Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sizing up the Competition

I went down to my friends' shop, Don and Chris Boule of Boule Cabinetmakers, to wish them a merry Christmas. Don's work was my introduction to woodworking. I've spent numerous weeks in his shop. His fully self-furnished living room is my goal.

Don and Chris are also the reason I have a deadline for the dressing table on which I'm working. The three of us will be bringing our work up to Saratoga, NY in March for the NWA Showcase, where I will also be hosting a booth to showcase my planes with Raney of Daed Toolworks.

When I was at their shop I talked my way into their house. I was finally able to see the two completed pieces that they will be bringing up for the contest.

Don will be bringing a newly completed tea table:
(Don built his house. You can tell a woodworker lives there by the floor boards, which I didn't notice until I was going through the pictures at home. Nice touch Don!)

Chris, Don's son, will be bringing a scaled highboy: I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Just wait until you see this thing in person!

Here are a few snapshots of a highboy Don made several years ago. It's classic Dunlap. (Note: Don was actually trained by Donald Dunlap, of Dunlap lineage.)

Please excuse the picture quality, they offered to move the pieces from the glare coming in but I declined.

I'll get back to work now.


  1. How can you not love that signature Dunlap basketweave pattern. Crazy stuff but so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. All I can say is "WOW"

    Thanks for sharing


  3. Thanks for the photos. Both the furniture and the flooring are excellent.