Cork Cove Furniture specializes in Shaker-Inspired designs using traditional joinery techniques. Each piece of Shaker Furniture is designed and built to last for generations. Browse Shaker Bedroom Furniture, Shaker Dining Room Furniture, and Shaker Living Room Furniture. We have a great selection of beautiful, handmade furniture including Four Drawer Chests, Five Drawer Chests, Seven Drawer Chests, Pencil Post Beds, Coffee Tables, Plant Stands, Nightstands, and Shaker Tables.
Please visit our website at www.corkcovefurniture.com!
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I have almost four decades of experience working in a variety of custom, architectural and furniture shops. In 1986 I opened my own, full time studio. After all these years I still work alone, designing, building, finishing, and in some cases even delivering. I spend between one and six weeks on each of my creations. When you buy a Becksvoort piece, you're buying a piece of Chris Becksvoort. What else makes my work so special and sought after?
1. I use SCS certified cherry from Kane Hardwoods, in Kane Pennsylvania. Established in 1855 (one of the Collins companies), Kane owns more than 122,000 acres of prime Pennsylvania hardwoods. They practice sustainable forestry: amount of growth equals amount of harvest. No cut and run clear-cutting here. These folks are in it for the long run. With my background in forestry, that is something I value.
2. In addition to the pieces shown here and in my catalog, I also design
and build to order, to suit your specific needs. Feel free to inquire.
I usually answer the phone (the number is in my catalog).
3. I take wood movement seriously, over-building and compensating to insure that your investment lasts. For example:
All my moldings are dovetailed. Wood moves across its width, but not in length. Moldings can’t be glued across a chest side, but must be allowed to move. The best and most time consuming technique is to let the moldings ride on dovetailed keys. Mitered corners remain tight, while in the summer the case will extend beyond the molding, and vice versa in winter.
I construct telescoping web frames between my drawers. Again, the case sides are free to move, while the backs of the frames move along with the sides.
I check and double check proper door and drawer clearances, so while there may be a noticeable gap in winter, both doors and drawers will open smoothly during summer’s humidity.
The backs of my cabinets are fully framed and paneled. Not only are they meant to be seen, but also give the cabinet tremendous rigidity.
Both back frames and door frames are constructed of quartersawn stock. Quartersawn wood moves only half as much as plainsawn, thereby minimizing the gaps around doors.
4. My dovetails are hand cut with saw, chisel and mallet. Equally precise, yet much better to look at. The human hand is clearly in evidence. This is what hand-made furniture is all about.
5. No sapwood on the exteriors. Sapwood is the light colored wood, just under the bark. It never attains that rich reddish brown of cherry heartwood. Consequently, I banish it to interiors. You might see stripes of it along drawer sides, bottoms or interior dividers. And it goes without saying that there is absolutely no plywood, fiberboard or particleboard used in Becksvoort furniture.
6. I take grain matching to extremes. It is a time consuming process to find two boards that work together without obvious glue-up lines. Whenever possible, I use single boards for headboards and door panels. If that is not possible, I often take long boards, cut them in half or thirds to make a single panel. That yields similar color and grain patterns.
7. All interior surfaces are sanded and finished. All edges and corners are sanded as well, so when you reach inside or underneath one of my case pieces, all surfaces and edges are user friendly.
8. All wood knobs are hand turned. Commercial knobs are available only in one or two sizes. My knobs are proportioned to fit each drawer. For example, the 15-drawer chest has ten different sized knobs, ranging from 5/8" at the top to 7/8" at the bottom.
9. A silver dollar, of the year of construction, is hidden in larger pieces.
10. Secret compartments available on request. Size and location depends on the individual piece.
11. Carved monograms or special dates also available on request. These most often go on headboard centers, but can also be carved inside doors or drawers as added surprises or to celebrate an anniversary. Logos, poems, or lines from a special song, because of their length and detail, can be laser engraved.
12. Each of my pieces is signed, dated and registered.
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I have always had a fascination with the natural beauty of wood, and to work that beauty that nature has created into a well designed and attractive piece of furniture is a wonderful goal to have.
I received my training at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, completing their twelve-week intensive program. I continue to return to the Center to further my education during their summer workshops.
I work out of my home studio in Newburgh, Maine, where I use both modern machinery and time honored hand tools to achieve results that I am proud to put my name on. My work is done in solid hardwoods, purchased from reputable dealers both locally and out of state depending upon the species of wood chosen for the project. I do not use stains or dyes to modify the color of the wood I use. I believe the proper selection of wood along with careful consideration as to how it is used in the project produces results that do not need enhancement.
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For the past 15 years, I have been building furniture reproductions ranging from Windsor chairs to Shaker pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Today, I continue to do the same, building pieces by hand, alone, one piece at a time. I control every aspect of construction, from selecting the wood to applying the final finish. By using proven methods and paying attention to every detail, I am able to build furniture that will justify your investment.
This is an investment that will appreciate in value and pleasure as future generations will enjoy the same piece of furniture for many years to come. By using honest, careful methods, I am able to craft furniture that you will be proud to own.
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Cork Cove Furniture was founded by Mark McKelvey in 2005. With the help of Emmett Eldred, co-founder of Eldred Wheeler Furniture, of Hingham, MA, Mark designed the Cork Cove Furniture Collection of Shaker furniture.
The collection encompasses true craftsmanship in joinery and finishing techniques in timeless designs. Items in the collection include a handmade pencil post bed, four drawer chests, five drawer chests, and seven drawer chests, dining tables, nightstands, coffee tables, mirrors and furniture accessories, and a cottage bed.
McKelvey lost his custom woodworking business to arson in September of 2009, and now spends his time promoting Maine Furniture. All of his pieces are still available for purchase on a custom order basis, made by his Maine woodworking colleagues and friends.
Cork Cove Furniture's specialty is in the finishing process. Well versed in milk paint, shellac, and oil/varnish blends, the beauty of the figure, grains and artistry are paramount. The Cork Cove Furniture Collection is brought to you also as an example of the quality custom work and design services available. With 20 years in the industry, Mark McKelvey can help design your new piece of furniture, custom built-in units, and kitchens, and refer you to the best woodworkers in the State of Maine to complete your project.
Please visit our e-commerce site, www.CorkCoveFurniture.com to browse Maine furniture makers by category where you will find Cork Cove Furniture's pieces available for purchase.
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My personal furniture style has been strongly influenced by years of working alongside some of the finest craftsmen in the world. After years of working with the yacht builders at Renaissance Yachts and Hodgdon Yachts, and then additional years with the furniture builders at Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, I was encouraged to open a fine woodworking studio of my own.
The projects currently profiled on this site are by no means exclusive, but are a representation of the detail and breadth of my woodworking skills. Please enjoy looking through the images of my interpretation of custom made Shaker style furniture. Most of my work is built to order, with the exception of the odd persistent piece that I have a need to build on spec. I use traditional wood joinery, with pinned mortise and tenon joints and dovetailed drawers, and casework. I enjoy incorporating straight and curved raised panels into my frame and panel designs and will usually taper my table and desk legs. I will continue to add new and archived projects to my website, so please return often.
I hope you enjoy looking at this selection of my work as much as I did building them, and I look forward to the chance to discuss any fine woodworking projects you would like to commission.
Read More About Paul Mullen Fine Woodworking
Since 1974, we have been building and shipping our popular Shaker Chairs across the U.S.of A. and around the world. As the maker of the fine furniture we sell direct to you, we insist on building furniture of exceptional value and quality. After 34 years we continue to provide responsible mail order service to a growing number of customers who understand the value of purchasing heirloom quality furniture direct from the maker.
Many of our satisfied customers appreciate the convenience of purchasing "built to order" furniture. Others appreciate our friendly consultation and advice. We are Shaker chairmakers first and foremost and we are committed to building functional, quality furniture of lasting value which we believe is the legacy and essence of "the Shaker Chair."
Please visit our website at www.stimberlake.com
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