All posts tagged: bookcase

Current Project: Window Seat Bookcase

I have been looking at so much Greene & Greene furniture, my head hurts. I keep hoping I’ll see something that helps me break out of the design block which currently has a hold on me. What you see above is the current design idea for my daughter’s window seat bookcase. During the past week, it has become clear to me that my first design was just that: mine. My daughter, wants the window seat bookcase to be more of a bench with a seat back. So instead of viewing this project as a case piece, I really need to view it a little more from a chair perspective. So far I have gained most of my design inspiration for this project from Darrell Peart, a fantastic woodworker who specializes in the Greene & Greene style. Another design source: David Mathias’ book, “Greene & Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light”. Mathias’ book easily gets my creative juices flowing because it is full of actual photos of Greene & Greene homes and furnishings (as opposed …

What Will My Next Project Look Like?

I was catching up with an old friend one day when the subject turned to woodworking. He says, “What kind of things do you build?” I could have answered this question a few different ways. But, I talked about all various kinds of furniture I have built over the years with most of the work being case pieces. Later, I wondered if he meant what style I tend to work in; for example, early American reproduction furniture? This question would have been harder to answer. I do like historic American furniture, but what I really like is furniture which has a sense of architecture. This is why some of my designs feature a heavy cornice, or recessed panels. Within the world of architecture, I most like the work of Andrea Palladio. I like the order and symmetry of his work. While I have been influenced by Shaker furniture and even primitive American furniture, what I am most influenced by today is classic, orderly architecture. I say all of this because it is very possible I …