I’ve learned from this feature not just about the huge diversity of interests of our readers, but also about how many of them are immensely talented in their avocations. And today’s reader, Doug Keck, is one of those. Here he is with some beautiful furniture. His words are indented:
I have spent a lot of lockdown time in my woodshop. This is a lifetime passion of mine. I have filled several houses with furniture over the years and am currently working on my son’s house.
The table and chair were inspired by furniture that I saw at the Villa Kerylos on the French Riviera. It was built and furnished between 1902 and 1908 by Theodore Reinach in the style of ancient Greece. The wood is koa, a Hawaiian wood now quite rare and expensive. I bought the wood in the 1970’s when it was cheap. These items used the last of it. The inlays are mother of pearl and ebony. The leather for the seat is from an elk hide jacket that my father had made from an elk he shot in about 1960.
The whirligig was just a fun little project. It is me hand planing a board. My current project is a teeter totter whirligig for my grandchildren.