I had the pleasure of hosting Elga Koster for a long weekend during the miniature shows in April. She came all the way from South Africa! Oh, what a lovely time we had! As a surprise, Elga presented me with a lovely bookcase for Gustav, though I am sure this piece will move around in scenes. It's simply gorgeous and even has a hidden drawer!
There are tiny turned details in each side. It's made from a hard South African wood called mopane that Elga tells me is extremely difficult to work with due to its hardness. She has to make several small cuts for every detail, whereas a softer wood takes less effort.
The grain is perfect for scale, set with a fine polish. I will have to get to work making books!