Nova Scotia restoration designer and woodworker, Hal Forbes, was given a beautiful Victorian marble sink top by a client and immediately set out to build an antique reproduction wash stand around it. Many would cringe at the thought of such a project but not Forbes. He took this challenge on with his twenty year old Delta Scroll Saw and a smile. No stranger to challenges,
Forbes has spent the past 28 years restoring more than 30 homes and shops in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia to their former Victorian glory. “I have always enjoyed the Victorian Period known as the Stick Style that was popular in the 1880s. That’s when the scroll saw was really developed and its potential explored and many exciting styles of brackets, patterned shingles and applied moldings were offered,” said Forbes.
Forbes found a faithful lithograph of a period washstand in an old Victorian Bathroom pattern book and designed a pattern just the right size for his antique marble sink top. “These kinds of projects are always a fun exercise for me to see if the style can be precisely replicated,” he said.
The washstand was cut out of yellow popular with maple trim and appliques. It turned out so well that Forbes ordered another reproduction sink and made another stand. To achieve a cast iron look, the washstands will be painted a flat black with a metallic pewter rubbed finish.