Splinter Workshop

Elswick Sideboard

by Paul Nicholson

I designed this piece to highlight the qualities of american oak. The carcass was made from red oak and was then fumed with ammonia vapour. Fuming is a traditional technique commonly used during the arts and crafts period to darken oak to a rich brown colour. The ammonia reacts with tannin in the wood causing it to darken to a depth of several millimetres. The door and drawers are made from quarter-sawn white oak (un-fumed) and were carefully selected to highlight the spectacular medullary rays. The door and drawer pulls are hand turned from brass.

Dimensions

Height: 900
Length: 1150
Depth: 475

Materials

Fumed American red oak, Quarter sawn American white oak, brass.

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