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Carving and inlaying are becoming lost arts. Many cabinetmakers use carved components that are made on carving machines. These carvings leave something to be desired by the purist. Primarily, they lack the detail of hand carved wood, but additionally, the uniformity and lack of character detracts from the authenticity. I do all carving by hand, with chisels and mallets and a discerning eye. The results more closely duplicate the character of the originals than any machine can.

Inlay and decorative veneer work is, on some reproduction furniture, an overlay of die stamped veneers. The originals were inlaid with exotic hardwoods entirely by hand, each piece cut and inlaid into the surface individually. Here I am able to do the same, as shown on the Mahogany English Dresser with Ebony Inlay.