Today I visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The main reason for going was to see the exhibit: In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould. Chuck Bender wrote about this exhibit in September on his late Popular Woodworking blog.
I went and am now in the dog house. I picked this weekend based on the fact my wife and a group of our friends were going to the beach on Emerald Isle, NC. It is a beach house that has by rented by our group for six of the past eight years. Problem is I don’t love the beach as they do. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. We didn’t have beaches. They go to the beach, I go to Boston. Seems fair.
Now the bigger problem is that my wife’s work schedule changed and she isn’t able to go to the beach and I still went to Boston. The airplane tickets were non-refundable. At times the word conspires against you.
Back to the woodworking content of the blog. In February, I wrote the blog Bodged, it’s not what you think with a follow-up last Friday, They Did It the Hard Way, Bodged II. This is not bodging, it’s custom fitting.
Looking at this Nathaniel Gould secretary:
I took a look at the brasses and saw they were not all lying flat but some had been well fitted to the slant front and drawers.
And it goes both ways:
And this last picture is neither fitted nor bodged but it is a nice carved shell:
Oh, what the heck, the top shell and finial are interesting, too.
Only time will tell how much trouble I’m in. Probably not all that much. I have a truly understanding and tolerant wife. I do. Really.