Sunday, July 5, 2015

the bar project

this project has been quietly going in the background for a couple of months now.  the scope of work was to add a frig, dishwasher, sink, wiring and plumbing to the existing bar, and try to make some sense of the blank back wall behind it.
the main part with the flaky paint is old.  actually, probably really old.  all really rough boards on the inside, hand cut  nails and rough construction, mounted on a new, raised up sub base that was added on site by the previous owner/original builder of the house.
what to do, what to do?  kind of a jumbled up space.
and what do we do back here?
ok, as usual, we got out the cardboard.
 and then change our initial concept after a site consultation about the cardboard with the clients ..
pick some wood and some details,
and have at it.  this is where we are as of this weekend .. the back bar part needs a little more refining and some moldings and then a nice rich stain and finish, as well as some bronzy, 'new antique' arch top mirrors and lights.  it's gonna be cool when it all comes together.

on the main bar, we first chopped out the existing base and decided where stuff should go ..

made a plan

got some plumbing and wiring in place with the constructive and creative help of gsk climate control and tyler electric.
it weren't easy ...

but all's well that ends well. appliance installation by brook valley appliances of manchester, vermont on thursday, and once we finish the back cabinets and get them in place, we'll be good to go
 it was not our first bar rodeo.  here and below is one from 2004 at a house at stratton mountain.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

news from the metal shop

sam's been busy in the metal shop since open studio ... he's done several steel bases for our designer friend jennifer palumbo in boston, working in conjunction with her local upholsterers, who judging from the
photos, are really good at what they do.  click the photos to enlarge them. .....
essentially, they are 'platforms' to support the upholstery .. this one in two pieces as it was quite large.
welded and painted

for the same project, a steel bench base

a custom bench base
with our 'dark bronze' finish
ta dah !!  cool piece !!

and a garden arch in painted steel ..

                                                      some grouse belt buckles ..
and always wear your 'vermonter' belt buckle when you are touring with your college golf team ...
some nice hammered steel shaker pulls

i think this is called a california balcony, but i've also heard it called a 'juliet' balcony.  
sam did a couple of these for the same builder a few years back. second floor french doors.
and a bronze finish steel and reclaimed oak console ...this piece was a big hit at open studio
interesting project here for the wood fired grill at the famous
south londonderry bistro, solo - farm & table

and we're hoping to get the metal lathe finally up and running this week
a custom house sign holder
and the final piece of a large house/railing project he started last year about this time.  the house is now finished inside and the landscaping is underway.

he's about to make a bench base to go with this table base he made for another furniture maker
to put under  a bosnian pear wood top

the cad drawings for both
he's currently working on a pair of steel based nesting tables for one our favorite interior design clients, jennifer palumbo in newton, mass .. these shoulod be finished up this week.
with some 1/4trd white oak tops ...
and he recently finished 10 of these bag racks for our local country club driving range.  i need to
take a picture next time i'm there ...
and the pool table below was finally delivered and set up last week .. my compliments and deep appreciation to thomas grimaldi pool tables of farmingdale, new york for handling the set up out on the end of long island.  i hear the house is quite amazing, and i look forward to seeing photos of the finished room.
it was a fun project ...

and the fish are biting ...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

a couple of white oak tables

we shipped two tables to marblehead yesterday.  they've been in the works for a while, pending completion of a remodeling project in the house.  the dining table was 12' long with the leaves on the ends, and the coffee table was a pretty good sized one too at 48 x 68. 

we started with some 8/4 plain sawn white oak from hal moore at adirondack hardwoods..
the construction of the base was straightforward mortise and tenon and the leg style was based on a drawing the client's architect sent us of the leg on the new kitchen island.
the clients wanted to occasionally extend the table, but didn't want the leaves in the center, so sam fabricated some 3/4 square steel pull out supports.
and chris added the wooden locators as well as some steel locking devices to keep the leaves attached to the table when they were added.
closed, the leaf supports are totally unobstrusive.

looks like a nice place to hang out !