Whispering Woodworks

Pencil Post Bed
This pencil post bed features many of the classical design elements of a traditional period bed.  From the tapered octagonal posts which are shaped by hand with a drawknife and spokeshave, to the hand turned finials at the top, this bed features a great deal of hand craftsmanship. The bed is constructed from solid black walnut in a very traditional manner with mortise and tenon joinery, bed bolt to connect the rails to the head board and footboard, and bed irons to support box spring.  A hand carved shell - modeled after the famous Goddard style shell - was carved for the headboard.  Other headboard designs are available with and without carvings.  This bed is shown with a flat tester frame to support a bed canopy - the bed is available without this frame as well.  The use of another wood, such as cherry or mahogany would make a very beautiful piece as well.  The bed size, style, wood selection, and coloring can be customized to suit the customer's requirements.

Solid black walnut construction.
Hand shaped tapered octagonal posts.
Hand turned finials complete the top of each post.
Scrolled headboard with a very detailed hand carved shell.
Available with and without the tester frame for a canopy cover.  I can provide information on where to order some excellent handmade canopies in a variety of styles.
The height of the bed, mattress size and headboard designs can all be specified by the customer.
Rails joined to the posts with traditional bed bolts - bolt covers are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes.
Bed bolt wrench included to allow periodic tightening of the joints as the humidity changes.
All joinery is mortise and tenon.
This bed was finished with a hand rubbed shellac -  then buffed and waxed to a satiny sheen
Other woods, styles and finishes are available - including turned post, shaker or raised panel.

Detail view of the tapered octagonal leg, bed rails, bed bolt covers

Detail view of canopy frame and carved shell on headboard.  

Bed shown with tester frame, finials and hand made bed canopy.