William Francis Brown      

                 Fine Furniture

Federal Game Table

April 2018 News & Updates:

  • I was selected by a jury to be included the Early American Directory of top 200 craftsmen in America for 2 categories: my eagles and also for my furniture

1.  I'm carving traditional Bellamy Eagles, ca. 1890's Portsmouth, NH & Kittery, Maine.  About to gold leaf 6 eagles.  I've done five styles so far. See photos from my carving bench at the bottom of this page for a slide show and my new "Bellamy Eagle" page for photos and tutorials.

   I've got a new eagle, the "Bellamy 1812 Eagle"-- click on the eagle page for a slide show on how I made it.

   I'm currently carving the famous Bellamy "Providence Eagle".   The original sold at auction for $660,000 recently.   Click on the 'Bellamy Eagle' page and scroll down for a slide show.....

    See my new Facebook carving site:   https://www.facebook.com/williamfrancisbrown

2.  Entering my folding-leaf walnut Federal side table (with tons of inlay and veneer) in some competitions.  See photos and slide show ("table No. 3") at the bottom of this page.   My William & Mary spice chest won a spot in a juried exhibition at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine at the Center For Furniture Craftsmanship

3.  Working on side-table No. 7 of my series of 12 tables.  Each one features different inlay and veneer designs.  Photos below.  See the new slide show featuring the tables below, and also the tutorials on the 'Federal End Table' page.

4.  Working on a series of Sheraton period (1790 - 1820) Tea Caddies in different figured woods.  These are loaded with inlay and fun to make.  See photos below, check the Tea Caddy page here only website, or check my FaceBook site.

5.  Writing an article for the Society of Period Furniture Makers on Chester County Furniture.  Still gathering info, as there is very little written on this subject.   Wintertur and Chalfont's Antiques (around the corner form where I grew up in Malvern, PA) have been very helpful.  I'll put the link here after publication.

Currently finishing with shellac & varnish

Sheraton Tea Caddy

Click photo for more eagles, tutorials, info

Some construction notes.....

  • Walnut
  • Shell patterae
  • Rope edging
  • Lots of inlay & cross-banding
  • Tin-lined curly maple tea boxes inside: inlay & ebony edging
  • Ogee style chippendale feet
  • Lockset 
  • ​More boxes coming soon & available for sale:  Curly Maple, Curly Cherry, Flame Mahogany

My current projects......

  • Folding leaves
  • Continuous wrap-around cross bandings    of Curly maple & Macassar Ebony
  • Inlay all hand-made by myself
  • 4-way book matched burl walnut
  • Holly stringing
  • Cuff banded, ebonized feet
  • Cock-beaded drawer with walnut burl front

Click the photo for details, tutorial, etc.

Two inner curly maple dovetailed boxes, lined with tin, and edged with ebony

Traditional Bellamy Eagles

I'm actively carving these:  check my Facebook site and the Bellamy Eagle page on this website, as well as the "For Sale Now" page if you want to buy one (or have a rich uncle who wants one).