Don S. Shoemaker Design Lines – The “Descanso” set

Thanks to the support of Dick Shoemaker I was able to get a vintage SEÑAL, S.A. catalogue from him including Don´s most recognized design lines. I am presenting today the catalogue page on Don´s famous “Descanso” set. The “Descanso” design dates back to the 1960’s, it was produced in zebra …

Boxes for all kind of trinkets

Don S. Shoemaker tropical woods boxes are well known. I have seen them on the web and on display in vintage boutiques in Mexico. They were mainly produced in rosewood, in different designs and shapes, many of them include elaborate parquetry work in cueramo, cocobolo, granadilla, white mahogany and many …

Industrial Designs – a Don S. Shoemaker bureau

SEÑAL, S.A. profited from the installed equipment to produce a variety of industrial designs in pine and white cedar. Many sets of desks, chests and other decorative furniture pieces were ordered to furnish hotels, government offices, etc. in several states within the Mexican Republic. Here is a very nice white …

The Shoemaker Backgammon

A very special Shoemaker games set. Several tropical wood types were used to produce this backgammon. The set includes checker pieces made in “cueramo” (a rosewood variant) from Michoacan and white mahogany, called “primavera” by the locals, including two shaker cups for dice in black leather. Another masterpiece created by …

SEÑAL, S.A. Industrial Designs

Due to the expensive manufacturing costs on the tropical woods design pieces,  SEÑAL, S.A. profited from the installed equipment to produce a commercial line of colonial style furniture in pine and white cedar for hotels, government offices, etc. The legend says, that Don Shoemaker´s factory used to work 24 hours a day. …

Don S. Shoemaker´s Colonial Series

Today I will show you a few samples of Don S. Shoemaker´s “Colonial Series”. This sewing table is very rare and produced in alder wood. Below, a sample page of the SEÑAL, S.A. catalogue featuring one of Don´s Colonial tables. With these posts, I hope that you are able to …

Shoemaker´s “fun” pieces

These are the Don S. Shoemaker “Conversation Pieces”,  produced in volcanic pine heartwood by SEÑAL, S.A. I have only seen very few of these rare pieces in many years. This line was truly original! These samples were taken from a SEÑAL, S.A. catalogue that Dick Shoemaker was very kind to …

Don Shoemaker works from the early 1960´s

Here is a Don S. Shoemaker chair design from the early 1960’s.  This chair is very unique;  it was part of Don S. Shoemaker´s personal collection at his home in Santa Maria de Guido. The wood used to produce this charming little chair comes from a tropical tree extinct by …