The Lowboy’s Progress
Wow, the Lowboy’s Progress! That sounds like something that should have been written by an author with a name like Christopher Marlowe or some other very anglo, puritanical sounding kind of handle. But this is just about a piece of furniture.
Over the years I’ve noticed that clients and spouses, alike, always seem to think that I should be able to produce things much more quickly than I do. There are times that I begin to doubt myself and think that, perhaps, they’re right. This phenomena takes hold at times like when I quoting a project. Maybe I am too slow. Maybe I’m just not organized enough. Maybe I should be able to make this piece for the same price that it can be purchased from Ikea. Then I come back to reality. Very few spouses or clients know all the stuff that goes into making a piece of fine furniture. Here’s an example;
This is just part of the supporting structure for the drawers in the lowboy. It’s all mortised and tenoned together, then fit and re-fit. It all takes time and it usually goes unnoticed. In fact many times I forget about it. Whoops, there goes the profit.
This is why it takes time. But this is why traditionally built, fine furniture will last hundreds of years.