Every so often we get asked to make something truly stunning, and this has to be one of our favourites. The brief was for a generously sized but finely detailed writing desk in highly contrasting timbers, with some decorative detailed features. Together with the client we settled on walnut and maple woods to provide the look he was after. These aren't native timbers like we normally use, but we were able to source sustainably grown North American timbers.
When designing this piece we really slimmed down the legs compared to our tapered leg dining tables to get the delicate look the client was after. The bevel on the underside edge of the top similarly gives a delicate feel to the edge of the desk top. The design is really made to sing by the addition of contrasting cockbeading around the drawer fronts, contrasting inlaid veneer crossbanding on the top, and the more subtle walnut beading around the whole desk below drawer level.
The final detail to set the piece off was a pair of bespokely designed handmade drawer pulls.
A piece of furniture such as this is all about craftsmanship, and it was a joy to make. We spent a lot of time at our cabinet makers workbench using time-honoured skills and techniques to handcut the fine-pin dovetail joints in the drawers, make and fit the delicate beading, and inlay the crossbanding in the desk top.
There's always a sense of pride when we complete a piece of furniture, but that was particularly so with this writing desk.
If you're thinking of having a piece of furniture designed and made for you, whether finely detailed or more earthy and rustic, do contact us in the workshop to discuss your project.