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Cherry wardrobe with Shoji Screen doors. Cherry and Tasmanian Oak dovetailed drawers with carved walnut handles and brass inserts

This is the piece that I have spent the past 6 months working on.

Much time was spent on the design and how I envisioned this to be. I wanted this to be modular and able to change configurations, yet still be beautiful as a collective.

There are 3 separate pieces to this unit. A large one for hanging clothes with 3 accessories drawers. A mid sized one consisting of 12 drawers, and a small unit for additional storage.

Hand planing each board and joining them together by hand took a considerable amount of time. But I had to make sure they all look pleasing as well as are stable before moving on to the joinery.

The shoji screen doors too some time to get right. It was a tedious affair of tiny tenons and mortises. They needed to fit snuggly yet have just enough space for expansion and timber movement.

The rest of the time was spent on cutting the countless number of dovetails, carving the handles and eventually fitting the drawers. 

This is the largest piece I have ever built and I am so proud of it. I amaze myself at what I can make from this tiny space I have and this pushes me ahead to greater achievements to come.

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Mahjong Chest.

This commissioned piece houses 2 drawers for all the mahjong tiles, 4 separate chip trays, and an additional drawer which contains a compartment for the dices, wind indicator, and spare tiles. 

Made from walnut and maple. Dovetailed drawers, birch burl lid with brass and goat leather. Finished with shellac and hard wax oil. 

I spent countless days and nights thinking about the design and making sure that everything fits perfectly together. Another challenge was also making sure that I made enough allowances for wood movement. Every step was tough, but very rewarding and a learning experience for me.

It was recently showcased by Studio Terre at the Maison de Objet Singapore.

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Rolls-Royce Unveils Wraith “History of Rugby” Edition

When the established rules become a constraint to creativity, it takes individuals of vision to carry the game forward. It was this spirit of individuality that has inspired the creation of two Great British institutions – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the game of rugby. Celebrating the illustrious history of the latter, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to introduce the Rolls-Royce ‘Wraith – History of Rugby’, a unique creation from the company’s Bespoke Design Studio in Goodwood, England.

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