With their elegant curves, meticulous details, and graphic stamped patterns, the creations of a cabinetmaker are all magnificent. A cabinetmaker is one of the oldest jobs in the world, and we need to boost the art of these artists.
Ebony is a majestic tree of black color that is classified in the family of Ebenaceae. It is known for its superior quality, including its size, strength, and aesthetic appearance. As such, the term cabinetmaker has its origins in the early artisans of ebony.
In the broadest sense, the cabinetmaker is a woodworker responsible for the manufacture of inlaid and veneered furniture. Thus, it lends itself to all-wood construction work and carpentry. Over time, thanks to the works of art made by cabinetmakers, they have been called luxury carpenters.
The role of a cabinetmaker
The cabinetmaker is more than a carpenter because he focuses on the work’s aesthetics, including furniture, ornaments, decorations, staircase railings, etc. His mission is to create or reproduce models, carry out orders, and renovate antique objects. To do this, a cabinetmaker is supposed to master all the characteristics of wood and their origin to be able to exploit them perfectly. Moreover, for a vintage style, they are able to combine antique objects with those of modern times. Thus, to better serve their customers, they start by creating a model before proceeding to the realization. Also, a cabinetmaker intervenes in wood construction work such as the installation of windows, doors, etc.
The profile of a cabinetmaker
The trade of a cabinetmaker requires woodworking skills that you can complement with specialized training in cabinetmaking. You must be creative, precise, and natural. In addition, you must have the empathy to appreciate the hard work of other artists. This makes it easier to restore antique works. To become a professional cabinetmaker, you can start your career in a craft company.
The achievements of a cabinetmaker
The restoration of antique works
The works of art that make up castles, museums, and cathedrals are expensive. After centuries, their elegance disappears little by little. In order to bring these precious works back to life and to save these heritages, a cabinetmaker is indispensable. He treats the wood damaged by insects and works on the missing details by filling in the gaps. To do this, he retraces them by imitating the scroll patterns and using the same type of wood so that the changes made cannot be discerned. Thus, these antique objects regain their authentic appearance and their brilliance.
Marquetry consists of making ornaments on furniture with scroll designs and wood veneers. It can be done on any type of construction, such as a chest of drawers, a cabinet, a table, the wall surface, etc. For this purpose, cabinetmakers combine the most precious materials with the rarest wood species. Thus, with their golden hands and following the rules of art, they draw the sheets of wood on a tenth of a millimeter to create graphic and geometric patterns personalized. Moreover, with the help of a saw and a cleat, they stamp them on the wooden objects.
Wood veneer is a gluing of fine wood sheets on the front of wooden construction, especially furniture. It is an alternative to solid wood, which is heavier and very expensive. Indeed, the construction coming from the mass of a tree is little modified to keep its raw and natural aspect, which weighs on its weight and makes it very expensive. To remedy this, ordinary or industrial woods are plywood or wrapped with sheets of precious wood such as ebony and rosewood. Thus, the resulting element is lighter.
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