A bed fit for a princess
If you’ve ever attended a class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, you’ve seen the framed Disney marquetry on the walls, done by the school’s owner. And you probably also know that Adams is a Disney super-fan. He loves the old movies, he loves the artistry, he loves how the parks are run, and most of all, he admires Walt Disney’s philosophy of “plussing,” or asking his employees to take their work ever-higher.
That has been Marc’s goal with his own school, where he has steadily added buildings, classes, and pluses for the 1,000s who pass through the doors each year. It is in the quiet helpfulness of his staff, the long hours he keeps the facilities open for students, the lunches served each day, everything down to the ice-cream machine, which is always on. He’d better make it a wonderful island, since it sits in the middle of endless Indiana cornfields!
Marc’s woodworking is Disney-inspired, too, and he is just finishing his masterpiece, a bed for his daughter, which has taken 5 years to complete. I was there last week during Adams’ winter break, to produce an in-depth video workshop on safe tablesaw use, and Marc took me out into a cold classroom building to see this amazing piece of furniture. Aside for some sanding, a professional paint job, and draping the fabric on the posts and canopy, just as it appeared in “Beauty and the Beast,” the bed is done. He designed it from close examination of the movie, adding carved friezes of the main characters.
Marc Adams with his Beauty and the Beast bed. Each sinuous post started as a huge poplar glue-up, and was finished with a rasp.
The sculpted areas are smooth, fair, and flawless.
Adams hand-carved all of the movie's characters into the bed. Belle is the star, of course.
The Beast faces her on the left.
I especially love Adams' reproductions of the famous Disney poster boards that were displayed in theaters is days past. Marc has developed his own techniques for dying veneers, in order to get perfect, lightfast renditions of each vibrant color.
All of the posters are done with wood marquetry, some with a scroll saw, and the more precise parts with an Eplilog laser engraving machine.