“A man's bookcase will tell you everything you'll ever need to know about him”
― Walter Mosley
|Lou Quallenberg's Client Sketch of Mesquite Bookshelf|
“I like to think that when I fall,
A rain-drop in Death's shoreless sea,
This shelf of books along the wall,
Beside my bed, will mourn for me.”
― Robert W. Service, Ballads of a Bohemian
The project started with several sketches: one more linear design and one more sculpted and natural. They chose the Natural Sculpted Design and we think it was the right choice even with all of it's challenges and opportunities. (See original sketch above.)
In order to end up with 5/4" pieces, the process started with the slabbing of a few suitable mesquite logs into 6/4" slabs. Then wood, from the best tree for this project, was taken to the kiln and dried for the next ninety days or so. Since the project had to be added to the busy production schedule, work was not started immediately once the wood was dried. This also allowed the wood to come back to a more natural and environmentally stable moisture content.
|Mesquite Slabs Being Cut at the Mill|
|Mesquite Slabs Loaded into the Kiln to Dry|
|Lou Quallenberg removes the rot from the Mesquite Cracks|
|Mesquite Cracks to be Filled|
|Cracks and Holes to be Filled with Epoxy|
|Lou Quallenberg Cuts the Mesquite Shelves for the Bookshelf|
|Mesquite Bookshelf Frame|
|Bookshelf put together for Sculpting|
|Mesquite Slab Shelves spaced for Design|
|Ready for Final Sculpting and Sanding|
The final sculpting and sanding process on the piece as a unit took hours and hours as it was brought to Lou Quallenberg standards. Attention to details and lovingly treating, both the back and bottom of the bookshelf and shelves, as if they would be the focal points. These are just few tricks that make Lou's work so special.
The hand rubbed oil and wax finish took a bit longer than the normal two week process due to the corners, all of the shelves and the unusual on and off wet/humid weather, but once again the process was not pushed or rushed.
|Photography of the Mesquite Bookshelf|
― Ross King, Ex-Libris
|"Joanna" Mesquite Bookshelf by Lou Quallenberg|
― Alan Bennett
|Arrival at the Mesquite Bookshelf's New Home|
|The Bottom of the Bookshelf and a Proud Client|
|A Heavy Handful|
|Will it fit through the doorway?!|
Huge thanks go out to the delivery crew Bill Gleason and Karl Rhodes. Special thanks to Shawn Walker for his steady and constant help in shop and wherever needed. We cannot forget our master packer and in house imagineer Steve Walker.
We especially congratulate our niece, Miss Taylor Leigh Martin as she finishes her High School education and seeks to further her education at Texas State University. She received six Scholarships for her efforts and we applaud her for that!!!