A Sea Chest Made for Mountain Life
Our pick for providing that high-country home trifecta of storage, seating and table in a single piece
SHIPSHAPE While taking cues from an oceangoing past, the Voyager Chest handily adapts to mountain life, earning our pick for providing that high-country home trifecta of storage, seating and table in a single piece.
The creation of Forest Service wildland firefighter turned furniture ninja Bruce Hart, the stalwart sea chest releases a fragrant camphor scent when opened, revealing neatly stowed drawers and a secret compartment bearing a sleek concealed box.
Satiny to the touch, the Artistry in Wood “Best Box”—winning piece brings modern sensibility to an ancient mariner mainstay. Hart spent days at the San Francisco Maritime Museum studying original examples before honoring the heritage in a traditional species assemblage of camphor, teak, kwila and ebony.
Hand-cut, compound-angle, mitered dovetail joinery bestows strength and stability. And like sailors of yore, Hart expresses artistry through fancywork “beckets”—nautically knotted handles of tarred hemp marline.
Voyager Chest, 16” w x 30” l x 14” h, $16,000