|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 07-05-2009 08:06 AM||3843 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a hand crafted solid mahogany English library. This 16’ by 20’ room includes a granite counter wet bar, audio center and fireplace. Ten individual bookcases units were custom built and fitted within the room using hand carved moldings.
Hand planed raised paneling surrounds the doors and fireplace – yes hand planed, we’re the last of the insane ones that actually do that. The short version of the story was when our client asked us to actually hand plane the whole room of panels I made a joke that I’d consider it if he bought me a new truck. Well … my previous truck … he took the deal. I was lets see, 13 years younger at the time and my arms still felt like they were going to fall off. The cost of a truck has gone up a tad; I still think I’d take the deal again and suffer the achy arms!
The molding work is all carved with a modified dogwood and leaf pattern. Shelves and structures are all solid mahogany, except the back panels which we determined given the number of books covering them was just not worth doing in solid wood. I’m actually surprised the client didn’t go all solid backs.
The room incorporated a wet bar, fireplace, hidden cabinet for a central home audio system, and gold painted crown molding. Very classic English woodwork appeal.
The room resides in an 11,000 square foot reproduction French Chateau in New Jersey. We’d love to get to do a few more of these rooms soon!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com