Thomas White Desk

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Some of you might know about our Hobbs tradition, meeting once a year to build furniture together with my brothers, my Dad, and me. In 2010, our project was this desk. It has been a long haul, but a few weeks ago I actually was able to complete the finish and install the hardware. The desk is a reproduction of an original desk made by Thomas White in Perquimans County, NC, in the 18th century. Since I started this one over two years ago, so it feels GREAT to get it finished.

Wood, walnut from Irion Lumber in Wellsboro, PA and Bald Cypress from Northeastern NC as the secondary. Wood, aniline dye, shellac, and wax. Hardware from Marshall Brass in England. Photos: Wesley Lewis, Overland Park KS (my neighbor, a good guy and talented photographer).

Please let me know if you have comments, critiques, questions, or want to know more about the history of the piece. Thanks, Cal

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#1 posted 879 days ago

That is an exquisite piece of fine furniture. The wood selection is outstanding, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is superb. Secret compartments, wonderful carving, this piece has it all. Each time I look at the pictures I discover something else. Wow!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 879 days ago

WOW – exceptional work, outstanding craftmanship with flawless execution. This will certainly be a family heirloom in years to come. Congratulations.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#3 posted 879 days ago

Words fail me as I try to express my respect for the time and talent that went into this wonderful piece.

Thank you for sharing this with us!


-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 879 days ago

Beautiful!!! A woodworking Masterpiece. I bet that was fun working with your family. I would love to hear more about the history of this piece?

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 879 days ago

Wow! A pure master piece! Amazing work and finish. One to be proud of!!!!!!

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

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#6 posted 879 days ago

This is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship and a exceptional family heirloom. It just mesmerizing to say the least you guys have to be quit proud of the results thanks so much for sharing…BC

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#7 posted 879 days ago

I’m amazed by this project. The choice of wood, the grains, the details and finish are stunning to say the least.
Thank you for sharing this.

-- - Martin

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#8 posted 879 days ago

Amazing! Awesome looking wood and finish. What color aniline dye did you use? I saw your project build on the Rough Cut website. Thanks for sharing.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 879 days ago

It is absolutely a beautiful piece and very well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 879 days ago

Incredible, thank you for sharing.

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#11 posted 879 days ago

Outstanding—a beautiful work of art. I have to admit that I’m seldom jealous of anything, but in your case, this is an exception. Where did you find the plans for the inside work/drawers/dividers? Thanks for sharing. You give us all something to aspire to.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#12 posted 879 days ago

Thank you for posting this masterpiece! It is the kind of work that inspires people including me. Everything is awesome about the piece and like others I want to spend more time looking at the photos.

Please tell us more about the carving on the feet. The woodcarver in me wants to know :) just in case I’m blessed to build such a piece someday.

God’s peace,


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#13 posted 879 days ago

wonderful wonderful ,this is a outstanding major work of art ,fantastic craftsmanship,a piece that stands out and is something to be proud of the rest of your life.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 879 days ago

That is breathtaking- fantastic job!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#15 posted 879 days ago

Beautimus! Belle! Bonito!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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