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Papal furniture construction

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.

Carriage Hill Cabinet shop

Carriage Hill Cabinet shop

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.

Papal Furniture Competition

Papal Furniture Competition

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.

Matthew Hoffman, Joseph Taylor, and Ariadne Cerritelli

Matthew Hoffman, Joseph Taylor, and Ariadne Cerritelli

After the media blitz receded, I had the opportunity to look around at the shop.

One of the shops where the furniture is being constructed

One of the shops where the furniture is being constructed

Doug’s CNC is way bigger than mine!

CNC the arches are being cut on

CNC the arches are being cut on

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.

Part of the ambo

Part of the ambo

Here is Carlos, Dave’s right-hand man working on the altar base (upside down).

Altar base, under construction

Altar base, under construction

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.

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