Roll-top Desk (Part 1 & 2) | New Yankee Workshop
Norm visits the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, Massachusetts. Built in 1860, the mill was purchased in 1864 by German immigrant woodworkers, Charles and Frederick Schwamb. The brothers did a brisk business crafting the oval picture frames which, at the time, were in demand to display photographs of Civil War soldiers. In the Schwamb Brothers' old office, Norm spies a handsome, quartersawn oak roll-top desk, which inspires him to build his version of this American classic.