If you ask art furniture maker David Wiesand for the influences on his latest works, you might be surprised by his answer. You might look at them first and think: There's a bit of French Empire style, here a few motifs from ancient Greece, over there hints of American Federalist.
He acknowledges all of these. Then he adds one more: "Alexandra," he says. "A lot of things come from fantasy images that I get from reading all of those myths and old stories to my daughter."
Four-year-old Alexandra is not only an inspiration. She loves to help apply the gold leaf. "Her fingers are so small they're perfect for smoothing the leaf into tiny crevices," he says.