Art Nouveau Bed

Life and Death In the Garden

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Beautifully hand crafted Marquetry and carving. This bed depicts life in a garden with its depictions of a blooming climbing rose bush. Death is depicted by a spider and its web. 

It is in the details

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The framework of this bed was done in solid African Sapele lumber. Every square inch was hand worked with small power tools and lots of miscellaneous carving tools. 

Old world craftsmanship

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The Marquetry veneer work was all hand cut on a 17th century French Chevalet cutting saw. 

There were no power tools used in the veneer cutting 

The making of it

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Idea and Design Insperation

I have always loved the Art Nouveau style with its flowing carved wood pieces and the highly ornate veneer work. This bed is a take on that style with a modernistic feel.  I wanted a new bed and one day it just came to me. With just a few sketches I was ready to start the undertaking. 

Drawing

Drawing full size plans was the next step. Figuring out all the joinery methods and art work at this stage makes the whole process almost trouble free. All of the drawings were done on 1/8 hardboard for a durable shop print. 

Veneers

The Veneers were selected for this project from my personal collection of exotic and domestic woods. The main background panel is a bookmatched Imbuya Pomelle with a Zebrawood and Maple border. The crest inset is Amboyna  burl. The flowers are Maple,Holly and Sycamore naturally colored woods. The stem of the rose bush is Sapele with multiple dyed green woods for the leaves. All of the rose parts were hand cut with the Chevalet saw and burned in hot sand for the shading effect. After they were shaded the pieces were assembled and then knife cut into the background. 

Pietre Dure

Pietre Dure or stone marquetry/inlay was a process used to create the spider and silver web. The  sterling silver spiderweb and spider was cut into the background after the panels were pressed. I modified a tool I had to cut grooves for the real sterling silver wire to be applied to the panel. The silver wire was glued intot the cuts with epoxy. The stone spider was made from a jasper rock slab. I cut the spider parts on a wet bandsaw and finished shaping with a grinder. I used chisels and a hobby knife to cut the recesses for the spider parts. This was my first attempt at inlaying metal and stone into veneered panels, It looks great but could of been better.

Wood Frame

The framework for the bed was made with 12/4 solid sapele lumber. With the full size plans I prepared the lumber to fit the beds design. The flat stock was cut to size and joinery cut for the final assembly. I shaped and carved the lumber in sections at a time and did the final shaping once they were pieced back together.

Dimensions

This bed is a queen sized platform bed. The headboard measures 132 inches wide and 86 inches tall. The platform has 4 large drawer boxes and sits 16 inches tall.




Custom Beds

Summer Love Bed

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A beautifully crafted one of a kind bed. This bed features a marquetry inlay of frogs sitting on a blade of grass. Bed was made out of solid walnut with the main veneers of quilted maple and zebrawood.

Footboard Detail

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This beds footboard incorporates many domestic and exotic wood veneers. All pieces were hand cut and sand shaded in burning hot sand. The frogs eyes were made from repurposed antique elephant ivory.

Headboard Detail

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The headboard has a dragonfly inlay made from 5 various dyed veneers . The wings are made from abalone shell. 

12 Foot Tall Bed

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This king sized bed was made from macassar ebony wood. it took 4 bending molds to make the radiused panels. A tv lift is in the footboard with a black granite top

Details

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Radiused corner panels, radiused footboard cabinet and radiused nightstands

Canopy Detail

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A sunburst veneered canopy tops this fabulous bed. A 32 piece book matched panel with can lights.

Ferdinand The Bull Bed

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A marquetry bed made for a special client. This bed depicts Ferdinand the Bull from the Disney Fantasia movie. This is an actual scene from the movie made from various woods. 

Detail

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Footboard detail with a burled tree and various flowers. Ferdinand standing at attention.

Detail

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Headboard detail of tree top and clouds in the sky. The bed is made from solid mahogany and veneers of satinwood, imbuya pommelle, sapele pommelle, poplar and various dyed woods.

Ebony Bed

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Ebony and sapele pommelle king size platform bed. An awesome bed with lighted sapele boxes inset into the macassar ebony headboard.

Ebony Bed

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Ebony and leather king size bed. A custom made king bed with white leather inserts. Finished in a super gloss finish.

Oceanfront Beds

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6 mahogany beds made for a condo in Destin Florida. Platform beds with very large storage drawers underneath.

Bunkbeds

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A custom set of 9 beds in a Michigan lakehouse. These beds were 11 foot tall and made from pine.

Bunkbeds

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The second wall of the custom bunkbeds. Notice the large dovetailed joinery of the frame rails.

Repurposed Bed

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A bed made from the front door of a house. This bed is in a lakehouse in Michigan 

Tables

Conference Table

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An exquisite veneered conference table. Woods used were solid sapele, veneers of sapele, karilean burl, amboyna burl, macassar ebony, holly and gaboon ebony

Detail

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Corner detail of tabletop. Woods shown are sapele, gaboon ebony, holly, macassar ebony and karilean burl

Table Top

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Conference top has slight radius edges. Veneer cutting patterns were cnc cut to insure accuracy in form. Amboyna burl 8 way bookmatch is the center piece to this table.

Rustic Table

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Rustic knotty hickory table

Turned Post Table

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A paint grade table with a solid 18 inch round turned post

Custom Veneered Tops

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Here is an Imbuya Pomelle dining room table. It has a 16 piece bookmatched top a karelian burl pedestal wrapped with a maccasar ebony banded edge.