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Laël, has a truly unique style and his works are rich with expression. This stunning modern cabinet is a statement piece in the living room, a breathtaking sideboard, or cabinet in an office to impress.

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GK2 Sideboard Cabinet

This stunning parquet-patterned sideboard cabinet is handcrafted by Lael Gordon, a gifted furniture maker who works out of his studio in Anchorage, Alaska. The intricate techniques employed to create this work have caught the attention of fine furniture collectors around North America.

Story: The parquet pattern on the GK2 sideboard cabinet is made from Douglas fir which is, surprisingly, all the same ‘colour.’ The contrast is produced by carefully controlling the lustrous properties of the wood. In fact the pattern is not only contrasting but also dynamic—it shifts from positive to negative as the viewing angle or the light source changes; at some perspectives the pattern may barely be visible.

This cabinet and Laël’s process for creating this unique effect is featured in Fine Woodworking magazine, issue 234.

This sideboard cabinet is made using “real veneer” construction. Real veneer is shop-made from solid wood and is many times thicker than paper-thin commercial veneer. Real veneer construction gives this cabinet all the fine characteristics—especially durability—of solid wood but permits the use of parquetry technique, something that is not possible with solid wood.

The exterior surfaces are finished with a hand-rubbed linseed oil and varnish blend and polished with beeswax. Interior surfaces are finished with shellac and polished with beeswax.

Materials: The exterior vertical surfaces of this sideboard cabinet, including the parquet pattern, are of Douglas fir. The top and stand is of jatoba. The interior is of Sitka spruce. Other woods include jatoba drawer faces, Alaska birch drawer sides, and Pacific yew drawer pulls

Dimensions: 49L x 17D x 30H in; 124L x 43D x 76H cm

Lead Time: Ships in 1 week.

Lael Gordon

Laël grew up in a small town in coastal southern Alaska where his father worked as shipwright repairing wooden boats. His first exposure to woodworking was watching his father re-saw massive Douglas fir timbers into ships’ planking and steam bending them into place. To this day the sweet nutty smell of freshly sawn Douglas fir is one of his favourite things and he often makes use of the under-appreciated wood in his furniture. Laël is a graduate of Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking. He has been building fine furniture and other wooden things from his shop in Seward and now Anchorage, Alaska since 2007. His work has been featured in museum shows and galleries throughout the northwest and Canada. Laël takes a deliberate and uncompromising approach to building fine furniture. He embraces the clean lines, simple forms, and functional intent of modern design. He uses carefully selected materials, cuts joinery by hand, and pays great attention to small details.

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Additional Information

Weight 185 lbs
Dimensions 49 x 17 x 30 in