Richard Corbeille – Woodworker
I have been building fine furniture and decorative chests and boxes since 1970. At that time, I was working full-time in the aerospace industry, so woodworking was a hobby in my spare time. I retired from full-time work in early 2004 and we decided to build a house up on Green Mountain. I was able to build a detached building and set it up as my workshop – Lewis Brook Cabinet Shop. This is the name I chose when we lived in CT and my workshop overlooked Lewis Brook. So I retained it for sentimental and practical reasons.
My first works were reproduction of 18th and 19th century furniture, many with ornamental details, especially carvings. They include a slant top desk, some lowboys, a highboy, china cabinet, wing chair with carved feet, carved dining room chairs and various tables. The cradle was a Pennsylvania Dutch style. Some pieces have ball and claw feet, while others have the classic cabriole legs, Chippendale style or straight legs. The high chair was straight legged.
Recent pieces are a Southern historical item called a cellaret and Asian-style nightstands inspired by Greene & Greene. My small pieces have mostly been jewelry boxes, with my most popular one a pagoda-style. My most contemporary pieces are a night stand with curved legs and a glass-top coffee table with LED lighting wired in for an added effect. I have also built a small chests. The first one I called a celebration chest, as it has shelving for a bottle, such as champagne, and two glasses. Another one was a reproduction of a colonial spice box. Others items made have been a veneer front for a kitchen refrigerator, wall cabinets and mirrors using exotic or traditional wood, and wooden boxes to house stereo equipment and speakers. My newest project is to design and build humidors.
I would also be willing to help you design your own unique piece of fine furniture or wooden decorative item.
I have always found pleasure and satisfaction from building model airplanes, boats and cars. Later in life I directed this passion into something more practical, building furniture. First was furniture for our house. We could not afford the great pieces that we admired, but it was possible to recreate them for a reasonable amount of money. When we became parents, I turned to practical items like a cradle, highchair and rocking horse. In all these projects I took satisfaction from creating unique features and using interesting combinations of wood. Our house is now fully furnished. I would like to continue to build and, therefore, hope to find others that may enjoy fine furniture. These are timeless designs that remain practical, as well as beautiful.