Trip to Kansas City

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Blog entry by DrsHobby posted 10-16-2007 05:31 AM 1093 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, my wife and I went to Kansas City today to visit some friends that moved their this past summer. I recently gave them a cutting board listed as a project here, and like cajunpen suggested they don’t want to use it. We spent a good part of Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and it is worth the trip. The museum was very impressive. My wife being an artist loved it and so did I. The collection was extensive and the new addition the Bloch building was awesome. I did however want to post one of my findings at the museum here on lumberjocks.
In one of the galleries I stumbled on a very impressive piece of furniture. It was a bookshelf/desk made in Germany and was very impressive piece of marquetry. It was made of walnut and pine for the body of the piece and the marquetry was done with walnut, ebony and “fruitwoods” which I believe to be a term used when the other woods are not identified. I have included some pictures of the work here and I hope you enjoy them.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum Piece
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I was amazed at the depth in the work. I hope you enjoy it too.

-- -Alex, St Charles, MO - "Measure twice, cut once, and go back to the lumber yard because you still screwed up."

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#1 posted 10-16-2007 05:50 AM

Great pictures. I’ve not been there to the gallery in a while. My wife goes every couple of years. She going to KC this wed for 2 weeks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 10-16-2007 07:02 AM

Alex I sure wish that you had taken some dimensions – I would have loved to reproduce that piece :-)). It is beautiful, can’t imagine how someone develops that much talent.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 07:16 AM

Alex, did you go see the full sized replica of the Buddhist temple there? The hand-carved “lucky” cricket cages there are also wonderful.
What a great museum. I’ll have to go back soon as I was not consumed by the woodworking mania the last time I went.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 11:19 AM

oh my == astounding

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 12:12 PM

I which I got some dimentions as well. Unfortunetly, we only spent an afternoon at the museum, when we could have spend days looking at the different artwork.

-- -Alex, St Charles, MO - "Measure twice, cut once, and go back to the lumber yard because you still screwed up."

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#6 posted 10-16-2007 01:25 PM

Alex, thanks for showing us this piece. It is fantastic. The dimensions appear to be about the same as most of the Philadelphia type secretaries. Bill, you could just start from there. I’m not sure I would want to try to reproduce that piece. I don’t think I would live ling enough to finish. It is wonderful.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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