Two weeks ago photographer Gareth Partington spent an evening in the workshop for a photo shoot of the Policeman’s Boot Bench and Esmerelda. I’ve been meaning to build up a portfolio of my work for some time, and Gareth’s photography is fantastic (seriously, check out the portraits on his site), so I was very pleased when he agreed to take photos for Over the Wireless. The photos of Esmerelda will follow in a separate blog post, but for now, here is a beauty pageant for the Policeman’s Boot Bench.
The Policeman’s Boot Bench.
Dovetails and dados. For this piece I wanted to emphasise simple but effective joinery as well as clean lines.
The shelves are orientated so that the most attractive quartersawn grain and medullary rays are at the front edge.
Tongue and groove backboards with a simple 1/8″ bead. Simple and classy.
The confluence of several features – dovetails, rose head cut nails, and my maker’s mark.
The foot detail came out really nicely, and gives a real lift to the piece. And the best thing? It’s all simple pre-industrial geometry.
Rose head cut nails fastening the backboards to each of the shelves.
And dressed. Featuring a selection of mine and Dr Moss’ shoes.
I’m not sure the Policeman will be using shoes quite like these…