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Student: Lance Smith

  • Grade: Post Secondary
  • Ranking: First Place
  • Category: Tables
  • School: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
  • Where: Rockport, ME
  • As someone coming to the world of furniture-making as a way of satisfying my long-suppressed inner need to find a creative and concrete way of expressing myself, I want every piece that I make to convey a story upon first sight. Who would own this? How would it be used? Why would it be here? What does this say about its owner?

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    This piece was designed to show elegance in simplicity and to allow the wood to be the major design component. As such, while the desk consists of very few lines, and a few sensual but subtle curves, the choice of materials tells the observer immediately that this isn’t just anyone’s writing desk. And the size of the writing surface and presence of only a single drawer makes it equally clear that this isn’t a desk one would sit at all day long and use for more than one purpose. The long slender legs suggest that this desk isn’t used for paying taxes or grading papers. This desk clearly belongs to someone extraordinary who wants to feel connected to the letters on the desk-the subtle curve at the front of the desk allows her to move closer to the letters.

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    The unnecessary continuation of the veneer on the bottom where one would normally see the inner workings of the case construction conveys a sense of admiration for the owner by the maker. This is a desk you want to touchГіnot just to feel the smooth surface but to connect with the desk’s owner. This is the kind of furniture I want to make.

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    The desk was designed to meet a simple design brief-build something with at least one curve and some veneered surface. It has a hard maple core on the legs and a walnut case construction. The entire desk is wrapped in shop-sawn Macassar ebony. The drawer web framing and insides are Birdseye maple. And the top of the desk is actually birch plywood covered in shop sawn thick veneer and commercial burl veneer. The construction proved to be quite challenging for several reasons. The use of Macassar ebony posed problems as the wood began to check as soon as it arrived in the shop. Flushing 1/16-inch-thick shop-sawn veneers to a surface that has commercial veneer was challenging. Wrapping veneer over a drawer pocket and front required lots of numbering. Wrapping shop sawn veneer over the curved legs utilized every small clamp available.

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    Every step of the construction was challenging for me, but it was exactly what I was hoping it would beГіa great learning experience that gave me a piece to be proud of when all was said and done.

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