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Project by Darrell Peart posted 06-09-2009 04:04 PM 2841 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This piece is a sentimental favorite of mine. It was the first design where I felt everything had “clicked”.
Back in the year following 9/11 my orders had dropped off to ZERO and added to that – I was feeling increasingly frustrated with how my designs were going – no real spark or life.
While standing in line at the grocery store one day – and thinking about the design I had on my computer screen (what would become the Aurora Table Desk) – I found myself staring out at the overhead windows to the Aurora Bridge ( Freemont district – Seattle). The arches in the bridge structure caught my attention and I knew what was missing from my design. I raced home and went to work re-drawing the table desk. I arched the rail beneath the drawers and made the drawers conform to the arch.
Prior to this I had been somewhat religious about following the rules of design. This new twist was not something that the rules had taught me – but I was on fire with this new design. I decided the rules were not getting me where I wanted to be – I should rely more on my intuition. I wrote about this on my website in a little stylized essay I called “Regulae Stultis Sunt” – or in English “Rules are for Fools”.

http://furnituremaker.com/rules_are_for_fools.htm

My Aurora Pedestal Desk is the “grown up “ version of this desk.
Sorry – this is the only photo I have to show of this piece.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop





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Julian

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#1 posted 06-09-2009 04:43 PM

Very nice design and execution. The “rules are for fools” statement is so true. It does nothing but confine creativity.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 05:18 PM

A classy looking desk Darrell. The arches add a very nice look to your design.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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woodchic

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#3 posted 06-09-2009 09:04 PM

This is very nice.

Robin Renee’

AKA…......Woodchic

-- Robin Renee'

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kiwi1969

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 12:49 AM

I,m always impressed by your work. The design essay was interesting and from it i,m guessing your not only a clever designer but a closet trekky as well?! I have to admit to being more of a copyist than an original thinker, most of my stuff i,ve made in the past just doesn,t work and I usually end up useing other peoples ideas.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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Darrell Peart

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 01:41 AM

Thanks everyone,
Kiwi – I am a bit of a trekky – but I don’t walk around the shop dressed up as a Klingon. I saw the new Star Trek movie and liked it – wasn’t sure if I would.
I have a little exercise I used to do – to help me branch on my own——
Take a design you really like – usually something from a book or magazine
spend a few minuets every night for a week or two just staring at the design
think …....what is it you like about the design
Put the book or magazine away for at least a week – don’t even peek at it.
Now start drawing the piece – again without looking back at it.

I think studying other people’s work is a good starting point in finding out what you want to design yourself.

I found I would often draw something a bit different than the original

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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kiwi1969

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 07:47 AM

I will give that idea a try. I often modify old plans to suit modern needs, like writing desk internals to suit electronics rather than cubbys, but from scratch has always been a challenge.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 05:47 PM

Light and graceful design ,This desk looks beautiful as does all your work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Darrell Peart

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#8 posted 06-10-2009 06:04 PM

Jim – yes – I am glad you picked up on that – I wanted to make it light and graceful but I also wanted to convey a feeling of “stoutness” with the 8 legs and dominate center negative space. I was hoping to balance masculine and feminine qualities.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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Karson

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#9 posted 06-13-2009 03:31 AM

Darrell: great looking piece. Very powerful in a graceful concept.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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kcrandy

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#10 posted 06-14-2009 04:57 AM

A lovely and functional design. What are its dimensions? I really congratulate you. This is a beautiful piece.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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Bloonose

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#11 posted 06-14-2009 02:14 PM

Darrell, when retraining to become a furniture maker I applied to enter a course and used pictures of your work as an example of what I’d like to be able to create when I finished. Still not at your level but glad you didn’t give up. Wish I lived in the US and could go on one of the courses you teach at. Please post more of your work for all to appreciate! Must get round to buying your book…....

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Darrell Peart

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#12 posted 06-15-2009 04:42 PM

Hi Bloonose,
Good luck with the furniture making class. I am sure you will do well. I will post more images of my projects soon.

kcrandy—- the dimensions of the Aurora Table Desk are 29 3/4” high x 30” wide x 60” long

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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kerflesss

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#13 posted 06-15-2009 04:48 PM

Hi Darrell! I really enjoyed you sharing your design. It’s lite almost oriental flavor gives a nice look accented with your understated touches. Great job. Very nicely done…

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Matt Miller

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#14 posted 10-17-2013 02:03 PM

Mr Peart:

I enjoy your work and love the graceful arch and look of your desk design here. I was wondering what you thought about using non-traditional G&G materials in this design style. I have some white oak that I had sawn from a beautiful tree that blew down in my yard last year. I was thinking of adopting portions of your design here (and general G&G design characteristics) into two desks for my two children. My thinking would be to use primarily rift/quater sawn boards (and veneer as appropriate) into a desk design with the cloud lifts, ebony (or wenge as that’s what I have on hand!) accent plugs and tenons, breadboard ends, etc.

Thank you for your time !

Matt

-- Matt

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 10-17-2013 02:30 PM

This is definitely a nice piece. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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