With Nancy J. Farrier
Peter Glass immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1844. A young man of twenty-years-old, Peter already knew about woodworking from his cabinetry apprenticeship in Germany. In Massachusetts, he began working at a piano factory applying veneer to the piano keys.
Considered by some to be a backwoodsman, no one could argue about Glass’s skill as an artisan. He made small gifts for family, small boxes and worktables. He was best known for the intricate tables he made with well-known American figures done in tiny pieces of inlaid wood.The Milwaukee Art Museum displays one of his workstands made of mahogany, maple, cedar and other types of wood inlay.
In 1864, Glass crafted two large tilt-top tables. One, composed of more than 20,000 pieces of wood, featuring the portraits of political and military heroes, including Zachary Taylor and George Washington. Showcasing the portraits were intricate geometric and floral patterns. Glass also made a table that featured a portrait on President Lincoln.
|Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln|
Have you ever seen any of Peter Glass's marquetry furniture? I love wood boxes and used to have an inlaid wood box made of pieces of wood from Africa. Do you have any thing like that? Do you enjoy wooden boxes? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Nancy J Farrier is an award winning author who lives in Southern California in the Mojave Desert. She loves the Southwest and interesting historical past. Nancy and her husband have five children. When Nancy isn’t writing, she loves to read, do needlecraft, play with her cats, and spend time with her family. Nancy is represented by Karen Ball of The Steve Laube Literary Agency. You can read more about Nancy and her books on her website: nancyjfarrier.com.
Wow, Nancy. That table is incredible! I can't imagine how long it must have taken to craft it. And that's so sad that President Lincoln never got to see the table that Peter Glass made for him.ReplyDelete
Vickie, I can't imagine how much patience it would take to piece together 20,000 bits of wood to make a picture. Pretty amazing. Thanks for commenting.ReplyDelete
I can't imagine the patience one would need to create these things! I sometimes visit the Milwaukee Art Museum and will look for it the next time I visit. My daughter's fiance made her a wooden box to hold the ring when he proposed - he knew she loves wooden boxes.Delete
Linda, how sweet that he gave her a wooden box. I love wood too.Delete
Hi Nancy, wow is right. Thanks for this post. My father was a furniture maker in his spare time. He was a master with the lathe, and what he called everyday furniture - dressers; mirrors; boxes; cedar chests; roll top desks and bread boxes; bowls; tables, etc. He said that marquetry furniture was something that he always wanted to try, but practical things took up all his time. In his retirement years, he didn't have feeling in his fingertips to manipulate small pieces. He did make sewing baskets from mince meat buckets for friends in our hometown of Piggott, Arkansas. I vaguely remember seeing them when they were finished, but was too young to be allowed in the workshop. I'd love to find one of them now.ReplyDelete
Linda, my husband makes furniture in his spare time too - bookcases and such. I don't know if I could even count that many tiny pieces of wood. Making something that intricate is beyond me, but I would love to look at the tables. You'll have to let me know if you see his work.Delete
I think the inlaid wood tables are beautiful. I have a checker board made by my father with inlaid wood. It's a great memory for our family. Our two sons (when small) played checkers for hours with their grandpa. Thanks for the post! sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)comReplyDelete