Thursday, October 13, 2016

next !!

october 21 .. good to go ... off to boston tuesday ..
pretty crowded in the finish room .. hard to get a good photo
this is an interesting photography technique i've been noticing in more than one high fashion magazine ad .. rather then a tedious and quite time consuming photoshop backround cut, it's a fast, approximate cut that still dramatically isolates the image from what is sometimes a confusing background.
will be ready to go by the end of next week ... it is the most popular size requested, +/- 42 wide by +/- 8 ' long.  luckily, our friends at goodhope hardwoods had a great slab on hand ..
 trevor flattened and smoothed it up with the power planer, and routed the bottom for the base.

the top is nearly finished and is just waiting for the base to be patinated
and attached before it gets its final topcoat ..
 the parts are drilled, tapped and assembled, and i hope we can start the patina process by monday ..
 the waterjetted parts.  it takes 'almost all day' to cut just one of the verticals ..
setting up to drill them on the drill press .. we have a system by now ...
updates to follow ...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Capital Letters

I stand corrected, if only for this particular blog post.
My Uncles have all passed on, but I would
be appalled to miscommunicate ANY information regarding
my friend Jack and his horse.
 I plan to use CAPITAL LETTERS for at least 
the next hour or two ... Beyond that, probably not so much.
Your friend,

Sunday, October 2, 2016

a claro walnut update ... with chairs

 we'll be delivering the claro walnut table on thursday this week. 
for the full story on this table, including a chain sawing video, 
thanks to sandy sherman chair caning, for the danish cord seat weaving,
everything is ready to go and it all looks great!
10/7/16 ... on site now ... 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

a small claro walnut slab coffee table

we wrapped up a small claro walnut slab coffee table this week
it's off to long island next week ...
cad drawing, and photo of the slab
it's got a steel base, same as this table, that we made last november, 
only without the 'squiggles' ...
it had some interesting features, like the unusual knot hole and a long,
thin crack that encouraged us to add 5 butterflies.

 before the finish
after the finish
 and before we started ... all for now .. we've got another claro slab dining table
in the works that should be finished sometime next week ...

Friday, September 23, 2016

the spalted maple dining table

 we delivered the spalted maple dining table today .. we've been working on it for a couple 
of weeks now, along with the coffee table in the previous post.  
luckily the elevator was of a generous size ..

here's it is in the shop

cad drawing with two base choices

in process .. the clients wanted some 'fairly straight', not crazy edges ..
close up of the figure and clear fill for the center hole
next up a couple of claro walnut projects ...

Monday, September 19, 2016

a spalted maple coffee table

we are wrapping up a spalted maple coffee table later today ...
i've had this piece on the wall of the finish room for about 10 years now, and surprisingly, the log stacked up in the first photo is from the same tree.  a locally renowned artist/woodcarver, porter brown, gave me the piece above and some other slabs before he died about 6 or seven years ago.  recently his daughter offered to sell me what was left, which is what you see in the top picture ... it went through hurricane irene and was covered by water and mud, but has dried out nicely in the last 5 years.  we've got a dining table that is nearly finished too and i'll post photos of that later this week.

i've got another coffee table slab left, and it's looking for a home ..

cad drawing
first coat of finish .. dramatic change

1.5 x 3" satin steel tube base by sam
i will post pictures of the finished table later ... in the meantime, here is a photo of two pieces i made about 10 years ago from the original slabs that porter gave me.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

the milton avery show at the bennington museum

after a guild of vermont furniture makers meeting at ray finan's shop in south arlington, i continued south to the bennington museum to see the milton avery show.  really glad i did.  milton avery was, according to wikipedia 'seminal to American abstract painting—while his work is clearly representational, it focuses on color relations and is not concerned with creating the illusion of depth as most conventional Western painting since the Renaissance has. Avery was often thought of as an American Matisse, especially because of his colorful and innovative landscape paintings. His poetic, bold and creative use of drawing and color set him apart from more conventional painting of his era. Early in his career, his work was considered too radical for being too abstract; when Abstract Expressionism became dominant his work was overlooked, as being too representational. read the full bio here  avery was a big influence on mark rothko and adolph gottlieb as well as others of the early abrstact expressionist movement. 
click the photos to enlarge them ...
 he also spent a number of summers just up the road in rawsonville and jamaica, vermont. 

nature scenes from pikes falls and ball mountain

loved this one ..  a self portrait

the show included a nice selection of his sketchbooks combined with his later studio interpretations of those sketches into paintings

the center and right hand paintings are interpretations from the same sketch above them

a while i was there, i also got to visit with a piece i made for the museum about 20 years ago .. 
still lookin good