C R Washburn Fine Woodworking

Focusing on your unique desires


Pearl's Laptop Open Pearl's Laptop Closed
Pearl's Laptop Detail #1
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Pearl's Laptop

19" x 15" x 9"

mahogany, oak, brass

I fell in love with a portable writing desk that I saw in a book titled "Treasure Chests" published by Tauton Press. It originally belonged to Capt. Elisha Palmer in the mid 1800's. Now it resides in the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic, CT. All I had to go on were the two pictures in the book and the museum catalog description which included the overall dimensions. Not having the sizes of all the different parts made it impossible to build an exact replica. As a result, when I drew up the plans, the proportions didn't feel right to me. After much rework, I finally settled on a design I liked. Just as in the original, I connected the tambour to the drawer so it retracts as the drawer is opened. Just for fun, I added both a secret compartment and a hidden compartment.

Photography by Chris Pinchbeck.

Paperweights, paperclip holders

Various sizes

soft curly maple, silver solder

If you are at all like me, there are times when you just can't come up with a solution to a problem you have to resolve. For those who practice Feng Shui, the solution to this problem is to put a rectangular object or a plant on your desk or in your work area. Practitioners believe the earth is made of five elements, one of which is wood. It symbolizes development, creativity and innovative thought. By incorporating symbols for wood - rectangles and plants - into your workspace, they believe you will increase the flow of new ideas!

I got to thinking about this and decided that if a symbol for wood works, wouldn't the real thing work even better? Why not have actual wood accessories on your desk?

When I designed the paperweights and paperclip holders I choose to use shapes that were reminiscent of gem stones. I inlayed a silver solder band around them to enhance their gem like look.

Paperweights and Paperclip Holders