The experience was something I will not soon forget. I didn't expect to see 5 walnut secretaries being built when I walked into the shop. I thought they would be working on one desk, silly me
That much walnut floating around made my mind go crazy with the ideas for projects that ran through my head. Especially since they got the wood from Irion. I need to make a road trip to that joint. The "showroom" was crazy!! Everything in the room except for a secretary was made by Mr. Hobbs (about 10 pieces, maybe more). The Showroom had a Charleston Chest on Chest that was incredible! all fiqured mahogany, it also had a beautiful pediment.
But the best part was Lunch! Mrs. Hobbs cooked up a nice rabbit stew. Yes, I said rabbit. I've never had rabbit, and it tasted like chicken or turkey (no lie!). It was very, very nice. after lunch we sat and had a very nice discussion on furniture styles and how NC furniture compares with some of the furniture from Newport (look in the Bivins book if you don't beleive me).
I think I'll be taking a chair making class in May. Mr. Hobbs and Calvin suggested I start with the Queen Anne chair, eventhough I'm partial to the Chippendale.