Don´s Gift Line – Home Bar Essentials

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Sometime ago I already mentioned in one of my posts that Don had an extensive and very creative “Gift Line”. This Gift Line included all sort of articles for any thinkable occasion: presents, boxes, toys, sculptures, games, bar and gourmet accessories, desk utensils, organic designs, decorative objects, painter tools, jewelry, etc. You would always discover and buy something for yourself or for someone else when looking around the shop. Most of the times when we visited Don in Santa Maria de Guido I carried wish lists from my relatives with all the goodies I had to bring back home from SEÑAL, S.A.

One of Don´s specialties were his Bar and Gourmet Accessories. He would argument that no matter how you serve drinks and cocktails there are some essentials that no well-stocked home bar, no matter how idiosyncratic, should be without. The Shoemaker equipment in any serious home bar should include: at least one or two cut boards, napkin holders, a salt & pepper set, two sets of coasters and many ashtrays among others to make your guests feel very comfortable. (Don also designed a complete bar furniture line, but I will address this subject some time in the near future).

So, I have made a selection of some the Shoemaker gadgets that I use in our home bar for you:

  • A cut board and a cheese board made in solid tropical woods (striped design including white mahogany, cueramo and other local rosewood species):

  • Salt & Pepper Set  – “Elephant” model. Don designed several salt & pepper sets, this was our choice made in cocobolo tropical wood:


  • Napkin holder made in solid cueramo, cocobolo and other local rosewood species:

  • Matching set of 6 coasters made in cueramo tropical wood with mahogany, a cocobolo ashtray and a set of teabag holders:

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The Parsons cabinet

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Don S. Shoemaker´s cabinets were the most impressive and expensive tropical woods furniture pieces to admire at SEÑAL, S.A. These superbly crafted luxuriant pieces are a true furniture statement, produced in very limited numbers, the perfect match to harmonize with your Don S. Shoemaker dining room set, or together with a “Descanso” set, maybe to furnish your library combined with some Sling Swinger chairs or just to decorate your office.

The Parsons cabinet presented here today is part of my personal collection. It has been in my family for more than 30 years and still looking absolutely astonishing! This cabinet made in cocobolo belongs to the Parsons line (which included complete dining room sets, office furniture, coffee tables, living room sets, bedroom sets, etc.), all produced with parquetry in cocobolo or rosewood), it has a unique and timeless sliding doors design, also pay attention to the color of the parquetry: a warm and nice dark patina, a result to the aging process.

Notice the inside finish of the drawer (see picture). As already discussed in another post, the wood inner face that has not been exposed to the sunlight normally has a much lighter color than the outside, as the sunlight darkens the wood. However, the key point here is to remember one of Don´s trademarks: perfect craftsmanship with drawers always made in solid tropical woods. Of course, this elegant piece carries the Don S. Shoemaker decal studio label.


I have seen forgeries with the drawer front produced in cueramo wood, the drawer sides finished with cheap pine wood and a plastic laminated bottom (see picture).

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Boxes for all kind of trinkets

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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 other rare tropical wood species. Don´s shop always had a complete assortment of boxes for all possible purposes you could image.

I am including some pictures of a set of boxes from my personal collection, a sample of a typical Don S. Shoemaker parquetry box and a very original “Egyptian Falcon box”. One evening in Santa Maria Guido while talking about all kind of birds and magical creatures, Don stood up and came back with this astonishing Egyptian falcon box. What a gift!

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SEÑAL, S.A. Industrial Designs

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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 S. Shoemaker´s factory used to work 24 hours a day.

A sample of a white cedar chest of  drawers is shown here, including the Don S. Shoemaker label.  Notice that the label is glued to the wood


New forgeries I have seen include labels taped to the wood.  Sometimes, the sticker is taken from a small genuine piece using tape, then glued to the wood. See sample below

THE SURFACE OF THE LABEL MUST BE 100% SMOOTH

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