This weekend, I just delivered this Huntboard to western Virginia. Here are a couple shots of it in place in its new home as well as a few with a backdrop in my shop. It looks great in place and is in good company with many other great pieces of furniture, that I did not make, however two of my Waltham Rockers are also there. (see photo below) I am very happy with how the construction and the finish on this piece came out.
I am very grateful to the clients for allowing me to build this piece for them. I had a line drawing that accurately portrayed the dimensions but the overall feel the piece was still a mystery until completion. The milk paint over the cherry for instance is something that I do on chairs quite often but it is very different on a case piece. I hoped for exactly what I got so I am very pleased. The finish is silky smooth yet very close to the wood. The grain can be seen through the paint even where it is not worn off. The client had asked for the piece to be very worn and it really works. It is a joy to run your hand along the hand planed thumbnail detail of the top and the paint really shows off the hand shaped bead details that surround the drawers and end panels.
Upon arriving at their beautiful mountain home, I was treated to a light meal and great conversation by my generous hosts. Meeting them and seeing where the piece would live, topped off the whole project for me.
If you have not been following this piece, the piece is made of cherry with a thin and worn black milk paint finish sealed with linseed oil, gel varnish and topped off with a coat of wax made of linseed oil and bees wax. The drawer interiors are pine, sealed with a coat of amber shellac and the back is ship-lapped poplar. The dimensions are 72″ wide, 18″ deep and 38″ tall. Custom sizes are always available. Read my previous postings here to learn more about this piece.
Below are two of my Waltham Rockers which I had made previously for the same clients. These live in the room adjacent to the dining room that is home to the Huntboard.
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