In the seven years that I ran a custom furniture shop in downtown Honolulu, I gained a reputation for my specialized training and ability to replicate European antiques. This was an unusual skill in the islands, and I attracted the attention of several antiques dealers, whose clients could not find authentic European antiques in that marketplace.
I was asked to create this period credenza for a family that had found success in the islands, but remained true to their cultural roots. The case is made with solid mahogany and a lumber core substrate, which was then completely veneered with select crotch mahogany flitches. I was able to apply the veneers so that the grain ran from the base of the cabinet doors and across the drawer fronts, providing a beautiful and continuous figure.