Category Archives: Furniture Timbers

Picture This CXIX

I previously mentioned the propensity for Common Elm to warp in connection with Windsor seats in Picture This CX – Redux. It is no doubt due to the same tendency that elm wasn’t more broadly employed (in the solid) for the … Continue reading

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Cross-Grained Mouldings

Mouldings on oak-framed buildings – and thence joyner-made oak furniture – followed the timber’s grain and were comparatively simple to produce. Then circa 1685, a new breed of specialised furniture maker appeared. Cabinetmakers developed more sophisticated techniques for making and … Continue reading

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Picture This XC

I have written previously on the topic of (usually vernacular) furniture that employs largely unfashionable or domestic timbers in its construction. Here again is an example of case furniture – a sophisticated cabinet-on-chest in this instance – anomalously moulded and … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXIX

Coming under the hammer at Sworders tomorrow, the 7th of June 2016, is this bureau, unusually veneered overall in a chevron pattern. The pre-auction estimate is £800 – £1,500 ($1,570 – $2,950). Fig. 1. Lot 357, a George III (II?) … Continue reading

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Berry Christmas

… we still dreſs up both our churches and houses, on Christmas and other festival days, with this cheerful green, and its rutilant berries. [i] Common Holly (Ilex aquifolium). Season’s greetings to one and all! Jack Plane [i] John Evelyn, … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Two

I am never without something to occupy myself, but spring is a particularly active time of the year: Horses, foals (currently five, with another three due imminently), tree planting, tree watering, keeping the greens in order and a myriad of … Continue reading

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UK’s Oldest Tree Undergoing Sex Change

I previously mentioned Scotland’s Fortingall Yew here. Well apparently there’s something queer going on with it: The UK’s oldest tree, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, is undergoing a “sex change”. Records have always noted the Fortingall Yew … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part One

I am taking a sabbatical to recharge my batteries and to make a copy of an adorably quirky, yet hallowed William III ash chest-on-stand (fig. 1) before attending to the final two chests for the book. Fig. 1. William III … Continue reading

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Crapping and Roses

Crapping and Rose’s timber yard was one of the many dotted along the South Bank of the River Thames in late eighteenth-century London. Horwood’s Plan of the cities of London and Westminster shows the yards stretched from Westminster Bridge eastwards beyond … Continue reading

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Report on Forest Trees of North America

North America is vast and by North Americans’ own frequent admissions, everything there is bigger and more profuse than anywhere else. We’re all vaguely aware of the prodigious amounts of oak, pine, walnut, ash and cherry grown in – and which … Continue reading

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