Sunday, February 15, 2009

Vanity VI

All in all the top for the vanity took a little over two weeks to make, another 1oo-odd hours added to the project. I haven't attempted to sell the cabinet since. In some ways it is all but unsellable, at least by the gallery route, due to the 40~50% percentage they typically charge. I might put in in a gallery as a 'not-for-sale' piece, in the hope that it might lead to other commissions. In the meantime, the vanity sits in my living room, under a blanket. I want to keep it away from the sunlight and the dust, and well-protected in case I find a buyer for it one day. That may never happen, and at some point I will have to figure out whether to start using it or not. That's what furniture is made for after all, to be used.

Here are some photos of the completed piece, out by my front door on a sheet of plywood. Not the usual studio setting with cloth backdrop, and professional lighting, but I hope it will convey the appearance well enough. I can see the appeal of the rosewood as a material, and would like to make more pieces from rosewood.

One point I did not mention in my earlier posts concerns the latticework on the piece, obviously made from a lighter-colored material - this in fact is Walnut sapwood.

I inlaid my business crest into the bottom, and signed it. I have mixed feelings about signing pieces, but I did so in this case. For some strange reason I wrote "Sept~Oct" when in fact it was "Sept~Dec" - sometimes I lose track of which month it is, and I think part of me didn't want to face the fact that I had just worked 4 months on this piece. Oh well, can't always be logical I guess.





6 comments:

  1. A great reading experience (even if the making wasn't always great). The cabinet is fantastic - thanks for sharing, not only the finished product, but the very detailed explanation from design through finish.

    Steve

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    1. Steve,

      sorry for the very late reply. Your comment is much appreciated!

      ~C

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  2. what a magnificent piece Chris, and quite a story behind it too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Neda,

      sorry for the very late reply. Your comment is much appreciated!

      ~C

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  3. That sure is a beautiful piece. Setting it in a gallery as a not for sale piece sounds like a good idea, or perhaps the gallery owner may consider a lower commission if it would sell. It would also be a great piece to have professionally photographed for postcards to send to interior designers etc.

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      sorry for the very late reply. Your comment is much appreciated!

      ~C

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