Framing a Work of Art

First, a lack of bandwidth when traveling, then a lack of time.   I’m finally sitting down to catch up.  I had mentioned a field trip.

“I’ll pick you up at  8:30”, said Martha as she left Wednesday evening.  The next morning we drove over the mountain to Waynesboro and pulled into a spot behind what was once an old factory.  We were at Jack Kavana’s warehouse studio and workshop.

Jack Kavana is an artist with wood and a craftsman in fine furniture.  You can see some of his work at  Being long time friends, Jack and the Makels had talked about doing an Airstream together but never had the opportunity, until now.  Knowing that Elvis would experience the equivalent of a minor earthquake each time on the road, he has been consulting with Dave every step of the way.  Jack had laid out the poplar framework of Elvis’s cabinetry according to the floor plan to give me an idea of how things would look.

I was as giddy as a school girl.  The drawings I had sent were coming to life.   I’ll have my pull-out pantry, pull-out spice rack by the stovetop, tons of drawers, cubby holes, everything I had asked for.
We verified sink and faucet placement in the galley.  Because of the layout, I’ll have more free counter space than the Tradewind.  Cool!  A place to knead bread should I get the urge.  And I still get my cutlery drawers next to the oven-broiler.

Two batteries will be located forward under each twin. The curbside twin has a knee hole and will be convertible into a desk when I travel alone.  The tankless RV500 will be to the rear.  The streetside twin will have storage.
The curbside closet will incorporate a chest of drawers on the right with a small full length clothes bar to the left. The streetside closet will have a washer/dryer with a clothes bar and shelf above.
Jack was not inebriated  when he constructed the bath sink cabinet.  Though I questioned the crookedness in my mind, I quickly realized this piece was in the rear curve of Elvis.
My little chest of drawers from the original was duplicated perfectly.
Early on Jack asked if I would like to approve the teak he selected  for the casework faces, but I left it up to him.  What he chose is simply gorgeous, true Burmese teak, nicely grained, with wonderful depth. When oiled, the warm golden glow will shine through with the color variations in the grain.  I’m totally pleased.

Cabinet interiors and drawers are made from a finished maple ply with a hint of birdseye.  The drawers had just arrived along with the wonderful self-retracting slides.

There will be no visible hardware or pulls.  I’m going for plain and simple with emphasis on the inherent beauty of the teak.  Only maybe latches on the tall closets and cupboard doors if necessary.

It isn’t out of the question that much of Elvis’ interior will be ready before the body of the trailer.  Even though I can hardly wait to get Elvis on the road, it is not in me to rush this project.

Good things are worth waiting for.

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