Open and shut [04/08/2010]
That is very nice - one of the best things I have ever seen posted here. Well done, and I hope you find a buyer - your work is excellent.
Brad S [04/09/2010]
So which Magazine are we going to see this in? Incredible work.
Bob, The Wood Doctor [04/11/2010]
Just as beautiful as all your work. Once again you humble me. Having said that; I'm not sure I would hace chosen the spalted maple background. I think it's distracting from the marquetry. but that's just one man's opinion. Keep up the good work and keep sharing.
Harry De Vrieze [04/11/2010]
You are a master of marquetry. Great work.
Ryan S [04/11/2010]
Nice work. Good lines, nice proportions, fantastic inlay work. My only criticism would be the size of the hinges. They are distraction on such a well done piece. Thank you for sharing!
Craig Thibodeau [04/11/2010]
Thanks for all the comments.
Bob, I had initially intended the piece to have a subtle/simpler look but in the end the combination of the spalted maple and the variously colored maple leaves was a bit more dramatic than planned, I do still like it though.
Ryan, you are right about the hinges, I am still looking for a nice alternative to the butt hinge that has enough strength but is less visible.
Very beautiful pieces! What species did you use for the leaves? I love the detail with the veins!
Craig, your execution is impeccable! Thanks for sharing so much of your work here.
I like the spalted maple background, it enhances the fall foliage feel of the piece. I do agree the hinges are too bulky and should've been those nice brass knife hinges made by Bob up in Fort Bragg. Well Done.
Craig Thibodeau [04/21/2010]
David, the leaves are made from a variety of woods: satinwood, mahogany, sapele, cherry, walnut burl, and a few other I didn't recognize.
Josh, I like using knife hinges, and Bobs are very nice, but the doors hang over the lower stretcher about an inch so there is nowhere to mount the lower hinge with making a protrusion on the inside of the door to hold the hinge leaf. Any thoughts on how to attach the lower leaf to the door?
chris w [05/11/2010]
True artistry in wood!