What do you see?

A recent piece in English walnut and Oregon white oak–a lap desk for a Benedictine Abbot. The walnut is so graphic it was like a week long Rorschach test. Depending on the orientation I saw a heron, sturgeon, lion, horse, pelican, lobster claws…but at least no partridge in a pear tree.

The pulls are Macassar ebony. Since everyone seems to handle box lids by the corners, I put the handles there–so now they’ll use a credit card to pry it open at the middle!

I’d like to use this wood combo again–they both work very nicely.

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