Monday, September 08, 2008
Kerry, WoodWorker Extraordinaire, wrote to say that the shelves I designed are almost done. He skillfully gives form to a sketchy napkin drawing I eagerly present to him over a late Saturday breakfast. We go buy the wood, he retreats into the workshop and then a few weeks later the photos start trickling in. Slowly, I see the design take shape.
This time around the design is based off a Rudolph Schindler table from the 1945. I took the theme and turned it into a pair of book cases. The vertical pieces holding up the shelves are recessed several inches back from the front. When the shelf is full of books, this piece will disappear and hopefully make the shelf look like its floating in space. I like the gravity-defying quality of cantilevers and reducing material use to the absolute minimum to do the structural job. Kerry says they came out great.