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Silas Kopf works featured in N.Y. exhibit

Silas Kopf will present his latest furniture featuring contemporary American marquetry in an exhibition Oct. 11 to Nov. 3 at Gallery Henoch.

Sila Kopf's new marquetry cabinet, Checkmate has eight hidden, but functional, compartments.

The exhibit’s featured piece is a cabinet, titled “Checkmate,” modeled on the trick furniture concepts first learned from the French master Pierre Ramond. “Checkmate” features a marquetry image of two men in a chess match. A cabinet door, crafted in trumpe l’oiel marquetry, is left slightly ajar and interrupts the image. The actual doors are camouflaged by the imagery and are opened by a hidden switch. In all, eight hidden drawers and compartments are stowed away within the piece.

Kopf, of Easthampton, Mass., has been building furniture since 1973. He is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in architecture and served a two-year apprenticeship with Wendell Castle. His work is also featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Mint Museum, The Smith Museum of Art and in private collections.

Kopf's "Aquarium Cabinet."

Whidbey Island guild exhibit

The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild will present the ninth annual “Art + Wood = Woodpalooza” exhibition Sept. 1-3 at the Whidbey Center for the Arts in Langley, Wash.

This table by Gary Leake of Coupeville, Wash., will be featured in the Whidbey Island Woodworker Guild's upcoming exhibit.

The guild seeks to support professional woodworkers, inspire and educate amateurs and provide awareness to the general public of the skills available locally from its talented members. It was formed in 2001 to bring together the woodworking community of Whidbey. Now in its 11th year, the guild includes makers of furniture, cabinetry, architectural woodwork, turners, clockmakers, sawyers, carvers, restorers, musical instrument makers, boatbuilders and refinishers.


Gallery Henoch, 555 W. 25th St., New York, NY 10001. Tel: 917-305-0003.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Zech Hall, 565 Camano Ave., Langley, WA 98260. Tel: 360-221-8262.

This article originally appeared in the September 2012 issue.

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