David Selditz, West Coast/Asian Influenced
Hall entry table specialty
The hall entry table at right, based on a Greene and Greene design lends itself to form, function, and detail. I think it's a multi-use piece that can be placed directly inside the front door, in a bedroom, or behind a sofa. The significance of this piece is in the detail with contrasting splines, pegs, and brackets, all functional and decorative. The table above was constructed using vertical grain Sapele and quartered red oak as secondary wood. The peg and spline detail are Gabon ebony, and for the finish I applied an oil and urethane mix concocted in my shop.
I still enjoy making the Pagoda Box, though it remains exclusive to the Patina Gallery in Santa Fe or done on request. These boxes remind me of the start of my journey and of how I've evolved as a craftsman. My only focus is to continue to learn this craft, to become better technically, and to build what pleases me.
I think John Ruskin said it best, "The lyfe so short, the craft so long to learn."
You can build our version of David's Pagoda Box from detailed step-by-step plans.
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