A MUSIC CABINET OF BEAUTY AND FUNCTION


Gilda came to KR+H's Paul Reidt with the idea of creating a beautiful music cabinet to accompany her grand piano. The cabinet would house her sheet music, which at the time lay in a disorganized pile in a basket.

Paul remembers, "Gilda found an image on the web and she sent it to me. It was okay, but it had a craft look while the room with the grand piano has some very fine pieces of furniture. We took Gilda's image as a starting point and developed it quite a bit.

KR+H's drawings of Gilda's music cabinet designed by Paul Reidt

"The program was very simple. Gilda just wanted vertical partitions to sort the music. We had to make a decision of how much storage to provide, keeping in mind how large the cabinet could be in the room. It was a balancing act.

Here you see the the music cabinet's interior vertical partitions that would help Gilda organize her sheet music. On the left you see the partitions clamped in KR+H's shop. When Paul saw this image he smiled and said, "You can never have too many clamps! I've thought that all my life!"

Here you see the the music cabinet's interior vertical partitions that would help Gilda organize her sheet music. On the left you see the partitions clamped in KR+H's shop. When Paul saw this image he smiled and said, "You can never have too many clamps! I've thought that all my life!"

"Gilda was wonderfully willing to allow me to dream something up and show it to her. She actually changed very little except size.

"We searched around and found this dramatic Carpathian Elm Burl. American Black Cherry was selected to frame the Carpathian Elm Burl. The woods were not stained, but kept in their natural color with a clear finish. Ebonized details were added to enrich the composition.

English Elm (Ulmus procera) is typically called Carpathian Elm when it is in burl form. Burl is an abnormal, knotty growth found on trees due to some sort of environmental stress. (Often a tree that has developed burl wood is still quite healthy.) Burl is highly prized by artists for its atttractive figures and used especially for handcrafted objects and veneers.

"The detail on the cabinet's foot is ebonized (stained black with a clear finish), and there's a little bit of ebony banding around the burled wood. That's a traditional way of separating the simple and dramatic woods. The black banding sets off both the Cherry and Carpathian Elm Burl a little bit more. The cabinet's top repeats the same field work of burl with a framework of Cherry and ebony detail.

A close up to show you the ebony banding that frames the dramatic Carpathian Elm Burl and also adds detail in the foot of the music cabinet.

"It's a simple cabinet, but its surfaces are dramatic," Paul concludes.

Our craftspeople are masters in the making of fine furniture. Their capabilities are a part of everything we do. Thank you to our shop manager, Dan Shaw, for sharing his photos taken in KR+H's shop.

This project ended on just the right note. After KR+H delivered the music cabinet to Gilda's home, Paul received a thank you from her. Gilda said, "The cabinet is stunning! It's a work of art. Thank you for a lovely piece of work."