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My New Love

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Before any of you who bother to read this trash let me clear this up. This is not about a woman in the least! For those of you sorely disappointed about this not being a blog about love interests, a trist, or cupid’s bow, you can go to another website and read up on the latest romances of Hollywood. This is about something far more interesting and deeper then anything as fleeting, fickle, or farced as a woman’s heartstrings.

This is about furniture, or more specifically, a writing desk.

(the writer pauses while he hears jaws drop, smirks form, and the sounds of crickets resound from his readers falling asleep)

Still here I hope, cause if you are choosing to continue to read this you will be in for a delightful treat if you are a fellow lover of the old world craftsmanship, minimalistic, and above all: timelessness of the writing desk I am going to share with you.

It is the desk that was used to write our very enduring, powerful, and egalitarian document: The Declaration of Independence.

It is the writing desk of a certain Thomas Jefferson, designed by him and crafted for him by Benjamin Randolph, a highly skilled cabinetmaker of Philadelphia during the Revolution. He used it while he stayed at the Graff House, located at 7th and Market Streets in that same town. Except that during the war, it was the end of town.

So here it is to the left, a sign of elegance, simplicity and function. It was about five pounds and could be carried under the arm like a modern laptop. I can’t help but wonder how too often our overly gadget driven society has missed the mark as far as quality of production versus quantity. Sure we can get anything we want at IKEA, Walmart, and a myriad of other companies foreign and domestic and at rock bottom prices but it is designed to be obsolete in a few months to a maximum of five years ( I implore you to try to restore anything made of compressed particle board and a cheap veneer). I can see myself using one of these items to write for my entire life.

Thus I went all out and started looking to purchase one. A replica, which in today’s market can be had for about $800 and up (that is, the one’s that I found). Granted I can find a much simpler one build in the style of the Shaker’s for around $200, but come on this is Jefferson’s desk! Chances are that in my lifetime no one else would own another that I would know directly and would make a fine conversation piece.

So I have thought about buying plans for this lovely item via a website and using Paypal, but woodworking is truly not one of my stronger skill sets, and well, I’d rather not have it, then make it poorly or buy a cheaper model.

Here is a link to the historically accurate production model available today, built to the exact same demands and using the same techniques that he wanted:

Jefferson’s Writing Desk

Here is a link to the plans for actually building one of these fine objects, however be warned: this is not a project for an amateur to undertake!

Jefferson’s Writing Desk Plans

So I leave it to you the reader to decide if you will appreciate the finer things in life, then I ask you to consider this wonderfully built and historically relevant piece.

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Written by Josecito

September 12, 2010 at 12:49 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. LOVE. THIS. DESK. That is all.

    Adrienne

    September 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm

  2. ???

    LUIS MANUEL

    September 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

  3. ???

    LUIS MANUEL

    September 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

  4. ?

    LUIS MANUEL

    September 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

  5. ay que bonito

    Claudia Erika

    September 17, 2010 at 2:04 am


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