Styled after a well-known English Arts & Crafts manufacturer’s work, this desk incorporates the signature square, flared feet and curved front aprons of the Harris Lebus firm. The wall mounted gallery is a perfect complement, incorporating Lebus’s signature crown, with its dramatic bevels and exaggerated overhangs. The curved front apron is created with a mix of hand and power tools; the joinery for the desk includes mortise-and-tenon and dovetails. The wall-hung cabinet construction is basic, with routed through-dovetails at the corners and stopped dadoes housing the vertical dividers. An elegant dragonfly inlay enhances the doors.
Desk, 25 in. deep by 45 in. wide by 30 in. tall
Gallery, 12 in. deep by 34 in. wide by 19-7/16 in. tall
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Nancy Hiller learned early to appreciate British design. When she was 12, she and her family moved to England, where she later trained in furniture making and made a living as a woodworker. Returning to the United States to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in religious studies, she found her way back to woodworking and has operated NR Hiller Design Inc. since 1995. She also teaches a cabinetmaking class at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking.