I can't believe where the time has gone, it seems like only yesterday that I hung up my apron as a student and embarked on the journey as a professional cabinet maker.
- Frame & panel frame in ripple sycamore and walnut for the back of the cabinet -
I am fortunate to have continued on in the same workshop and although not strictly a student I have had the talented John Lloyd on hand to help with tricky design and technical decisions.
This continuity and support has allowed me to progress well with the linen press, if I am honest I can't quite believe that I have managed to make something as complex and significant after a years training. Sure the year has been super tough and intense but much credit has to go to John for his patience and focus in making a professional out of a complete novice.
- The bottom chest and top cupboard are separate cabinets, joined aesthetically with matched linking dovetails - no room for error here! -
I have spent this fantastic summer focused entirely on making a fine piece of furniture that will give pleasure and last many years. In many ways this piece represents the result of a years worth of hard work and learning, blood, sweat and tears in the truest sense. The finished press will act as a signature of the quality and attention to detail one can expect from a piece of petrel furniture.
So what's this final 10% about? Well, during the design phase you are able to break down the making process into a schedule which is used as a basis for cost and delivery. As a student the focus is on learning a skill and achieving a particular standard, time is not so much of a concern... oh how things change when the professional clock is ticking.
- The cabinet back, lined with a sycamore frame and panel section, its a shame it'll be against a wall! -
Well after many weeks of solid work I am now presented with a fine cabinet which looks as if its nearly there, only a few doors and drawers and a spot of polish, say about 10%.
- The top cornice, a fine line of sycamore give a frame to the piece, this technique is repeated in the base. -
The crazy thing is that the needle seems to have been stack at this 10% mark for a while now, that's not to say I've taken my eye off the ball or had a series of mistakes, on the contrary it's been an intense and focused period. The last 10% represents a distortion of time where energy is spent on many intricate tasks which although vital do not seem to move the project on, then suddenly as if pulling all the pieces together you complete in something of a flourish.
The images throughout this blog post show some of the stages of the making, this first major commission has been an incredible journey with the destination in sight... well only about 10% left now.