12 AM 1015 views 11 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago my wife and I visited Fallingwater, the summer residence Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the Kaufman family, south of Pittsburgh. It’s a wonderful experience. I mean, it’s not like on a street somewhere. It’s in the woods. Really! And for anyone interested in structure and design, as woodworkers usually are, it’s thrilling. A remarkable masterpiece. So much so it’s hard to imagine someone actually living there, as the Kaufmans did. Sort of like living in the Grand Canyon. Its beauty is just overwhelming.

But if you do go there definitely make time for Kentuck Knob, which is another house Wright designed, 7 miles from Fallingwater. It’s much smaller, built in Wright’s Usonian style. There’s a world renowned sculpture garden to wander through. And the house itself, situated on the top of a mountain (Kentuck Knob) is completely captivating. It’s beautiful, serene, cozy…it’s easy to imagine yourself living there. It’s a home for a family…hard to explain why it’s so inviting and appealing. My wife adored the place, liked it much more than Fallingwater. Architectural blasphemy!

Anyway, after our trip. I was trying to decide what to build next and just started fooling around with some lacewood. One thing led to another, as is usually the case. A few weeks later my wife was in the workshop with me – she often sits in a big leather chair in the corner – reading gardening magazines, and she looked at what I was working on and remarked “That reminds me of Kentuck Knob.” I guess it did.

It doesn’t really look like Kentuck Knob, not at all. Maybe it captures a shred of the feeling we got when we went there. I don’t know…

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 05:50 AM

Fantastic work! Nice story too.

My wife used to sit in the shop and knit… before we had children. Now she comes through on the way to one of the freezers out there, or to the attic to get a box of the next size up clothes or to fetch some yarn from her hoard, but has no time to linger. <sigh>

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#2 posted 03-27-2020 05:56 AM

That is one seriously intricate piece of workmanship!!

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 08:23 AM

Not even gonna bother using superlatives here. None will suffice. Congrats on your DT3! I do like that you didnt line all the compartments, that choice really adds some contrast.

And I am wondering if you cut those border/bandings by hand, or machined those? The pinkish wood, I mean.

I used to go fly fishing at a stream in Princeton, N.J., on Pretty Brook Road. And back in the woods there, was a F.L.W. house, which I always marvelled at as I was passing by. As I recall, i dont think a single tree was cut out to make room for the house, yet the gardens and wild-growth trees also seemed to be sculpted.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#4 posted 03-27-2020 10:03 AM

Different – I like it well done!!

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#5 posted 03-27-2020 10:07 AM

That is awesome!

-- Petey

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#6 posted 03-27-2020 10:35 AM

Excellent and beautiful….

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#7 posted 03-27-2020 10:45 AM

FLW is one of my favorite architects. I was introduced to his style of architecture in a college class many years ago and immediately was a fan. One of these days I want to make the trip to his Oak Park studio. There is also a FLW hotel in Mason City, IA that is on my list.

I think you found the essence of FLW style with your project. I don’t want to call it a box because it is much more than that. Excellent work

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 03-27-2020 12:32 PM

beautiful box, great execution. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 03-27-2020 12:35 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! Superb work!

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#10 posted 03-27-2020 01:19 PM

Woof that’s amazing wood and workmanship. Outstanding.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 03-27-2020 01:37 PM

wow gotta be one of the most beautiful boxes ive ever seen posted on this site.if wright were to make a box this would be it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 03-27-2020 01:50 PM

Everything works on this piece. Design, material, symmetry, workmanship. Truly an exception, in short ,beautiful!

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#13 posted 03-27-2020 01:57 PM

Same for me about superlatives, well except for WOW!!!!!

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#14 posted 03-27-2020 02:43 PM

This is an amazing piece! So many details & features and they are all part of an even more impressive result. Congrats on a beautiful design!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 03-27-2020 03:52 PM

Beautiful design and fantastic craftsmanship! It belongs in an art museum.

-- Ron Stewart

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