Beautiful furniture and Brian Boggs
A few days ago, I was surfing around the internet looking at pieces of furniture, as I often do.
You see a lot of wild and crazy things; credenzas that extend out to 20′ long dining tables, chairs that might have taken a year to make but look uncomfortable to sit on and live edge epoxy things, but I was pleasantly surprised by a piece that immediately caught my eye made by Jim Reed, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
It stuck out from the other pieces not only because it was beautiful, but also because it had simple lines and grain. It was essentially a rectangular box held up by a slightly curvy base finished off with a simple top. With its harmonious proportions, curves and intriguing details like brass hardware and negative space between the case and base, I really liked it.
On one hand, I don’t think it pushed the limits of what studio furniture can be, nor did it test the capabilities of the material we all know and love. I saw it as more of a simple and honest piece that was carefully designed and built.
Zebrawood is always a gorgeous wood if it’s quarter cut. In fact, if it’s not quarter cut I find it busy and unpleasing, bordering on repulsive. It brings a unique mix of simplicity and energy to a piece, especially if it’s used in the design carefully. It pairs well with so many species, as there are a wide variety of brown tones in it. I’ve always thought walnut a perfect match for zebrawood, and this piece proves that point.
You can see more of Jim’s work on his website, ReedHandcraftedFurniture.com.
Have you used zebrawood in a project before? Send me a photo or two of the finished piece and let me know what it was about zebrawood that made you use it. Also, if you’ve come across any simple, subtle yet stunning furniture please send me a link to the piece.
Jim Reed made this credenza I stumbled upon on Instagram.
A Foot to Stand On
The walnut frame includes pleasing curves and a nice mitre joint.
Quarter Cut Zebrawood
While zebrawood can be wild looking if it’s flat cut, it’s usually quarter cut and looks great.
Nice Brass Hardware
Who doesn’t love a nicely installed knife hinge?
Mark Salusbury sent me an article from Craftsmanship Quarterly on famed American chairmaker Brian Boggs the other day. It was a look into one of the greatest chairmakers of our time. Not only is it great to read about how Boggs got into woodworking and start a business, but also have a chance to see some photos and videos of his workshop in North Carolina. I especially liked the video of him using a shop-made lever system that needs only one person to bend a thick rail. As they say, necessity is the mother of all invention. This was certainly a case of him needing a better solution to bending these strong rails, but not wanting to dedicate three employees to doing it. Check out the article here.
Master Chair Maker
Brian Boggs in his well-equipped North Carolina workshop.