Reproduction of a chest-on-chest attributed to Thomas Affleck
When I retired I expressed an interest in carving classes at Bess’s shop and she suggested this workpiece. Originally, I did not intend to build the cabinet since I was primarily interested in the carving aspect but she convinced me to pursue the entire project. The primary wood is mahogany and the secondary woods are white pine and white cedar which is in keeping with the original and other pieces of the time. The cartouche and the crown molding are entirely hand carved. The remainder of the chests were performed with hand methods alone wherever possible in a style consistent with 18th century wood working. Time of completion was 3 1/2 years of my free time.
Photos by me.
Hand carved cartouche and crown molding.