Monday, April 20, 2009

Bookshelf

John & I have been looking for about a year for a bookshelf. We have looked at new ones on-line, in stores, went to antique malls, but just couldn't find what we liked. So we finally decided to have Scott, a fellow Air Traffic Controller, custom make us one. Scott builds furniture as a hobby. So we decided on the measurements and told Scott about our other furniture and told him to surprise us.
Here it is! It is beautiful!! It is made out of Sapele wood from Africa.


I love how he made the partition....it is unique and also makes the unit extremely sturdy.


Here it is with all the books on it. The bottom shelves contain two sets of Encyclopedias. The one on the left was John's. On the right was mine growing up, I can't find book #20...I know I have it somewhere. I looked for 45 minutes with no luck. I'm sure it will turn up.


Of course I have my Harry Potter & Twilight series on the shelf!


A view of the feet. These were created by carving them out of a solid piece of Sapele . I love the grain in this wood.


I incorporated my Willow Tree Angels with the books. The one above is the Angel of Learning. I love that she is holding a book.

I'm ready for Scott to make me another bookshelf. I need one for all the children's books that are shoved in my upstairs linen closet. I am also considering having him make me a sewing/crafting table.

22 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

beautiful.
sandy toe

April said...

Oh, my goodness, is that ever beautiful? He did a phenomenal job! I've never heard of that particular wood before, but I love it! I would keep Scott busy for days on end creating all sorts of things...what a talent he has!

Susie said...

What a gorgeous piece!! He is very talented and you are so lucky to have him as a friend!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!! Lucky girl!

Melody said...

I love that bookshelf! The striations in the wood are amazing! And I do love the feet and partition. Beautiful! Congratulations!!

Betty said...

Very, very beautiful! He should consider doing that full time!

HiHoOhio said...

beautiful wood and loveley that you have the old books from your pasts.

Ashley said...

Wow! I love this bookcase!! So unique!

Aubrey said...

It is absolutely amazing! What a gift he has!

SwizzlestickMama said...

That is such a beautiful bookshelf. It is great that you know someone so handy!

I really love the grain in the wood too...very elegant.

Veggie Mom said...

This is not just a bookshelf, but a real work of art. And with your books and other keepsakes in it, it looks so, well, complete. And that's a look that fits you, I'm guessing.

The Wife O Riley said...

WOW!! He is really talented! You are lucky to have found him.

Mrsbear said...

That wood is amazing. What a beautiful piece of work.

MarciaBrady said...

I am SOOOO lovin' that bookshelf. How much would he charge to make me one?

And, if you get a sewing/craft table...OMG...I'll be sooo jealous! haha

He is super talented. That wood is beautiful!! What a nice friend you have.

Lacie E. said...

I can't help but smile when I see Twilight on a book shelf!! Wasn't it the best.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Wow, that is beautiful. I need to call him when we have an empty nest and I convert one of the bedrooms into a library! What a beautiful piece for your girls to pass down.

Julie said...

those turned out beautiful!!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

That is fantastic! I can't believe someone you know made that!
Carrie

JamieH said...

beautiful bookcase!

Joy said...

He does beautiful work. I love the design and wood is gorgeous. Where do you go to buy that wood. Is it stained?
Sorry for all the ?'s.
Inquiring minds want to know. :)
Joy

Mercedes said...

What fantastic artistry!
I love willow tree myself.

Yaya said...

It's great! love the willow tree angels.