Twisted and Textured
Clever router work yields unique textures
Synopsis: John Lee makes furniture full time in a shop he built behind his father’s house in County Meath, Ireland, using traditional techniques to create innovative furniture. His oak chest of drawers 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.
Even before he learned to walk, John Lee was a constant presence in his father’s woodshop, where he would stand for hours in a playpen and watch his father work. By age 3 or 4, he had projects of his own under way. Four decades on, working full time in a shop he built behind his father’s house in County Meath, Ireland, Lee uses traditional techniques to create extremely innovative furniture.
His chest of drawers in solid European white oak not only curves but also twists…