Three Pines Wood Co. unveiled this unique blanket chest at the 2023 Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was one of the featured furniture pieces at the show and received a lot of attention and positive feedback from both the show’s attendees and other craftsmen and artists who were part of the show.
The blanket chest is built in the classic Arts and Crafts style, which is known for clean lines, traditional joinery, and designs that are inspired by nature, and has hints of the Modern Mountain style that is popular in the Western Mountain states. The main material used is quarter-sawn White Oak. Quarter-sawn wood is wood that is cut in a way that provides the wood with a straighter grain. It also makes the wood stronger and more resistant to warping. The inherent hardness of White Oak, combined with it being quarter-sawn, makes this type of wood the perfect choice for a piece that is meant to be passed down for generations. The straight grain of the wood allows the piece’s design to shine as well!
The design of this blanket chest was based on one that we previously made for a client in Wyoming. However, we upgraded the simple design of that previous chest to include several inlays, made from both Walnut and Maple. On the front panels of this blanket chest, there are pine trees and a deer design, and when you lift the lid, there is an inlay of the snowy Teton Mountains. The addition of these inlays gives the blanket chest a custom look that would make it feel at home in a mountain home. A chest like this would look equally great in a rustic cabin or a more modern mountain-style home.
We finished the blanket chest with Odie’s Oil to help the beautiful wood grain and the inlays stand out.
A blanket chest makes a great heirloom piece because it typically receives less use than regularly used furniture pieces such as tables, chairs, or dressers. Therefore, a blanket chest can still look as good as new when it’s time to pass it down to the next generation. At Three Pines, we can create blanket chests with any level of customization our clients want, including custom engraving or inlays. We can also work with just about any species of wood, and we can even create custom stain colors.