|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 11-10-2009 10:37 PM||6435 views||50 times favorited||75 comments|
Dear fellow Lumberjocks,
A dream comes true at last !!!
After almost five years of intense inspiration and much transpiration, when my heart guided my brain and my hands, the “Rococo two-section cabinet” was born by simply putting the upper cabinet (completed on Oct. 12, 2008) on top of the chest of drawers (just completed on Nov. 06, 2009). I wished I could build a piece of furniture resembling to an architectural project where the action of the gravitation force on heavy construction materials results in a sloping overall profile, as if it were discharging forces down to the ground. Thus, I acted rather as a stone sculptor than as a woodcarver.
Be sure that all of you were my encouraging companions during the second phase of this fantastic trek (year of 2009) to whom I have no words to express my sincere gratitude.
I intend to post photos of its “making of” just to show some odd but efficient solutions adopted by me, especially because I started this project by its natural end – the frontspiece – from where I went down to the feet (inverse logical order).
Some technical information:
It is 100% made of old growth rio-rosewood salvaged from a rural demolished larder and bought by me 12 years ago. The actual trees had been felled 100 years ago. The available pieces were quite irregular in shape and size (some like scraps) and full of cracks and hollows (as it is inherent to that species).
The wood seems to be “vitrified” so hard it is.
The finishing was done with a personally prepared wax (carnauba, bee’s wax, turpentine, etc.).
The whole project was completely conceived, drawn and hand carved by me, according to my personal interpretation of the Portuguese style “Dom Jose I” (Baroque + Rococo styles).
Only hand tools were used, except for the large board sawing.
The current time of completion (almost 5 years) includes many gaps of time (months) due to the normal “lack of inspiration”.
Dimensions: 70” high x 30” wide x 19” deep
I cheerfully envite you to drink a glass of wine with me… (do you remember the Bacchus sculpture?)