Wall Cabinet Contest
March 1, 2005
Entry Details
 

# 124
Brian Laws
Littleton, MA
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   23 1/4
  Height:   30 1/2
  Depth:   7 1/8
Materials:   Curly Maple, Sitka Spruce, Concalvo Alves, Bolivian Rosewood, ebony

This display case for two violins mimics the violin construction. Curly maple is used for the top, bottom and casework, while sitka spruce is used for the door. The spruce is then inlaid with ebony/satinwood/ebony banding reflecting the top plate construction on the violin which has a purfling ridge around it's perimeter. The back of the piece is constucted as frame and panel with two sets of bookmatched curly maple panels, and inset into a rabbet all around the perimeter. The bookmatched panels are insert into a dado.
 

The contained violins within the cabinet are the true stars of this piece. The cabinet serves more as an accompaniest to the featured star. As such it should only enhance the visual presentation of the violins. Understatement but elegant is the challenge.
 

In order to accomodate both the violin and the bow, or multiple bows the height of the cabinet was dictated by the legnth of the bow. The bow fits neatly onto the sides of the cabinet. The two draws in the front, serve as a platform to obtain a complete view of the violins inside and a storage place for the accesories for the violin.(Rosin, strings, microtuners, etc.) The drawer pulls mimic the 'button' on the violin. (The button holds the strings at the bottom of the violin. A real button is too small to comfortably use as a pull on the drawer, so these were fabricated from concalvo alves I had from pen blanks.
 

The bow pegs, which hold the violin bows are turned from the same Pen blanks used to make the drawer pulls.
 
The violin is the star, but the presentation case reveals the warm natural tones of the wood, highlights the beautiful workmanship of the instrument and provides an harmonyous and pleasing home for a pair of fine instruments.
 

Judges Comments
AJH : Designing a cabinet intended to show off artistic contents -- in this case the beauty of the violins -- can be difficult. However, the clean, simple lines work to make an attractive cabinet, without drawing attention away from the contents.
DM : I'd say the maker achieved his goal of understated elegance.
EW : This cabinet exemplifies an excellent combination of functionality and style. As a display cabinet, it superbly and elegantly fulfills the design intent. The turned pegs for prized bows merely add to an otherwise delightful design.
LG : This is a very nice cabinet. It's purpose is served beautifully because the eye goes immmediately to the contents, the violins. The inlaid banding on the door is a very nice touch.
RJ : I think you succeeded in your attempt to create something 'understated but elegant.' This is a very pretty piece and shows off the violins admirably. Sharp mouldings, clean construction, carefully chosen door banding, and very nicely 'understated'. Well done.

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