Koa cabinet

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Project by cathyb posted 10-13-2011 08:04 AM 2870 views 5 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in August I pumped out a lot of work for a three day Fair and bombed! In my thinking, I needed a piece that would absolutely set me apart from every other vendor in that building. This cabinet has all the elements that I love: it has legs that give it lift, the compartments with the keepsake drawers are reminiscent of an old desk giving it a timeless feel, the doors are book-matched curly koa with handmade pulls -the consummate artist’s touch, and the catch is a rare earth magnet which gives just a soft pull back when opening the doors. It was a joy to make and it was my masterpiece and it did not sell. Honestly, I poured so much energy into the cabinet that I was deflated after the fair.
I went to the Mainland, came back and walked out into my shop and thought: “This is what I do. This is my heart and soul right here. Get to work!”
Two days later, the orders starting pouring in (that’s God you know). I’ve been working like a crazy fool ever since. Today the Gallery where I parked this cabinet called to say that it was sold. REALLY! That’s awesome…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 09:35 AM

Beautiful Cabinet Cathy!! I like the “Randomness” of the drawers and shelves, the pulls, and (of course) the Koa!!
Congratulations on the Sale, and on your “busy-ness”, but I’m not surprised… Your work is Top-notch!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 09:48 AM

I walk on Koa every day….400 sq ft master bedroom and home office. Beautiful floor.

I like the Koa better on your cabinet. )

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 10:23 AM

wonderful work
as usual cathy

great you got orders
and this piece sold

now back to work
keep that light shining

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 10:32 AM

I love little compartments, this totally makes the piece for me.

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 11:21 AM

Great work Kathy! I can see you put your heart and soul into this piece. That’s probably why it took longer for God to find the right owner for it. Congratulations on your orders.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 02:23 PM

Beautiful Cabinet! Congratulations!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 02:30 PM

That is a sharp looking cabinet Cathy.
You do such nice work.
High quality top to bottom !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 02:53 PM

James Krenov would approve!! This is a lovely piece.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#9 posted 10-13-2011 03:22 PM

Beautiful work.
The compartments, and little drawers are fantastic.

-- Anthony

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 04:53 PM

That is outstanding! The cabinet is a work of art. I’m jealous.
BTW, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 05:20 PM

That’s a beautiful piece of art. It’s cool! you get to do something you love. what’s the size? thanks!

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#12 posted 10-13-2011 05:22 PM

I have not worked with Koa yet but love the wood. I can see why the orders are pouring in with work like this on display! Kudis to you amazing work and look fwd to seeing more in the future.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 10-13-2011 05:45 PM

Nice job! And you just never know when sales will come your way!

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#14 posted 10-13-2011 05:50 PM

Just fantastic ! Both the Koa and your craftsmanship on this piece.
Congrats on your sale and the orders coming in…... no surprise to me at all….. your work is beautiful !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 10-13-2011 06:28 PM

you are so right, this is what you do and you do it so very well, im really happy for you that things started to sell, gods blessings are always there, this piece is just so beautiful, it really belongs here in my home, but one thing is lacking….correct….....the green stuff…..keep it up…i love that wood koa….your very fortunate to have it there to work with…look forward to your next projects…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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