The cabinetmaker’s insertion of the featherbanding in this chest would be considered – even by most of his contemporaries – as ‘wrong’. One can’t deny the proficiency of the man as a cabinetmaker constructing a basic chest, but it can’t be claimed he was conversant in the latest cabinet fashions. He probably exceeded his repertoire in making and inserting the featherbanding and was likely ignorant of the banding being uncommonly wide and laid in an erratic fashion (fig. 1).
Fig. 1. Loose or careless composition?
Featherbanding usually flows clockwise (or at least all in the same direction); therefore some may consider my mimicking the somewhat randomly laid featherbanding rebarbative. However, it’s all par for the course as far as I’m concerned (figs. 2 & 3)!
Fig. 2. He did it first!
Fig. 3. It’s not quite as obvious in the grand scheme of things.
Fig. 4. Yesterday’s weather – 33°C (91.4°F) and 9% relative humidity – has assisted greatly with the overall loose look.