Figured European Pear, Ebony, Sterling Silver
Figured Mahogany, Amboyna Burl & Sterling Silver
44"W x 104"H x 25"D

A traditional Secretary consists of a lower chest of drawers, middle fall front desk, and upper bookcase. They are considered by many to be the highpoint in the art of furniture making. Creating a piece that brought my contemporary aesthetic to this traditional form is a challenge I looked forward to for many years. When I received a commission for just such a piece, I couldn't resist - I had to do two.

I had a large log of Figured European Pear in my lumber collection. My customer chose that as the main material for his. Ebony was the obvious choice as an accent material. I also had some special Figured African Mahogany in stock and decided to use it for the second piece, accenting the Mahogany with Amboyna Burl - one of my favorites. Both pieces are trimmed with Sterling Silver hardware that was clear coated to prevent tarnishing.

The Secretaries stand close to 9' tall, and are filled with small drawers, pigeon holes, detail carvings, and secret compartments. Much of the 3,000 hours put into each of them was spent on fine detail work. I think they are a good example of what can be achieved when you set out to do something really special. The biggest problem is deciding whether to display them with the doors closed - or open.