Walnut and Juniper Fly-Tying Desk
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John Gallis’s exquisite craftsmanship is recognizable in every last detail of this walnut and juniper fly-tying desk with figured maple pencil tray and drawer fronts. From the dovetail drawer with curved front to the hand-carved center panel with original artwork by Randy Burke, this desk is a fisherman’s dream addition to their library or study. John has hand-selected fly rod tips for drawer and desktop lid handles. The sides of the desk apron are curved inward and embellished with applied juniper pole branches. John’s attention to detail is even more evident when you consider the process of applied pole decoration: Each branch has to be split and sanded before applying, and each side sanded straight so they fit tightly together. Additional attention was dedicated to the desk top and upper top were hand carved along the edges for extra texture. The sides on the upper unit have a carved relief which compliments the book-matched burls on the sides. “Catch Me If You Can” is impeccably designed and will make a show-stopping addition to your home library or study, or a focal piece in a cozy living room. The pop of color provided by Randy Burke’s original painting can serve as inspiration for surrounding decor, and will ignite your family’s passion to get on the water for generations of fishing seasons.
A native New Yorker, John has been fashioning custom furniture for many years. Although he started a lucrative career building custom cabinetry at Bloomingdales, his heart wasn’t in it, and he moved to Cody, WY. He worked for a local furniture maker in town, then eventually opened Norseman Designs West where he began building his own line of award-winning high-end western furniture. He combines the simple honesty of Shaker-style furniture with the flowing curves of Art Nouveau. Wood, his favorite medium, is warm and forgiving, and each different species of wood has their own smell and characteristics like people. John enjoys working and incorporating different textures in his pieces. He gains inspiration from nature, and by looking at the work of old masters, from Shaker to Stickley, Art Nouveau to Molesworth. May was a great month for John, he received the Mountain Living Award for lifetime achievement in western furniture design and celebrated the birth of his children and grandchildren.