Nearly Completed Private Commission

Completed the construction of an Art & Crafts, Prairie-style sofa over the holiday period. Ready to begin upholstery after the first of the year. The remaining pieces of the set - A Love Seat, Chair, and two End Tables - are soon to follow . Per the customers specifications, the entire set was built with quarter-sawn white oak specially selected for its grain pattern, emphasizing the wonderful "flakes" this remarkable wood yields.

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  • Kate Kate on Aug 25, 2016
    Do you have a picture or post on the finished sofa? I'm curious how the upholstery fits in with the beautiful frame.


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  • Chris J Chris J on Jan 13, 2013
    That is just beautiful. The wood grain is incredible. Our house is a Craftsman style house. We have quarter saw white oak pillars in our living room and all the woodwork is quarter sawn white oak as well. When we bought our house, the previous owners had painted it all white. We didn't know that it was white oak until I stripped a doorway and saw the grain. We scored an Arts and Crafts library table and a rocking chair at an auction and some quarter sawn white oak rolling library carts when our local library had an auction of "leftovers." There is just something about quarter sawn oak that makes you appreciate the finer points of furniture and the hand work that goes into using it. .
  • APSuess Fine Woodworking APSuess Fine Woodworking on Jan 14, 2013
    Truer words have never been spoken, Chris. As a custom furniture maker one learns the "personalities" of the various woods used in period construction. White oak is, without question, my favorite for its beauty, work-ability, and range of application. Furniture of the Arts & Crafts period, the first and arguably only truly American style, is unique in that one can fill an entire room with the style to create a visual harmony. However, one cannot do the same with any other style without the room becoming a visual cacophony.