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Thursday, January 19

EUGENE HOUSEGO


Gene has been working in wood for 35-40 years. A self taught cabinetmaker, his father left him his tools and machines and an inherent sensibility for the material. Gene has an extraordinary attention to detail and love for this work. He is often the last man standing in the wood shop every night. Gene honed his inlay skills working for a furniture company fabricating period pieces. It was required that the work be finished with great speed and at the best quality. He now works for a custom furnishings and cabinetry shop Two Degrees North located in The Junction
Gene's affinity for marquetry is unmistakable when you observe his personal projects such as the Ford Ranger Sport featured here. My favourite detail is the back emblem, Ipe decorated with a scrap of inlay. The front emblem is made from an off-cut of Macasser Ebony and a small piece of Birds Eye Maple. The bed rails are quarter-sawn Teak ripped from one board and trimmed with stainless steel.  I love his description "It ended up seemingly nautical though I have no love of the water".

I recommend you also check out his Tiger Game - Silence of the Lambs and his custom 24" jointer plane.










   

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