Yes, that is exactly what he wanted to do.
Free Patents Online and came across a few club carrying variants while looking at bicycle trailer patents. Most of the designs were with using a one-off rear rack design that greatly restricted any sort of multipurpose capabilities of the bike.
I mentioned the idea to Richard and we discussed a few different angles, but after a few days, we both forgot about it. (By the way, nevermind his face in this picture, he was trying not to laugh, or had gas, or was forcing the smile, or.. well, something, he doesn't normally look like that.)
Then one day I thought of it again and started making plans again. We went to he hardware store to start scoping out parts. The funny thing about it all is that the design idea that we left the store with was nothing like the one we went into the store with.
The wooden contraption attaches to the rear rack by means of a gravity assisted sort of cam-lock and the panniers attach much the same way as they would to the top rail of the rack. Unfortunately, I have no photos of this at all. I hope to be able to get some more shots of it sometime (Richard says he's going to put a bunch of golf stickers on it.) to show more details about its construction, along with maybe a short video of what it looks like rolling along. I really should have made an instructable out of this.