Monday, August 9, 2010

"This is for you Darling"

This is a rose in Marquetry. The rose is purple heart with poplar leaves. The back ground is Anigre and the border is purple heart. The color is the natural color of the wood. There are no dyes in this piece. The piece is meant to be hung on the wall. The finish is oil. This piece is for sale and is yours for $185. Please contact Keith via e-mail at if you are interested in this piece.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Branched Out"

This bowl is made out of layers of vertical grain Amber Bamboo 3 ply. The 3 ply refers to the lay up of each sheet. There are essentially 3 layers on the sheet of plywood. The front and back are approximately 3/16" thick and the core is approximately 3/8" thick. The sheet is solid bamboo and comes 4' x 8'. The bowl is made out of remnants off of the sheet, each remnant is glued then stacked and clamped. The branches are I believe walnut. Each leaf is a different species, such as cocobolo, birdseye maple, makore, bubinga and ribbon mahogany.
This bowl has been sold, but one similar can be commissioned. Please contact Keith at if you are interested in having one made.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Foxing Around"

This maple box was inspired by the leather carving on the top. I purchased a leather carving kit so I could learn how to carve leather. I bought a large hide and found this carving pattern in a book called "Wildlife in Relief" by Lora S. Iris. The book is for relief carving in wood, but it made an excellent choice for the lid of this box.

The Leather was carved long before the box came about. In fact it had been stored somewhere and I came across it one day and figured I'd better make something for it.
I ended up getting some curly maple and started drawing.

In the end we have a great looking box. The materials are Leather, curly maple, cocobolo, yellow heart, and walnut. The hinges are Brusso brass box hinges. The trays in the interior are removable.

The lid of this box has bow tie joinery and helps support the miters. The box itself is mitered and has dovetail keys to make the joint strong, ensuring this box should last. The finish is a blend of tung oil, boiled linseed oil, and poly.
Because of the complexity of this box I am asking $850 + shipping and handling. If you are interested in this box or would like to commission one, please contact Keith at

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Inspired by Krenov

I call this cabinet the "Bubinga Cabinet", but I would love to call it something else. It is very elegantly done and definitely deserves a better name. I call it the bubinga cabinet for obvious reasons. The cabinet itself is made out of solid bubinga, and is joined together with classic through dovetails. The doors are curved, and were shaped by hand.

The handles and the inlay on the doors are Wenge. The pulls were turned on the lathe and are solidly doweled to the doors.

The cabinet sits proudly on it's stand. The stand is solid wenge, and is joined together with mortise and tenon joinery. The front of the base has an elegant curved arch, and follows the curve of the doors.

The legs of the stand are curved to give the base a flowing feel.

The exterior of the cabinet was inspired by James Krenov. Moving to the inside we find some wonderful inlay work, turning, carving, and marquetry. The small door has a flower marquetry pattern surrounded by a maple inlay. The door is Mahogany. The flower is Anigre, walnut, and poplar.

The pull on the flower door is wenge, and is shaped to mimic the larger curved doors.
The door hangs proud between 2 turned walnut columns. The columns have carved flutes, and have a carved flower at the top. The carved flower replicates the flower on the door.

Below the door is 3 drawers. Each drawer is curved and has a maple inlayed border. The drawers are assembled with classic half blind dovetail joinery. The pulls are wenge and are curved to flow with the drawers. The pulls are attached with solid brass dowels.

This cabinet will be a wonderful addition to any home and is being offered for $6,450 + shipping and handling. If you are interested in this piece, or would like to commission one similar, please contact Keith at This piece will be shipped in two sections and is easily assembled with figure 8 fasteners.


Craftsman Keith Lawson is a producer of very fine artistic woodwork. Using traditional and non-traditional methods of work, every product is built to withstand the test of time. Woodworking for over half of his life, Keith's artistic vision and dedication to his work is what makes his products masterpieces. Specializing in fine woodworking such as boxes, artwork, and furniture, you can be sure that Keith has something to offer you. In the following blogs you will see products that are available to you, detailed descriptions, as well as prices and contact information. If you don't see anything that you'd like to own, Keith is more then willing to work with you in designing your own masterpiece.