Monday, April 14, 2014

Mahoghany campaign chest


This hand crafted, solid mahoghany chest is reminiscent of the days when British (and American) army officers transported copious personal baggage and furniture on long campaigns. Wooden campaign chests served as sturdy luggage, portable offices and most importantly…as a field bar!

The field bar before you is built of solid mahoghany. The dividers are made from Peruvian Walnut and the hardware is solid brass. The bar comes complete with a crystal decanter and four tumblers.

The craftsman who created this chest is Captain David Van Haasteren (U.S. Merchant Marine, Ret.). An avid woodworker for all of his life, David’s specialty is designing and creating fine, functional furniture from beautiful hardwood.  When David is not pursuing his hobby, he is employed as an engineer and travels frequently to Europe.  David and his family reside near GreenvilleSC.

This year’s chest was collaborative effort between David and PHWFF founder Ed Nicholson, who also worked together on the walnut fly tyer’s chest which was auctioned at the 2013 2-Fly Tournamant.   David expended over 150 hours crafting this exquisite chest. Similar manufactured chests retail for over 

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