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Thanks for looking.

This project has been "sold", but if you would like something similar, please email me:

[email protected]

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Project Story:
This is a commissioned project for a past client. They needed a laptop computer desk to sit off the side of the kitchen, and wanted it to match the existing Birch Cabinets built in the early 1960's. They also wanted a carved panel on the front with my own original artwork design, inspired by the work of Kansas artist, the late-Birger Sandzen.

What I designed was a tilt front desk to provide both a work surface, and hidden storage, with open cookbook storage below. On top of the desk, will sit another bookcase to hold Cookbooks.

The artwork I drew and carved is of a Kansas Flinthill's Prairie homestead scene that I titled "Stone House on the Prairie."

I also built the hammered copper finger pull handle myself, as working in copper is something I enjoy doing as well.

The carving has been airbrushed with tinted lacquer to add depth, shadows, and to form the styling of a late-Birger Sandzen styled woodcut print.

If you would like to see the building process for this project, please visit my blogs, where I detailed the various parts of the project.

  1. Building the Project
  2. Carving the Panel
  3. Airbrushing the Carving
  4. Making the Copper Hardware
  5. Designing and Building the Matching Chair
  6. Desk, Chair, and Shelving Installed

Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.

Arts and Crafts, Mission Style Related Projects:
  1. Arts & Crafts Entry Table; with Carved Oak Leaves
  2. Arts & Crafts Orchid Stand w/ Wine Bottle Storage
  3. Arts & Crafts Style Morris Inspired Chairs
  4. Arts & Crafts Display Top Coffee Table
  5. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set
  6. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired Prairie Couch
  7. Table Lamps
  8. Arts & Crafts Carved Entertainment Center
  9. Mission Entertainment Center

Church & Worship-Art Related Projects:
  1. Carved Communion Table
  2. Carved Roll Top Sound Equipment Cabinet
  3. Fancy Church Side Altars
  4. Processional Cross
  5. Fancy Speaker's Lectern
  6. Church Hymn Number Board
  7. Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten

Art-Furniture Related Projects:
  1. Sam Maloof Inspired Walnut Rocker
  2. Original Art Carved Tilt Front Desk, inspired by Birger Sandzen
  3. Natural Edge; Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table
  4. Decoratively Painted Box End Tables
  5. Birch China Cabinet for Cut Glass Collection

Rustic, Western, Cedar Log, and Cowboy Related Projects:
  1. Naughty (Knotty) Refined Rustic White Oak & Black Walnut China Hutch
  2. A Kansa Indian and Buffalo Accent Art-Chair
  3. Refined Rustic Dining Chairs
  4. Refined Rustic Dining Table
  5. Cowboy-Western Style Suitcase/Luggage Support Racks
  6. Fun With Cedar Logs #1; Sitting Stool
  7. Fun With Cedar Logs #2; Coat/Hat/Spur Rack
  8. Fun With Cedar Logs #3; Western Style Hat/Coat Rack
  9. Fun With Cedar Logs #4; Entryway Stool

Outdoor Furniture Related:
  1. Kennebunkport Style Adirondack Chair
  2. Outdoor Garden Wedding Arbor
  3. Outdoor Project: Cedar Wood Double Settee

These photos, project design, original artwork, and sketches are protected by copyright by M.A. DeCou 10-15-2007, all rights reserved. Please inquire into the use of this material, I might surprise you and say, "Yes."

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As always, Mark, this is amazing work! Very beautiful and original.
 

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Wonderful work Mark. Showed to the folks around the house here and everyone really likes it.
 

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Followed this in your blog, and like I said there this is a really great piece. Making your own hardware is just showing off though ;-)
 

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This is an amazing piece, Mark. It is to your usual standard.
 

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Great work. Enjoyed the blog too !!
 

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You know Mark, with a little practice I think you could become a reasonably good carver. LOL!

I always admire your work, but you really outdid yourself with this one!
 

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This has become what we expect from you, Mark. Another fantastic, wonderful piece of Art. Congratulations.
 

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Wow Mark, this did turn out real nice. I like the brick detail on the house as well.
 

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Mark -

Wonderful work as always! Thanks for sharing the building process.

David
 

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Hi Mark;

Don't you think it's time to go "pro"? LOL

If only your client's could realize your very soul is in each piece you build, they might be willing to pay what it's really worth.

As always, outstanding!

Lee
 

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Just as I would expect from you. Quality that only a few out there can achieve. A big thunbs up from me!
 

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Mark:

A great job. Superior design and implementation. I hope the customer is back for more.
 

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I am sure someday people will study Mark's work in the books as we do nowadays with the works of Maloof, Nakashima or the rest…

"Chapeau bas, Monsieur", my hat's off to you, Sir.

Now, the problem is that, if I were the lucky customer, I'd never put the laptop on it because that would mean I won't be able to see the carving! :eek:)
 

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I agree - magnificent "Mark DeCou" creation.
I hope the new owner realizes the true value of this piece!
To be able to say: "I own a Decou" ... wow
 

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Stunning Mark - thanks for showing the process too-
 

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Fantastic, beautiful art! My mouth was a little dropped open for a while…
 

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As always Mark, a great project and a work of real art… Fantastic.
 

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a very moving piece of art work. you have really captured a beautiful scene. I hope someday to carve a scene like you have. thank you for sharing the process
 
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