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Harold Wood and John O’Brien met in Texas in the 1990s when both were fitting out “flying palaces” for sultans and heads of state. Wood, an Englishman who moved to San Antonio in the 1970s, ran a very successful company there decorating and furnishing the interiors of private jets. Having apprenticed under his father, a prominent English painter, he initially created murals and other finishes for aircraft interiors and eventually designed all the furnishings as well.
View Wood and O’Brien’s Work in Fine Woodworking #217
How They Did It
O’Brien, raised in San Antonio, had worked for many years in residential and aviation cabinetmaking when he joined Wood’s firm, where he oversaw 30 other cabinetmakers. When Wood sold the company in 2000, he thought he would be spending most of his time painting pictures. But he also had a few pieces of furniture he wanted to design, and he asked if O’Brien would like to build them.
O’Brien’s answer was absolutely. Ever since then the two have worked as a team, with Wood designing and O’Brien fabricating. And they have produced an array of pieces that combine jaw-dropping materials, outstanding design and utterly uncompromising craftsmanship.
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As a builder of handmade furniture I can safely say the wood grain is mesmerizing, and this is a real work of art. Very inspirational to say the least.
What beautiful work! The craftmanship and detail are impeccable.
Since the drawer fronts would expand in all four directions you would have to allow expansion in the drawer slides as well as top and bottom. I wonder if the resin in the old boards has changed over the years? Solidified or dried out any and making it stronger? This is beautiful stuff! Why can't I come up something like that. Whoops, my jealousy is showing.
My kind of work! Love it!
I question the strength of this end grain construction. I've worked with end grain yellow pine, and anything less than 2" thick is very vulnerable to breakage. A 3/4" in drawer face maybe with a very dense end-grain, but I see those pulls easily breaking. Very attractive, but I question the longevity.
Conjunction of knowledge, hability and historical references... A real work of art.
It is realy inspirationnal to see such a high quality workmanship, where history, knowledge and hability focus on one single audacious project.
It's like a Christmas gift !
I often see things here that impress me but I do not take the time to comment and although I may think that a work is executed extremely well I do not see the art of the maker but instead great craftsmanship and the art of some other person or of another time. But here it is totally awesome.
These are inspiring works of art, to say the least.
Awesome! Love these videos.
Tom’s cabinet blunder and other smooth moves. Plus we roll out some new segments: stats and surprise questions. Will they make the cut?
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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