A prospective customer called to ask if I would make a desk for his wife. She was preparing to be ordained as a Moravian minister, and he wanted a special gift to recognize this milestone. He wanted a desk style that would fit in a church environment or in their home, as well as a Bible stand to use on the desk. From his ideas, I designed & drew a proposal that became the desk shown here. Its design draws upon mission style furniture. The front panels incorporate marquetry of the Duke Divinity school symbol, and the Moravian symbol. The panels are removable and reversible, and held in place with embedded magnets. It is made of African mahogany, which is noted for its beautiful ribbon stripe grain pattern. I delivered it to a super-secret location in Raleigh, NC, where it awaited presentation day.
Making things that become meaningful gifts is very rewarding. It was a privilege to design and make this desk.