|Project by Clement||posted 08-03-2009 05:15 AM||2435 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
I would like to take credit for building this librarytable, but in all honesty cannot. But it was built by my father Benjamin Femelat. He owned rhe Femelat Mfg. Co. in downtown Houston. I have a few pictures of the inside of his shop, and in the late 1800’s ,Yes, as you would guess, everything was driven by belts from shafts in the ceiling. I can only guess that it was steam powered in those days.
What is so amazing to me, is that the table is well over 110 years old. I am told that it has some veneer in the stars, but most of the inlay work is .25 in. thick. I have had it in my posession for aprox. 50 years. I suppose that having it around this length of time, has influencrd me to try my hand at woodworking. In picture two and four, you can see my first Barrister book case. I would only hope, that if he knew, what I am doing, that he would be as proud of me, as I am proud of knowing of him.
If this story is seen by anyone that was around the Houston area in the late 1800’s, that he would contact me. Or decendents of same.
Thanks for letting me share this library table with you, even if I did not build it.
May God Bless
-- Clement, from Longview in East Texas