The Ben Hall Desk was commissioned by a long-time client who required a desk to fit a very specific space and house a very specific suite of equipment. The challenge, as always, was to answer the practical requirements of the brief without making a piece that was constrained by those details. Our client will still be enjoying her desk long after she has changed her suite of equipment.
We don’t often do a side-hung drawer, but in this instance it was called for. We didn’t want a visible blade rail and we don’t use mechanisms on a piece of this caliber. The single drawer has rock maple internals and an Arch handle in gidgee and wenge. The top is re-sawn veneer for stability and the blackwood is dark and luscious. It’s the details that matter.
Until this desk was made, the client had been using her great-grandfather’s desk. The desk had a burn mark on it left there by the Bushranger Ben Hall’s pipe. Apparently Ben was in the process of sticking up the homestead when he saw the traps approaching. He abandoned his pipe in his haste to leave, and it burned a pretty significant scar in the desk.
Dimensions 1450mm L x 750mm D x 720mm H.
Available timbers; blackwood. Other timbers POA.