Sideboard - 2004
Length: 62"   ~    Width: 22"    ~      Height: 37"
Materials:  Curly cherry, cherry burls, cherry crotches, walnut,
birdseye maple, butternut, hammered copper,
yellow birch bark, striped maple bark and twigs

The design for this sideboard is influenced by both the "arts & crafts" and Adirondack styles.  Natural edge slabs, burls, crotch wood, bark and twigs that might be found on rustic pieces are blended with mortise and tenon joinery, straight lines, cloud-lift details and hand hammered copper reminiscent of designs by Greene & Greene and Gustav Stickley

The cabinet frame is 5/4 solid cherry joined to 12/4 reverse tapered legs.  The joinery is all hand cut and chiseled mortise and tenon which is wedged or pinned as needed.
Panels on the sides and back were sliced from a cherry burl and crotch.  These irregular shapes left several voids which were filled with hand hammered copper.  The center of the back is hand beaded butternut of random widths.

The finish is predominantly tung oil except for the top which is two coats of urethane over the first coat of thinned out tung oil.

The drawers are all hand dovetailed front and back using birdseye maple on the sides and butternut on the backs.  Each drawer took nine hours to build.  Each drawer has the natural edge lighter colored sapwood along the bottom.  These contours are traced on to the top of the next drawer so that the four drawers are nested together.  Wooden slides are used on all the drawers.

This piece won the
2004 Rustic Fair Award for
'Outstanding Craftsmanship'
at the Adirondack Museum in
Blue Mountain Lake New York

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