Show Off: Issue 3

Projects From Our Readers

Lady’s Writing Desk

Al Hudson, Knoxville, Tenn.
Made of curly cherry with ebony drawer pulls, this writing desk measures 48" wide and 39" tall at the top of the upper compartments; depth is 29". Hudson adapted his desk from one built by Peter Naramore of Kula, Hawaii. The beauty of this piece continues on the inside – all drawer sides and bottoms are made of tiger maple.

Drawing Table

Art Liebeskind, Baltimore
Peruvian mahogany, wenge and a high-pressure laminate writing surface all work together to make a handsome drawing table for Liebeskind’s 10-year-old grandson. Liebeskind created the design in a full-size template with a CAD drawing program, and then constructed the table with extensive use of floating tenons. The top can be raised from its angled position shown here to completely flat.


Thomas Irven, Bellaire, Texas
Irven developed a series of footed vessels during his residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He said the feet of “Skittering” are his interpretation of spider legs, and “not only raised the piece off the ground, but also allowed the piece to lean and created movement.” It’s made of figured maple and ebony, and measures 7" x 5" x 7".

Thorsen Sideboard

Darrell Peart, Auburn, Wash.
This is a “near-reproduction” of a Greene and Greene sideboard built for the William R. Thorsen house, circa 1910. The bolection (proud of the surface) inlay was crafted by Tom Duffy of Victory Mills, N.Y. Peart is an independent furniture maker specializing in adapted versions of Arts & Crafts styles. See more of his work at

Leafy Sea Dragon

William Henry, Hatfield, Pa.
This endangered relative of the seahorse is camouflaged among flowing leaves of kelp beds. Henry carved his life-size specimen in basswood, maple and birch before coloring it with Polytranspar water-based paints. With its turned mahogany base, the piece stands 16½" high.

“Clockworks #2” Kaleidoscope

J.R. Beall, Newark, Ohio
Made of bubinga with cocobolo trim and French inlay banding, this scope produces colorful mandalas. Its wooden chain transfers power to a set of wooden bevel gears which operates the pawl that turns the object case. “Clockworks #2” won the Artists Choice Award at the 2004 convention of the Brewster Society.
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