I spent a few hours yesterday, at Carriage Hill Custom Cabinets & Millwork. This is where part of the papal furniture is being constructed, for the Pope’s visit to the United States, in September. It was a media day, with lots of interviews, so I tried to blend into the background as much as possible. My friend Dave is the guy in charge of getting all the furniture constructed in time, so he received the brunt of the attention. Part of the work is being done at his shop in Poolesville, MD and some at the shop of Doug Fauth, here at Carriage hill, in Jefferson, MD.
The furniture being built, was designed by three architecture students Matthew Hoffman, Joseph Taylor, and Ariadne Cerritelli from Catholic University. Here is a picture of their winning design.
I got a chance to meet with the students, and even got a picture of them with my small contribution, the seat back for the Papal chair. I was impressed with their enthusiasm and how humble they were with their accomplishment.
After the media blitz receded, I had the opportunity to look around at the shop.
Doug’s CNC is way bigger than mine!
He is using his CNC to cut all the arches and bending forms for the altar and ambo. Here is a picture of the top of the ambo, under construction.
Here is Carlos, Dave’s right-hand man working on the altar base (upside down).
I got sucked into a couple of interviews, but I have only worked on one piece to this project. Dave & Doug will be handling the brunt of the woodworking. The project is in good hands.