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Work in progress on a walnut long-case clock.
Trunk door-panel with carving by Salish First Nations carver Simon Louie.
Mock-up of eventual brass face fitted in the hood.
Brass face with cycle of life etched from a drawing by Simon Louie.
Stacks of sawn veneers.
A matched pair of Garry oak crotch veneers selected for a display cabinet
The veneers are first steam-ironed to flatten them.
A flattened veneer leaf
String inlay sawn on the bandsaw
Inlay mitre being cut
Dressing a 90 degree end on the lathe
Inlay mitres cut and ready to glue in place
Glueing the inlay in place
Clamping veneer squares in a drawer-front
Dressing veneer and inlay with a Norris plane
The dressed veneer and inlay
Fitting the stretcher centre-piece
Scoring a drawer-front before laying veneer
The drawer-front ready to take veneer
Clamping veneers on the drawer-front
Dressing drawer-front veneers
The finished drawer
Upper cabinet dry-assembled
Clamping veneers and inlay on the top-rail
Dressing cabinet veneers
........and flat scraper
Sawing 5/16" oak on the bandsaw to make cabinet back panels
Panels glued up
Upper section tenons cut
Upper section finally assembled
Chamfering edges of the display cabinet's lower section
Dressing chamfers with the plane
Marking out drawer dovetails
Final adjustments to upper section
The finished display cabinet
This series of images illustrates some of the process involved in building a traditional piece of furniture.
Ian Laval makes extensive use of sawn veneers, cut from the same local trees growing within reach of his workshop.
These veneers are sawn -- generally one-eighth of an inch thick -- from fresh, green timber. They are found in crotches, burrs and a variety of interesting places in the tree revealed in processing. They are then generally laid in book-matched pairs or quarters to embellish the furniture.