September 01, 2010
Bourjaily: Not Your Grandpa's Gun Cabinet
By Phil Bourjaily
Who says a gun cabinet has to look like a gun cabinet? Peter Kasper, a young friend of mine, is a senior at Iowa State University, where he majors in Furniture Design. Peter also shoots for ISU’s trap and skeet club, so when it came time to submit a piece to the 2010 Design Emphasis Show at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, he built an oak and walnut gun cabinet. He tells me: “I would classify this as a 'Contemporary Studio Piece'-meaning it is part experimental sculpture while being functional. I was influenced by James Krenov and the British design firm Cato."
It can hold up to 5 long guns. The pegs are spaced far enough apart to accommodate a 12ga SxS. Overall size is 72"tall x 18"deep x 24"wide. The doors lock with a magnetic key.”
The judges called the piece “unique.” They said had never seen a gun cabinet entered before and awarded Peter’s cabinet third place in the “case goods” category. Third at the IWF is a big deal, by the way, so congratulations are in order. As for the cabinet, I like it. I just wish it held more guns.