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

Starting with a solid foundation

Curved Walnut

Admittedly, it's sitting upside down from its final orientation, and it's not that pretty to look at yet. But I thought it might be nice to highlight the work of some of our unsung heros at Jenan and Son. It all looks so easy when the project is veneered, finished, and installed, but unless the basework of curved pieces is prepared properly, no amount of skill can ever make the finished project look right. Jose has logged six hours of prep work to just this single assembly--filling, filing, fairing, fiddling, fussing. All to create an absolutely perfect substrate for the veneer that will cover it.

Jose's efforts on our projects are usually not directly seen, but they are always appreciated. So when you look at that flawless curve, remember Jose!


The Wave Design

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COMPLETED
5/15/02

We just can't get enough of our Wave door design! Here it is carved into Wenge, that ever harder to find African hardwood as nasty to work with as it is beautiful. Poor Matt is allergic to the dust, and has been sniffling for the last three days as we struggle to get its last lingering dust vacuumed from the shop. Everyone's fingers have hellacious little black splinters--whether they worked on this project or not.

How does the Wenge do it??? Perhaps our military would like to know about this stuff. Might be useful.


Custom Door Design

Decorative Finish

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COMPLETED
6/15/02

We always brag about being able to transform a squiggle on a cocktail napkin into a finished product. Unfortunately, we keep having to put our money where our mouths are.

These doors seemed like a very simple concept. Operative words: seemed like.

A sense of shame prevents me from revealing the number of hours that went into producing these doors (and the eighteen others just like them), but suffice to say, next time around they will be somewhat more expensive. Oh, to be a factory that cranked out the same old predictable stuff, day after day...

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

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