Issue Four T.O.C. – Examination of an English Walnut Kneehole Desk


Every weekday until the February 1st opening of Issue Four pre-orders, we will be announcing one article from the table of contents here on the blog. If you have yet to sign up for a yearly subscription, you can do so here.

Every issue we are committed to providing a thorough close-up insider view into a piece of pre-industrial furniture. These photo essays focus on showing tool marks and construction evidence because we believe seeing typical hand tool surfaces is one the most valuable ways we can learn about period craftsmanship.

We’re excited to share this English walnut kneehole desk with you readers in Issue Four because it is so unbelievably rife with the artisan’s fingerprints. While it has an elegant face, the interior reveals that this piece was made with practicality at foremost importance. Did you ever hear anyone say that English cabinetwork was more refined than American work? While there may be truth in that statement, this piece disagrees. But don’t take my word for it… look for yourself.

 

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