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Tilt Front Desk with DeCou Original Carved Panel; inspired by the late-Birger Sandzen

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 10-15-2007 10:14 PM 3895 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This project has been “sold”, but if you would like something similar, please email me:

mark@decoustudio.com

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Project Story:
This is a commissioned project for a past client. They needed a laptop computer desk to sit off the side of the kitchen, and wanted it to match the existing Birch Cabinets built in the early 1960’s. They also wanted a carved panel on the front with my own original artwork design, inspired by the work of Kansas artist, the late-Birger Sandzen.

What I designed was a tilt front desk to provide both a work surface, and hidden storage, with open cookbook storage below. On top of the desk, will sit another bookcase to hold Cookbooks.

The artwork I drew and carved is of a Kansas Flinthill’s Prairie homestead scene that I titled “Stone House on the Prairie.”

I also built the hammered copper finger pull handle myself, as working in copper is something I enjoy doing as well.

The carving has been airbrushed with tinted lacquer to add depth, shadows, and to form the styling of a late-Birger Sandzen styled woodcut print.

If you would like to see the building process for this project, please visit my blogs, where I detailed the various parts of the project.

  1. Building the Project
  2. Carving the Panel
  3. Airbrushing the Carving
  4. Making the Copper Hardware
  5. Designing and Building the Matching Chair
  6. Desk, Chair, and Shelving Installed

Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.

Arts and Crafts, Mission Style Related Projects:
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  3. Arts & Crafts Style Morris Inspired Chairs
  4. Arts & Crafts Display Top Coffee Table
  5. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set
  6. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired Prairie Couch
  7. Table Lamps
  8. Arts & Crafts Carved Entertainment Center
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  7. Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten
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  8. Fun With Cedar Logs #3; Western Style Hat/Coat Rack
  9. Fun With Cedar Logs #4; Entryway Stool
Outdoor Furniture Related:
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  3. Outdoor Project: Cedar Wood Double Settee

These photos, project design, original artwork, and sketches are protected by copyright by M.A. DeCou 10-15-2007, all rights reserved. Please inquire into the use of this material, I might surprise you and say, “Yes.”

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com





22 comments so far

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TomFran

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#1 posted 10-15-2007 10:17 PM

As always, Mark, this is amazing work! Very beautiful and original.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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WayneC

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#2 posted 10-15-2007 10:21 PM

Wonderful work Mark. Showed to the folks around the house here and everyone really likes it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 10-15-2007 10:35 PM

Followed this in your blog, and like I said there this is a really great piece. Making your own hardware is just showing off though ;-)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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mot

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#4 posted 10-15-2007 10:49 PM

This is an amazing piece, Mark. It is to your usual standard.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 10-15-2007 10:52 PM

Great work. Enjoyed the blog too !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 10-15-2007 11:04 PM

You know Mark, with a little practice I think you could become a reasonably good carver. LOL!

I always admire your work, but you really outdid yourself with this one!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Philip Edwards

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#7 posted 10-15-2007 11:15 PM

Fantastic, Mark!
Congratulations,
Phil

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 10-15-2007 11:54 PM

This has become what we expect from you, Mark. Another fantastic, wonderful piece of Art. Congratulations.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dadoo

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#9 posted 10-15-2007 11:55 PM

Wow Mark, this did turn out real nice. I like the brick detail on the house as well.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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David

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#10 posted 10-16-2007 12:58 AM

Mark -

Wonderful work as always! Thanks for sharing the building process.

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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mrtrim

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#11 posted 10-16-2007 01:15 AM

great work !

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 10-16-2007 01:21 AM

Hi Mark;

Don’t you think it’s time to go “pro”? LOL

If only your client’s could realize your very soul is in each piece you build, they might be willing to pay what it’s really worth.

As always, outstanding!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Roger Strautman

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#13 posted 10-16-2007 03:54 AM

Just as I would expect from you. Quality that only a few out there can achieve. A big thunbs up from me!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Karson

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#14 posted 10-16-2007 04:08 AM

Mark:

A great job. Superior design and implementation. I hope the customer is back for more.

-- 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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#15 posted 10-16-2007 12:19 PM

I am sure someday people will study Mark’s work in the books as we do nowadays with the works of Maloof, Nakashima or the rest…

”Chapeau bas, Monsieur”, my hat’s off to you, Sir.

Now, the problem is that, if I were the lucky customer, I’d never put the laptop on it because that would mean I won’t be able to see the carving! :o)

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