It was years ago in New Orleans that I first saw a campaign chest in an elegant antique shop on Royal Street, and I was fascinated. Solid camphor wood, and although 150 years old, it still perfumed the air. For almost a decade I imagined making such a piece, and this is my version. The teak exterior is traditional; the curly maple interior lends a feminine touch to a sober piece; secret compartments add mystery. I got over my fear of dovetails on this complex project.