Portfolio

 

This is a list of Bruce's wood work from the present back to the hobby days, showing the last known location of each piece.  In the beginning, each piece was signed with the initials BAE and a date.  Once the hobby became a business in 1975, each piece was signed with the SunDog logo,a rising sun and the initials, BAE, directly underneath. Below that would be the Roman Numeral.

That systen of signing lasted until about 1981, when the Roman Numeral system was replaced by Logo and year.  This signing system  continued until the end of the business in 1986.  

After 20+ years of no woodworking, in late 2006, Bruce made a single Bible Box. The latter part of 2007 saw the creation of another Bible Box, a few Large Oval Jewelry Boxes and Wedge Jewelry Boxes.  In 2008, Bruce was fully back to making things that he loved 

Starting in 2007, as each piece was completed, it is marked with the logo, the year and a sequential number for that item, within the given year.

 

 

 

 


2016-1a Chest of Drawers on Stand Black Walnut 2016  Washington DC

 

This piece measures 22 inches wide by 17 inches deep and is around 48 inches tall.

It is finished with a waterborne varnish finish, an environmentally friendly finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016-1b Chest of Drawers on Stand Black Walnutv 2017  St. Paul, MN

This piece measures 22 inches wide by 17 inches deep and is around 48 inches tall.

It is finished with a waterborne varnish finish, an environmentally friendly finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2015-17 Cabinet On Stand V Black Cherry  2017 St Paul, MN

Introducing the fifth in the series of my Cabinet on Stand designs.  The inspiration was an image that appeared in my mind a few months ago.  I wanted to float a small cabinet within tall curved legs.  I also wanted to incorporate a Shoji panel, which in this design became the rear panel of the small cabinet.   I have been fascinated by shoji screens for some time and now have a small bit of hands on with so called “rice paper”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cabinet is 42 inches tall, 27 inches wide and 13 inches deep.  It is finished with a waterborne lacquer finish, an environmentally friendly finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2015-7 Cabinet On Stand IV  Black Walnut  2017 Greendale, WI

This cabinet was inspired by another cabinet I made many years ago (shown below).  I created that cabinet for my young bride, Kathy, but it was sold soon after completion.  In those days these things happened. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COS IV is my “today” take on that old design. It provides four drawers carried on all-wood full extension drawer slides and two doors.  The doors are carried on wood hinges.  Behind the doors are adjustable shelves.  The cabinet has my usual graduated three panel back.

This cabinet is 30 inches wide by 13 inches deep by 30 inches tall. 

I have embraced waterborne finishing methods, decreasing personal and environmental exposure to harmful chemicals and assuring you, my customer that your support of my work will not conflict with your commitment to reducing your environmental footprint.

 

 


2015-6 Cabinet On Stand  Black Cherry  2017 St Paul, MN

This is a variation of a a previous cabinet in the series.  It is the sister to a custom order of similiar design.  

This cabinet is 30 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 38 inches tall. It has two Cherry drawers which feature hand-cut dovetails and French bottoms.  

The cabinet is  finished with a waterborne polyurethane, a very durable finish.

 

 

 

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Each drawer is hung from full extension slides that I fashioned entirely from Hard Maple.  Each drawer may be lifted up off the slide for removal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Each drawer has one of my "Paddle Pull" designs.  Two additional pulls are included just in case.

 

 

 

 

 


2014-1   Cabinet on Stand III    2015  Eastern Ohio

Birdseye Maple with Spalted Maple accents.

Introducing the third in the series of my cabinet on stand designs.  The design for this cabinet follows my particular way of hanging a cabinet within its legs. 

This cabinet is 22 inches wide by 16 inches deep by 49 inches tall. It has a total of seven Cherry drawers which feature hand-cut dovetails and French bottoms.  Each drawer is hung from full extension slides that I fashioned entirely from Hard Maple.

The cabinet is finished with a waterborne polyurethane, a very durable finish.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 


2013-4   Cabinet on Stand II    2014  Twin Cities, MN

 

The second in the series of my cabinet on stand designs found its forever home in the Twin Cities. It is made from American Beech. The drawer fronts are made from Marblewood and Bocote with Ebony drawer pulls. This cabinet can be ordered in other wood types.

This cabinet is 42 inches tall, 30 inches wide and 12 inches deep. It features nine pigeonholes and seven drawers. The drawer design features slip bottoms which extend the life and improve the performance of the drawer.

The back-side is finished beautifully with a three panel frame.

It is finished with a waterborne varnish, an environmentally friendly finish.  It is a signed and dated piece.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 


2013-14   Oval Tambour Desk Cherry 52"    2014  Ramsey, MN

This desk with it's Pod was a custom order that took over six months to complete. It is the latest version of this design with many enhancements over previous builds. The Pod contains 9 cubbys hidden by three sliding doors. There are 2 Jump drawers and 4 standard drawers in this piece.

It is the second largest Oval Tambour Desk made to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2013-15 Oval Tambour Desk Black Cherry  2017 xx, xx

 
The design for this desk was inspired by the Oval Tambour Box series and the traditional roll top desk with its pigeon holes and small drawers.

This desk is 40 inches wide by 28 inches deep by about 37 inches tall (48 inches tall with the pigeon hole raised). It has a tambour (roll top).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
This desk features a pigeon hole that lifts up
with a lever mechanism and has two draws with French bottoms.

The desk can be separated from its stand and the stand disassembled for easier moving.

The drop front has two “Jump” drawers that are cleverly concealed when closed.

This desk can be provided with electric power inside the desk and has room for a notebook computer inside the closed desk.

I have embraced waterborne finishing methods, decreasing personal and environmental exposure to harmful chemicals and assuring you, my customer that your support of my work will not conflict with your commitment to reducing your environmental footprint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2013-16 Oval Tambour Desk Birdseye Maple 40"   2017  Pioneer, OH

The design for this desk was inspired by the Oval Tambour Box series and the traditional roll top desk with its pigeon holes and small drawers.

This desk is 40 inches wide by 28 inches deep by about 37 inches tall (48 inches tall with the pigeon hole raised). It has a tambour (roll top).

This desk features a pigeon hole that lifts up with a lever mechanism and has two draws with French bottoms.

The desk can be separated from its stand and the stand disassembled for easier moving.

The drop front has two “Jump” drawers that are cleverly concealed when closed.

This desk can be provided with electric power inside the desk and has room for a notebook computer inside the closed desk.

I have embraced waterborne finishing methods, decreasing personal and environmental exposure to harmful chemicals and assuring you, my customer that your support of my work will not conflict with your commitment to reducing your environmental footprint.

 

Here is a video demonstrating how the desk works.

 

 

 

 


2013-12  Clock I,  Hawaiian Koa,   2014  Philadelphia, PA

This was my first clock design.

 

 

 

 

 


2012-8  Pigeonhole Cabinet   2015  Greendale, WI

Made with Black Walnut with Olivewood Drawer fronts.  The stand on this cabinet was made in my "knock-down" style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2012-7  Pigeonhole Cabinet   2012  Honolulu, HI

This Pigeonhole Hall Cabinet was ordered by a couple from Honolulu. It was shipped via UPS successfully.

This cabinet is 60 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 42 inches in height. It contains seven drawers with hand cut dovetails and French bottoms. The drawer fronts are 'pillowed'. Eleven pigeonholes are included.

The cabinet is finished with General Finishes Enduro Pre-Cat Urethane, a very durable waterborne finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2012-6  Cabinet On Stand I, Cherry/Birdseye Maple,   2015  San Francisco

Introducing the first in the series of my cabinet on stand designs.  The design for this cabinet was inspired by the work of James Krenov.

This cabinet is 22 inches wide by 12 1/2 inches deep by 54 inches tall. It has a total of seven drawers which all feature hand-cut dovetails and french bottoms.

The cabinet is finished with General Finishes Pre-Cat Urethane, a very durable waterborne finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

2012-5  Seating I, Cherry,   2014  Virginia

My first stool design made to go with my Tall Desk.

 
 

2012-4  Orchid/Bonsai Table, Cherry,   2015  San Francisco

Black Cherry, Spalted Maple, and Wenge Accents
 
The design for this stand was inspired by the desire to try working with bent wood.  It is 23 inches tall, 45 inches long and 15 inches wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012-3  Tall Tambour Desk Cherry   2012  San Francisco CA

The design for this desk was inspired by the need of a small desk that could be used standing up and the traditional roll top desk with its pigeon holes and small drawers.

This desk is 30 inches wide by 28 inches deep by about 45 inches tall (58 inches tall with the pigeon hole raised). It has a tambour (roll top).

This desk features a pigeon hole that lifts up with a lever mechanism and has two drawers with French bottoms. It has an interesting little drop front that doubles as a lockable latch for the tambour.

The desk can be separated from its stand and the stand disassembled for easy transport.

This desk is equipped with a cord/cable port and storage for a notebook computer inside the closed desk.

The desk is finished with General Finishes Enduro-Var, a very durable waterborne finish. The maple drawer fronts are separately finished with GF High Performance to maintain the whiteness of the maple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2012-2  Tall Desk 30",  Cherry,   2014  Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2012-1   42"   Square Dining Table     2013  Pewaukee WI

Made from Black Cherry with Wenge and Birdseye Maple accents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2011-86 Oval Tambour™ Jewelry Box     2012     Fort Bragg, CA

This box will share a home with a James Krenov cabinet.

 
 
 
 

2011-50 Cheese Table 2011     Plymouth, WI

This Cheese Table was commissioned by a leading national packager and marketer of shredded, snack and specialty cheeses based in Wisconsin.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The table is 60 inches long by 42 inches tall. The curved end has a chord of 36 inches. The glass top extends 12 inches all around. The table rides on heavy duty casters.  It is made from Butternut wood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was installed in the company's new foyer on November 16, 2011. A glass top, provided by Abler Art Glass, added a functional top surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2011-49 Moated Chess Table /w Pieces     2015     Greendale, WI

The third work in the Moated Chess Table™ series.  Featuring 2-7/8” squares and pieces 2 1/4 “square; the king is 5 5/8 inches tall, the biggest so far.

 

There are two drawers and the usual extra queen and pawn for each player.  Two primary woods are used, Birdseye Maple and Black Cherry.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2011-47 Moated Chess Table /w Pieces     2011     St Paul, MN

The second work in the Moated Chess Table™ series.  Featuring 2-7/8” squares and  the king is 5 inches tall.

 

There are two drawers and the usual extra queen and pawn for each player.  Two primary woods are used, Birdseye Maple and Black Cherry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010-49 Pieonhole Hall Cabinet    2010    San Francisco, CA 

The design for this piece was inspired by the cabinet-on-stand design popularized by James Krenov. Pigeonhole assemblies are usually part of larger furniture but this one has been elevated to the stature of furniture. I think it would make a great hall piece.

This cabinet is 58 something inches wide by 12 inches deep by 42 inches in height. It contains seven drawers with hand cut dovetails and French bottoms. The drawer fronts are 'pillowed'. Eleven pigeonholes are included.

The cabinet is finished with General Finishes Enduro Pre-Cat Urethane, a very durable waterborne finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010-48 Tambour Chair 2012 Milwaukee WI

This chair is designed to compliment the Oval Tambour desks I make. The chair back pivots on brass bushings to fit the sitter's back. The seat is made from the same slat design as that used in the Oval Tambour desks. The seat on the Maple chair is 19 inches wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010-47 Pidgeonhole Hall Cabinet   2015   Independence LA

This is the second Pidgeonhole Hall Cabinet in the series. It is made from Black Cherry.  The stand is glued up.  The Drawer pulls are Apple wood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010-46 Circumbour Desk     2011     Bethesda, MD

The design for this desk was inspired by the challenge of making the tambour go all the way around the desk. It follows in the design tradition of the Oval Tambour Desks. This desk is 40 inches wide by 28 inches deep by about 37 inches tall (48 inches tall with the pigeon holes raised). It has a tambour (roll top) that splits in two and reveals the pigeon holes inside. This desk features a pigeon hole that lifts up with a lever mechanism and has two drawers with French bottoms. The desk can be separated from its stand and the stand disassembled for easier moving. This desk can be provided with electric power inside the desk and has room for a notebook computer inside the closed desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010-45 Pidgeonhole Hall Cabinet   2010   Brookfield WI

This is the very first Pidgeonhole Hall Cabinet. It sold quickly at the 2010 Hidden River Art Fair.

 

 


2010-44 Tambour Chair Cherry   2012   San Francisco, CA

This chair is designed to compliment the Oval Tambour desks I make. The chair back pivots on brass bushings to fit the sitter's back. The seat is made from the same slat design as that used in the Oval Tambour desks. 

 

 


2010-3 Tall Tambour Desk   2010   Bay View, WI

It is made with White Hard Maple. It is 30 inches wide and 28 inches deep. Closed up it is 44 inches tall and open it is around 57 inches tall. It has an interesting little drop front that doubles as a latch for the tambour. An optional drawer module is available that features a drawer made with a French Bottom and is lockable with a key.

This desk can be provided with electric power inside the desk and has room for a notebook computer inside the closed desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010-2 Oval Tambour™ Desk   2010   Nashville, TN

Sold at the 2010 Uptown Art Fair.

 

 


2010-1 Oval Tambour Desk    2011    Washington, DC

This desk is a member of a lineage that has persevered since the late 70's. It is made with plain figure White Hard Maple and Birdseye maple. It is 40 inches wide and 28 inches deep. Closed up it is 39 inches tall and open it is around 50 inches tall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2009-18    Game Table and Moated Chess Board™  2010  Madison    WI

Sold at 2010 Fair on the Square in Madison to a 10 year old boy.

 

 

 

2009-13  Sphere Box, 6", Cherry,   2013  Washington, DC

 

 

 


2009-12  Sphere Box, 6", Cherry,   2013  Washington, DC


2009-11    Small Sphere Box    2009    Kenosha    WI

Another member of that group discussed in the Oval Desk entry. It was made from Vintage Cherry. This wood was sawed into boards during the 50's according to the person I bought it from. Cherry gains such a wonderful color through time. 

 

This Sphere Box found its "forever" home with a loving family just before Christmas 2009.

 

 

 

2009-9  Sphere Box Maple 6 Inch   2013  Gaithersburg MD  

This design was born out of the desire to add jewelry box functionality to a sphere of wood. This one is made from Hard Maple and is 6 inches in diameter. Each drawer is part of its own layer with thinner layers of wood between the drawers. All grain is glued up in the same direction; the drawers are cut before the layers are glued up. They are actually in place as the sphere is formed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2009-07    Tall Tambour Desk    2009    New Orleans    LA

This desk was also a member of that group discussed in the Oval Desk entry. It was made from Hard Maple. 

The desk was introduced to its new owner at WinterFair 2009.

 

 

 


 

 

2009-06 Oval Tambour Desk 2009     Bowling Green, OH

Made with Birdseye maple.

 

 

 


2009-2 Document Box 

 

 

 


2008-80 Pet Gate Madison, WI

Custom made for a young family to keep the pet out of the living room.

 

 

 


Plant Table

Made with white oak and finished with waterborne topcoat.  Lightly stained.    I am working with a floating top design.

 

 

 


Contemporary Bible Box 2007 Columbus, OH

An experiment with Birdseye cabochons set into the front side of a box.  This box made with cherry that has been stained to get a darker color.

 

 

 


Bible Box      Dec-2006      Manheim       PA

The circa 1670 Bible Box, featured here, is a reproduction of one found in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. It has crude, bold carving of the circled acanthus with the repeat pattern gouged out above. It is hand crafted from heavy solid oak. Subject to Bruce’s personal interpretation of the original, this piece is endowed with hand fashioned dovetails at each corner, solid brass hinges, an inset brass keyhole escutcheon, and a lock. It is finished inside and out with Danish oil finish.

The inside dimensions of this Bible box are 16-1/4 inches x 10 1/4 inches x 6-3/4 inches deep. This box weighs twenty pounds!

These boxes were used in every colonial home, housing the family Bible, records, special documents, and even prized seeds. The originals are very rare today; they are for the most part owned by museums and collectors. These boxes are most decorative and are much sought after today.

 

 

 


Childs Rocker         Nov-2006      Greendale     WI

I had to see if I could make another one of these small rockers.

 

 

 

 


Medium Tambour Desk - oak      1983   Mt Horeb, WI

Current location unknown.

 

 

 


Tambour Credenza           May-83           Mt Horeb, WI

Current location unknown.

 

 

 

 

Tambour Over Stainless Supports       May-83           Mt Horeb, WI

Current location unknown.

 

 

 


LXLVI Oval Tambour™ Desk 33 inch birds eye maple        Jan-83   Mt Horeb, WI

Current location unknown.

 

 

 


Cassette Case         Aug-82           Mt Horeb, WI

At this time I was putting tambours to all kinds of uses.  Current location un-verified.

 

 

 


Video Cassette Case         Aug-82           Mt Horeb, WI

Current location un-verified.

 

 

 


Double Cordial Case         Feb-82           Mt Horeb, WI

Current location un-verified.

 

 

 


Single Cordial Case           Feb-82           Mt Horeb       WI

Current location un-verified.

 

 

 


Double Pivot Jewelry Box           Jan-82           Mt Horeb       WI

Current location un-verified.

 

 

 


Pivot Jewelry Box  Jan-82           Mt Horeb       WI

Current location un-verified.

 

 

 


LXXXVII  Oval Tambour™ Desk Red Oak 54 inch     Nov-81  Mt Horeb, WI

This design was built on speculation.  It was exhibited at several of the nation's finest craft shows before it was sold.  I do not have any information where it is today.

 

 

 


LXXVIII  Sphere Box Red Oak 6 inch    Mar-81 Personal Collection         WI    

Each draw is part of its own layer with thinner layers of wood between the draws. All grain is glued up in the same direction, The draws are cut before the layers are glued up. They are actually in place as the sphere is formed. 

The shape was not created on a wood lathe. Instead it was formed with a special jig utilizing a router for the roughing. Intermediate shaping was achieved with a rasp. Final shaping was performed with a series of abrasives mounted on padded blocks. 

The legs went through many iterations before Kathy came up with this design which looks very fragile and provides the nicest lift. 

Only two of each size were ever made. After nearly causing great harm to myself the attempt to make more of these was discontinued. How ever, I have been thinking, lately, perhaps they could be made with less risk to me........... hmmmmm.

 

 

 

 


LXXVII  Sphere Box Red Oak 11 inch Mar-81 Personal Collection           WI

This design was born out of the desire to add jewelry box functionality to a sphere of wood.  This one is made from Red Oak and is 11 inches in diameter.  Each draw is part of its own layer with thinner layers of wood between the draws.   All grain is glued up in the same direction, The draws are cut before the layers are glued up.  They are actually in place as the sphere is formed.  The shape was not created on a wood lathe.  Instead it was formed with a special jig utilizing a router for the roughing.  Intermediate shaping was achieved with a rasp.  Final shaping was performed with a series of abrasives mounted on padded blocks.  The legs went through many iterations before Kathy came up with this design which looks very fragile and provides the nicest lift.  Only two of each size was ever made.  After nearly causing great harm to me the attempt to make more of these was discontinued.  However, I have been thinking, lately, perhaps they could be made with less risk to me........... hmmmmm.

 

 

 


LXXXVIII Oval Tambour™ Desk Hawaiian Koa 33 inch            1982 Branson, MO

Owners verified location of this desk, plus its Tambour Chair in December, 2015.  They also provided a picture of the desk and its chair which I have added to this post.  The chair is also made of Koa was made in 1984.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LXXIV  Silver Chest Birdseye Maple  Jan-81  Pequea, PA

This piece was located when its owner happened across this site in a search for something else.  The Oval Tambour Silver Chest has been adored and well taken care of.

 

 

 


LXXII  Silver Chest Hawaiian Koa          Jan-81           Mt Horeb, WI

This piece was custom made to house the family sterling silver flatware.  It is made of Hawaiian Koa, finished with Danish Oil, and lined with Pacific Silver cloth.  It was ordered as a surprise 17th anniversary gift.

 

 

 


LXIX     Desk Box Black Walnut Sep-80           Mt Horeb, WI

Three compartments, two with tambours.  Two pen holders.  Although I was really into these boxes they failed in the market place.  Only three were made this year.

 

 

 


LXIV   Concorde Box Black Walnut prototype Sep-80 Mt Horeb, WI

I was greatly influenced by the Star Wars TIE fighter and the Concorde SST aircraft when this box was born.  Very few of these boxes were made, perhaps five.  They were made of Black Walnut with leather lining and, of course, a tambour top.

 

 

 


Childs Rocker Black Walnut       Jan-1979       Mt Horeb, WI

Current location un-verified.

 

 

 


Desk Built-in Black Walnut          1978   Onslow, IA

The Iowa couple stopped by again after having enjoyed their table for a while.  This time they wanted to inquire about a built-in desk for the wife.  The desk is around ten feet long complete with upper cabinets.  It was made with Black Walnut.  The design incorporated all the functionality she required.  Some of the upper cabinet doors contained authentic seeded glass which really looked nice on the finished unit.  Kathy and a very young Ben did the final field measurements for this desk as I was just swamped with work.  She also verified the desired features.  The desk was delivered and installed unfinished.  However, no pictures were ever taken.  This inspired a visit in 2009 to get the pictures.  We were sad to learn that one of the couple had passed on just a few years before this visit.  I want to thank the family for allowing us to come and photograph those pieces that I missed all those years ago.  Some 33 years later, the desk looks just beautiful with its aged patina.

 

 

 


Oval Tambour Desk 33 inch Black Walnut May-83 Mt Horeb, WI

 


Breakfront China Cabinet Black Walnut Aug-1978 Mt Horeb, WI

This cabinet was custom designed for a very special woman.  It is made entirely of black walnut and finished with clear rubbing varnish.  The diamond shaped glass, in the doors, is seedy antique glass.  The dimensions are 65 inches wide, 80 inches tall, and 18 inches deep.  I was surprised to discover that a picture was not taken of this piece when it was completed.  That task was accomplished in July of 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LVII Queen Ann Desk Black Walnut 1978 Madison, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LI Bombe Box Black Walnut w/silver inlay 1978 Mt Horeb, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


XXXXVII Bombe Box Birdseye Maple 1978 Madison, WI

Picture acquired on September 6, 2008.  This Bombe Box is now being cared for by the same young Madison couple as the previous box.  Imagine two of these boxes in the same home!  It is always a thrilling moment when I get to post a picture of an older creation.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


XXXXVI Bombe Box Birdseye Maple 1978 Madison, WI

Picture acquired on September 6, 2008.  This Bombe Box is now being cared for by a young Madison couple.  It is always a thrilling moment when I get to post a picture of an older creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


XXXVI Bombe Box Curly Hard Maple 1978 Mt Horeb, WI

Picture acquired on October 13, 2008. This Bombe Box is now being cared for by my youngest son. It was presented to him last Christmas after it was found in a long term storage box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Long Table-Krenov Influence 1978 Mt Horeb, WI

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Small Table-Krenov Influence 1978 Mt Horeb, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


XXXII    Secretary-walnut    1978    Mequon    WI

This desk was designed for a couple in Mequon, WI.  They insisted on cooking for myself and my bride once it was delivered and set up, on 3/11/78.  The meal was excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

 


LVIII    Oval Tambour™ Silver Chest-walnut    1978    Mt Horeb    WI

Current location un-verified.

 

 


XXXI Rolltop Desk-walnut    1978    Madison    WI

My mother-in-law ordered this desk for her husband.  He was plenty surprised to get it and enjoyed it until his passing in 1989.  She then enjoyed it until it was time to downsize.  She gave it to my son.

 

 


Unsigned Bar Built-in    1977    Jackson    WI    

This bar was made for my inlaws and their new home in Jackson, WI. Is is made from Butternut and features upper bi-fold doors, tambour to close off the sink area, and is wired for electricity.

 

 


Desk Built-in Walnut    1977    Onslow    IA

The Iowa couple stopped by again after having enjoyed their table for awhile. This time they wanted to inquire about a built-in desk for the wife. 

The desk is around ten feet long complete with upper cabinets. It was made with Black Walnut. The design incorporated all the functionality she required. Some of the upper cabinet doors contained authentic seeded glass which really looked nice on the finished unit. 

Kathy and a very young Ben did the final field measurements for this desk as I was just swamped with work. She also verified the desired features. 

The desk was delivered and installed unfinished. However, no pictures were ever taken. This inspired a visit in 2009 to get the pictures. We were sad to learn that one of the couple had passed on just a few years before this visit. 

I want to thank the family for allowing us to come and photograph those pieces that I missed all those years ago. 

Some 33 years later, the desk looks just beautiful with its aged patina.

 

 


XXVIII    Foundwood Table-spalted maple    1977    Greendale    WI

When I was out buying lumber I would find small piles of boards that had been passed by for better stock.  I would take these to make my Foundwood Series tables.  This particular table I have not parted with all these years.

 

 


XXVI    Shaker Style Chest of Drawers-cherry    1977    Middleton    WI

 

 


XXV    Secretary/Bookcase 3 of 3    1977    Middleton    WI

See XXIV

 

 


XXIV    Secretary/Bookcase 2 of 3    1977    Middleton    WI

This system was made for a Middleton professional. The design was influenced by the drop front secretary of the 1700's. 

The center unit was made first. The left and right units followed a year later. They were made from solid oak with a very dark stain followed with a varnish finish. 

These units were designed to conceal modern 70's office machines like photo copier and typewriter and look very traditional when closed up.

 

 


1876 Chair Reproduction    1977    Madison    WI

A man brought in one of these chairs.  He wanted six more made.  I made eight so we would have two for our use.  They are in perfect condition to this day.

 

 


Trestle Dining Table - Red Oak 10 feet long    1977    Onslow    IA

A couple from Iowa stopped in one day, early in 1977. They had been referred by a local business. Their hope was that I could make the table they wanted for their kitchen. They also had a smaller table that had a crack in the top. "Could I fix that?" they asked. 

The smaller table was repaired. Following that I made the Trestle Table and Bench, pictured here, for their kitchen. 

It was made from thick Red Oak and spanned ten feet in length. The table and bench seat were delivered unfinished as the new owners wanted to finish it. The picture was taken shortly after they completed the finishing in 1977. 

The table and bench looked great during a visit in 2009, some 33 years after it was made.

 

 


XXIII    Secretary-walnut    1977    Greendale    WI

I made this for my bride.  It is inspired by a Pensylvania German Secretary that I saw in a book of measured drawings.  I changed the height and depth of the cabinet to better fit modern uses.  It also features a rare example of my carving.

 

 


XVI    Oval Pedestal Dining Table-walnut    1977    Blue Mounds    WI

This table was made for the woman that provided day care for our young children during the hectic early business days. Kathy and I had the privilege of seeing it again while on a visit to the Mount Horeb area during July, 2008.

 

 


XV    Rolltop Desk - cherry    1977    Middleton    WI

I made this desk for a dentist who ordered it after seeing my work at an art fair.  It borrows from the design of the mid nineteenth century S-curve rolltop desks.

Update - 2014-03-05, Just heard from the dentist that he still uses the desk every day.

 

 


Mirror - walnut    1977    Mt Horeb    WI

I had an unusually rough  piece of Black Walnut that had many defects.    After chalking around the defects this form appeared.  Since form must have function, it became a mirror.  

 

 


XIV    Cigar Box carved    Aug-1977    Hubertus    WI

This item was ordered by a woman who requested a name and date be carved on the inside of the lid. I am hoping to get a better picture someday.

 

 


XIII    Ben's Rocker    1976    Madison    WI

 


XII   Bombe Box - walnut   1976    Fredrikstad, Norway

An early example of my work that has been cared for, by my friends in Norway, all these years.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPDATE - On June 28, 2016 we presented an Oval Tambour Box, 2014-08, to our friends, Mik and Lisan, in their home in Fredrikstad, Norway, where we were to spend the next three weeks of our lives.  They were extremely gracious hosts as they introduced their country to us.  They also prepared the most delicious meals of Norwegian tradition.  Their cat, Rosa, made us feel most welcome every day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


IX    Bombe Box    1976    Mt Horeb    WI

 

 


VIII    Gametable-walnut    1976    Mt Horeb    WI

 

 


VII    Walnut Cabinet    1976    Mt Horeb    WI    

 

 


VI    Bible Box    1976    Waunakee    WI

 

 


V    Bible Box    1976    Waunakee    WI

 

 


IV    Dry Sink-walnut    1976    Waunakee    WI

 

 


III    Chess Table    1976    Oregon    WI

This chess table was made for our child's godfather, Tim.

 

 


II    Secretary/Bookcase -1of 3    1976    Middleton    WI

See Roman Numeral XXIV for the story.

 

 


I    Trestle Desk-Walnut    Mar-1976    Waunakee    WI

This type of desk provided workspace with a smaller footprint than a regular desk. The traditional pigeon hole design was employed along with a few small drawers. 

This particular desk was custom built for a Waunakee, WI couple who loved early American design utilizing mortise and tenon joinery and dovetailed drawers. The wood is Black Walnut and the finish is oil varnish. It is the first item ever to receive a Roman Numeral along with my logo.

 

 


Shaker Oval Boxes    1976    Waunakee    WI

I read a book about Shaker Furniture Design and was fascinated by these boxes. I researched the topic and gathered information about how these were originally made. They are made from very thin wood that is heated with steam or very hot water and then placed around oval forms until the wood is dry.

 

 


Easy Chair - Walnut    May-1975    Dalton    WI

This chair was commissioned by CF Knight of Dalton, WI. It was custom fit to his liking being especially sure that the seat depth didn't put pressure on the back of his legs. Kathy made the cushions. He provided the thick walnut it was made of. 

Charlie sawed and air dried hardwood lumber harvested in Green Lake County. He also ran a hardware store and seed cleaning operation. I can no longer recall just how I came to know Charlie but I am very glad that I did. He was a man of many interests and was especially proud of his wildflower photographs. His wife, Alice, was equally interesting and we became good friends with them. 

I would like to think Charlie enjoyed his chair right up to his passing in 1991.

 

 


Trestle Desk & Chair    May-1975    Waunakee    WI

This type of desk provided workspace with a smaller footprint than a regular desk. The traditional pigeon hole design was employed along with a few small drawers. 

This particular desk was my first of this design. It was made for my wife during the time she was preparing to become a mom for our first son. Both pieces were made of Soft Maple and finished with oil varnish.

 

 


Crib-Cherry    1975    Greendale  WI

This crib was made for our first child in 1975.  Our second child also made use of it.  The crib then circulated around the extended family for a few years.

In 2009 the crib was disassembled and upgraded to current safety regulations for our first grandchild.  After she graduated to a regular bed the crib was placed into storage for its next summon to duty.

 

 


 

Chest of Draws - Cherry    Jun-1975    Madison  WI

This chest of draws was made for our first son from black cherry. This was my first larger piece built in the 1/2 garage workshop I had at the time. The shop was heated with propane as needed and had to allow our vehicle in at night. I managed to complete it just two months before his birth. The next year the Pensylvania German inspired flowers were painted on the draw fronts. 

The chest had a one piece back that would shrink each winter and cause the draws to bind. I hadn't learned about wood movement and how to deal with it. The back finally developed a crack which stopped the binding problem but looked just awful. 

In late 2008 I re-made the back retaining the original back as part of a panel-in-frame assembly that allows the panels to move within a frame. Especially important was to keep the original signing and dating portion of the old back. The flowers were also removed from the draw fronts as no one ever liked them. 

Aside from the color difference of the new wood and newly exposed wood the chest looks great. The color differences will even out as the new wood catches up to the aged wood. All new work was finished with a waterborne acrylic finish.

 

 


Coffee Table - Walnut      Jan-1973, Greendale, WI

This table was made in the basement workshop of the apartment we rented as our first home. That was on 48th street just west of Washington Park in Milwaukee. 

I had only hand tools to fashion this table from 12/4 (3 inch thick) walnut acquired from Charlie Knight in Green Lake County, WI. I used thick wood so it could be easily re-used at a future time. The legs were attached with mortise and tenon joinery. The top was joined with splines and made flat with hand planes and scrapers. It was made round by drilling a series of holes around the future diameter and removing the remainder with a chisel. 

In 2008 my loving wife asked if the old table could be used to fashion her new design. The old tabletop was split to form two new surfaces. New legs were added and we have an exciting new piece of furniture. Of course, finished with a waterborne acrylic.

 

 


Walnut Headboard & Night Stands  Jun-1972, Greendale, WI

I made this furniture for our very first home. It was designed and built as we planned our wedding. The headboard was made from 2 inch thick Black Walnut which came from Charlie Knight in Green Lake County, WI. The night stands were made from 1 inch walnut lumber. All of this lumber was air dried. 

The project was carried out in a borrowed basement workshop in the building I lived in at the time. I had the use of a small tablesaw and some hand tools. 

Our wedding date was immediately carved into the back of the headboard. As time passed two additional carvings were performed for the births of our children.