Wednesday, December 10, 2014

furniture from reclaimed lumber

we've been making furniture from reclaimed lumber for many years now.  i am in the process of collecting the photos of this furniture in one place and have created this slideshow where you can see some of them.
here are just a few of my favorites ...
the 'bridges' bench   .. made for the 2010 bennington museum show 'state of craft: fifty years of crafts in vermont'.  the theme of the show was 'continuity' and this piece involved 4 members of our family.
one of our early chestnut projects ... it was a project for a friend, and it involved this table, 
a gateleg pull up extension table, and 8 chairs
i put my feet up on this one every day.  it was an early collaboration involving me and kit, and our metal working son sam
part of our series 'empire deluxe' ... reclaimed chestnut and vermont marble
and who doesn't love a nice post and beam custom pool table


Sunday, December 7, 2014

sunny winter light

friday morning was clear and sunny and the winter light was beautiful .. 
love the way it rakes horizontally across the house.
click the photos to enlarge them
makes the cherry glow



turkeys love it too

and the frost on the windshield was excellent

Thursday, December 4, 2014

another sir edwin lutyens inspired desk




here we have another desk in the sir edwin lutyens style
click the photos to enlarge them and see it happen from start to finish below ...
nice desk, and a job well done by my man chris bowlen ... 
this desk is the third in a series ...will built the first two at the links below ..
hardware by horton brasses in cromwell, ct
sir edwin rocked!  check out his wikipedia entry, then scroll down to his list of 'major buildings and projects' any one of which would likely occupy the typical architect for many years.  in a minor aside, the entry notes that he designed a little furniture and 'some of his designs are still on the market today'  .. 
this is one of our interpretations of one of his designs seen in the photo below.
our original client in 2009 sent us this photo, which we 'interpreted' into the piece you see at the top of this post.  that one is in cherry, bubinga and walnut, as was the second version we made in 2013 ..
the new cousin is in walnut, ebony, and walnut burl, and has a couple more drawers than the original.
 we're coming down the home stretch on it now ..
at 28" x 72" x 31" (the client is taller than most), it's the largest one we've made yet ...


we went back and forth a bit on the details and palette and finally settled on walnut burl panels with
an ebony line, quartered claro walnut borders and an american walnut legs, frame and top ..
we've done some finish samples and i'm pretty sure it will be striking when it's done ... 
it started out as lots of  parts

we started with our revised cad drawing of the original desk, lengthened it and added a second row of drawers and since it will be in the middle of the room, a stepped up back panel
and interior panels in the kneehole ..
chris roughed out the legs from a template modified from the original on our vega duplicator,
i did the final clean up and shaping of them .. just keeping my hand in .. i also worked on the structure off and on for a couple weeks while chris was in australia and new zealand .. i was happy when he got back.
we got the walnut burl veneer from ben barrett at berkshire veneer in massachusetts.  we've been buying veneer from ben for quite a while and he's always got some good stuff when we need it.
tricky construction with the step up in the middle
and lots of edging on the top and the panels ..
only sixteen like this one .. probably 30 pieces on each panel ... lots of tape.
onward ...

Monday, December 1, 2014

a reclaimed chestnut farm table

we delivered a reclaimed chestnut table to manchester today ..
the wood came from our friend jef harris at vintage log and lumber in alderson, west virginia .. 

another view, before it left the shop today .. mortise and tenon .. 
3" rails .. 3" leg stock .. click the photos to enlarge them ..



42 x 90 ... 1.5" thick top


we took the leg design from a chestnut table with three leaves that we built for another client in 2003
rough boards that were floor joists .. 2 x 8s and 2 x 10s
ready for the clear finish ..

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

black friday sale !! goods to go right now ...

i thought this year i would try to keep up with the big guys by instituting 
a 'black friday sale' of the furniture featured in our virtual gallery. the photos
above are just a few of the items available for immediate shipping.
click the link above to see larger photos and pricing information.
it is a sale, and prices are somewhat negotiable ... 
 
email  dan@dorsetcustomfurniture.com
or call us at 802-867-5541

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL !!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

a live edge claro walnut table

here we go .. claro walnut table number .. hmmm .. looks like number 31 counting from the slide show.  this one took some back and forth to get the right slab, but in the end, the clients got a real beauty. 
it is the third slab we have used from log #41. the one above is 41 #2 and the one below, #3, we used for this table back in april.  we used 41 #4 for the bed headboard in the previous post .. 
click the photos to enlarge them.
these three log mates had incredibly similar grain, not unexpected, considering they are separated by only 3" and a couple of saw kerfs.  sam made the steel 'nakashima style' base above, and trevor, jim and i did the shaping, sanding, and scraping necessary to go from the raw slab to the finished table.
jim took this shot of trevor 'working on the table' and me with my drawknife and best tin tin hair impression.  you've likely seen these posts before so i'll just add a few process photos and then tell you that the table had to go into an elevator (it just fit, standing on end) and on up to the fourth floor of a new jersey apartment building ...we had to send a piece of cardboard to the clients so they could check that it would actually go into the elevator, which wasn't the biggest one.
the slab was +/- 48 x 102, and the elevator door was 42 x 84 .. we had inches to spare ...
close up of the (really heavy), nicely welded steel base.  fortunately, sam designed it to be knocked down into three pieces for shipping, the two verticals and the 1.75" solid steel bar that connected them ..
before
after .. not bad for a night time cell phone picture

Saturday, November 15, 2014

a claro walnut slab headboard bed

we finished this fun project yesterday for a client in northern vermont ... the headboard is 
a +/- 48 x 100" slab of claro walnut.  the design is based on the bed below
 that we made a few years ago for a client in florida.
we started, as usual with a cad drawing and a mockup .. click the photos to enlarge them ..
the client accepted the concept and we were on our way ..
in this photo, we've got the plywood box for the platform and the ventilated ply tops cut. 
in the end, we cover the ply boxes with dark stained walnut and edge the plywood with the same material ... in this photo we are locating the boxes prior to drilling holes in the slab for the carriage bolts that secure the boxes to the slab.
the boxes were cut from continuous pieces of claro so that the mitered grain of the boxes matched as it went around the corners.  they looked really slick ..
we added our custom cast patinated brass diamond pulls to the drawers and we were good to go.
the slab will be hung on the wall at the clients home using the same system of 'french cleats' that we used on the first bed .. here's a link to that blog post where you can see how that works ..
photographing projects like these is always a challenge due to their size, but with a little photoshopping to remove the background clutter, you can get an acceptable 'record' image.  
not quite like the recent photo in the times of a new york city bed.  that one has a new york city price on it too.our version is a bit less in price.  neither of these are original ideas.  i had a client/friend visit the shop yesterday, and his parents had an (according to him) identical bed, only with a glued up rather than one piece headboard.  he remembered them having it in the 60s at least, maybe earlier. 
recylce, reuse ...
for more images of our claro walnut and other furniture please 
see the slide shows in the previous blog post ..

note below from the client enclosed with the final payment ...