And whoa - talk about jumping down a rabbit hole!
Turns out this desk holds both historical and woodworking interest for me - check this out!
The Arctic during the 1800s was still undiscovered territory. In 1852, the ship the Resolute was sent to the Arctic Ocean to search for missing explorer Sir John Franklin.
Queen Victoria ordered that a desk be made from her best timbers. This was the gift that she sent to the White House. The desk, made from the ship that sealed a lasting friendship between Great Britain and the United States, has been in the White House ever since.
Originally, the desk was built with an opening in the center area,
Young John Kennedy Jr. and other Kennedy kids liked to play under the desk pretending the panel was a secret door.
Lyndon Johnson was too big for the Resolute desk, so he had it moved into storage once again. Nixon and Ford did not use it, but Jimmy Carter brought it back to the Oval Office. That makes sense - Jimmy is a woodworker!