My Saturday started with a visit to the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at NC State University. Always good to look at nice shiny things I can almost afford. After around 45 minutes, I figured I had extracted about all the fun out of the event I could and it was starting to get crowded. Time to move on. Since I was way over in Raleigh, I thought I would do something different and go look at antiques.
I visited many of the usual places. Mostly a nice selection of the mundane, a few fancy pieces and one over-the-top French desk. There were a few things I found interesting.
The following piece is a bit of an enigma. The parts seem old but there are many contemporary features. The old, puckering and lifting veneer. Hand cut dovetails and solid drawer bottoms. Sawtooth shelf supports. A natural looking patina.
The new. Shiny euro hinges on the center doors and a track and pocket into which the doors disappear, like the armoire in your favorite hotel. The satin black boards on the back are atached with bright shiny staples.
Is a puzzlement…
This piece was described as being homemade. It doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen. I hate to use the word naive but it fits. It has all the right parts and features just arranged a bit differently. And without regard to convention. The anarchist’s server.
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