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John Lee: Extra Texture with a Twist

comments (4) July 30th, 2014 in blogs

JonBinzen Jon Binzen, senior editor
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John Lees chest of drawers in solid European white oak not only curves but also twists and tapers, requiring that each of its 20 hand-dovetailed limewood drawer boxes be joined at a different angle and fitted with a uniquely shaped applied front. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

John Lee's chest of drawers in solid European white oak not only curves but also twists and tapers, requiring that each of its 20 hand-dovetailed limewood drawer boxes be joined at a different angle and fitted with a uniquely shaped applied front.


 

Working alone in the shop he built behind his father's house in County Meath, Ireland, John Lee makes furniture that displays a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of furniture structure and the imperatives of wood movement-but also reveals a fine disregard for the conventional shapes and surface treatments of furniture.

 

In the decade that he's been out on his own, Lee has built one piece after another that tweaks tradition and delights the eye.

 

Lee has been working wood since he was a very small boy tinkering in the shop of his father, a woodworking teacher. Lee attended Ireland's renowned Letterfrack Furniture College, and from there was recruited to work in England for Andrew Varah, a prominent maker whose shop produced superb veneered furniture. After five years there, Lee returned to Ireland and worked another five years with a Dublin firm building boardroom tables and other high end commercial woodwork.

 

It was with this sound background in the craft that Lee launched his own shop in 2004 and began developing his own distinctive style. This audio slideshow presents a range of Lee's remarkable pieces and examines some of the methods he used to build a serpentine chest of drawers.



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Comments (4)

taneze taneze writes: I have no doubt.
He speaks with God.
Posted: 2:40 pm on September 10th

RogerEllison RogerEllison writes: This is some of the most amazing design and technique I have ever seen.
Posted: 1:22 pm on September 6th

BGodfrey BGodfrey writes: Incredible creativity! So now I feel like a caveman with an axe.
Posted: 12:22 pm on September 6th

colinlye colinlye writes: Eye grabbing, exceptional and beautiful. A new dawn has arrived. Very inspiring. It is so Original like Greene and Greene was. Please record everything you do for a future generation.

Posted: 9:09 am on September 6th

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