Over the last few months, I have not been writing much here, or seemingly doing much at all. Actually life has been quite hectic, and out of the clouds of sawdust has emerged this wardrobe. This was a commissioned piece by a very patient customer, who wanted to have something unique and interesting, which would be a family heirloom as well. Hence the interesting design of the wardrobe.
The timber used in this piece has its own story. The carcass of the wardrobe is made from customer supplied Rimu timber, that was recycled from a garage renovation. The darker coloured timber is also Rimu, but this was milled from a log that had washed up against a road bridge, from Te Waikoropupū Springs . the darker look is caused by soaking in the river for a good many years. The front tongue in groove was recovered from homes around Nelson. The poplar back panels, were also off cuts from some ones home panelling.
The wardrobe doors have a curved centre mullion, which caused considerable headaches as I went to fit it. On the outside of the carcass the integral legs, reflect the buttress of a tree with their gentle outward slope. The curves are taken a little further with the top architrave having a subtle curve as well. The observant amongst you will notice that the handle changed from the original small version to a far more organic one once installed. This recycled handle was offered as a choice and chosen as it simply looked a better fit for the wardrobe.
Inside is the brass rail for the clothes hangers. This is held up but holders in the shape of leaves. These leaves are made of both dark and light rimu, and look superb against the brass rail. The back of the wardrobe is panelled in poplar. The white of the poplar will help make the inside of the wardrobe feel brighter and lighter.
The piece was delivered today, and had looks simply fantastic in place. The customer was very happy as well, which is the ultimate goal.