On the studio floor

A sampling of unusual projects now being created in our custom services department

Curved Walnut Fretwork

Curved Walnut

Click to see the finished project

One of our dearest customers fell in love with a certain set of high-Deco elevator doors from the Chrysler Building. The challenge--translating the veneer paneled original design into two pair of passage doors with leaded/stained glass panels and walnut. Adding to the challenge: each curve on the doors is a different parabolic section. Except for our high-tech adhesives, the fret work is accomplished the same way it was two hundred years ago, on handmade forms.

When we start working on her Art Nouveau closet doors upstairs, I'll post some pictures of those, too.

Curved Veneered Cabinet

Matt is test fitting everything on this black automotive lacquer & anigre veneer entertainment cabinet before the project goes to the veneer room and the capable hands of Isidro Arteaga. It's hard to tell from the photo, but underneath all the dust, everything black shines like a mirror (it should, after 75 hours of finishing time!)

Eventually, this piece will house a Mitsubishi 65000 big screen -- one of the most gorgeous sets we've ever built around.

The Artistry of Mark Ellis

Decorative Finish

I wish the world wide web could transport this finish to your desk so you could appreciate the depth and subtlety of this hand-glazed cabinet. We always enjoy the opportunity to work with Mark Ellis Studio on a project, and our client gave Mark only the cryptic instructions to create a finish somewhere between an animal skin and burl walnut. If you can't see the beauty of this--blame the JPG compression standard that I have to put on all these pictures.

Thanks, Mark, for another home run!

Come on back, they'll be more next month, or sooner if the mood strikes me!

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