Saturday, December 16, 2017

stART Space

there's a new 'emerging artists' contemporary art gallery in nearby
manchester, vermont .. we have long had high quality, established galleries such as tilting at windmills, the southern vermont art center, and lisa helmholz fine art showcasing very high end, representational art from longstanding local painters.  the ellenbogens hope to encourage a new generation of collectors
whose focus may be on the more contemporary side.
mission statement
a few photos of the gallery, in the former ems store in manchester,
a busy location with lots of parking .. below are some selected works
from the stARTSpace website .. i have not made the website yet as i just joined
the other five founding artists this week.

it's a big commercial space, and it has only been open a week,
but i am excited to be included as i actually consider myself
as a still 'emerging' painter ... below are six works from the last two months ..
and below are four from the spring of this year
and i have also included some paintings i did with my friend horst rodies
that i have blogged about here before ...
and they allowed me to sprinkle in a piece or two of furniture to give the space
a place to perch and read for a moment.

stop in if you are in town.  lots to see.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

hot off the press .. claro walnut slab for sale

i've got a new claro walnut slab looking for a home .. it is sort of an unusaul size,
 +/- 30 x 105 .. could be a desk, a librry table, a couple of coffee tables,
a des and a table ... whatever ..
it's got  nice satin finish, and the reflections you see are
because i didn't take the time at the end of a friday to get a good  reflection free shot...
 also, i am willing to cut it for the right person
nice figure and color variation .. the 'whites', in my experience,
become 'less white' over time .. 
kinda fun while it lasts though

for more claro walnut and live edge pieces,
you have to be logged in to a google account to view them .

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fixing a family heirloom

another save on the antique repairs and restoration front
this one is a family piece in rosewood and satinwood and i am guessing
18th or early 19th century, french or italian ..
hand sawn veneers, minimal interior gallery work, 
butoverall, definitely a piece worthy of a longer life ..
it'll be good for a while now for sure

@mrwhiskers chris bowlen did most of the work on this one, and he
did a beautiful job piecing back the flaking veneer
it looked not too bad at first glance, but on second glance, 
the veneer just flaked right off
fortunately, the owners were diligent about picking up the pieces,
and we only had to make 2 or three new ones ..
ittook a lot of tape to make it right
a little soap and water, a little wax and out the door ..
as usual, it felt good to make a worthy piece whole again ...

Monday, November 20, 2017

10 years of blogging

well, here we are .. hard to believe that 10 years and 852 blog posts have gone by, 
but, they have ... will got me started back in 2007, and i have been at it more or less
steadily since .. my peak writing years seem to have passed, but i do still keep at, a post here, 
a flurry of posts there, one or two that month, but still at it.  
it helps me think about what it is i do most days ...
for a quick overview of what i typically say in november, i refer you to this post
entitled '3 years of writing'  ... a history there with photos from the very early 70's.
hard to believe i been building stuff for 45 years ... pull up a chair; enjoy your tour .. 
or drift off and do something else .. i'll never know .. whatever ...
here we are today, or as it were, last week.  not woodworking,
but more along the lines of other stuff i do when i'm not working.
if i wrote only about woodworking, i'd lose my mind, so there are quite a 
few 'nature' posts, some 'what i'm reading' posts, categories of 'sam's work', 
and 'will's banjos', and probably the heart of it all
'the slide shows' ...
you may have to be logged in to google to view them ..
seriously, there are THOUSANDS of photos of our work there, and
when working with clients, i refer to that section time after time.
click any image to start the show, and click through the rest of them as 
fast as you can hit the arrow key.
so here's the blog tour/history .. click the photos to enlarge them ...
you've got your slide shows, your popular posts, your archive, and your video tour 
and your visitor history below ...
644,000 + total sessions,  2,345,000+ page views and 378,000 users
kinda humbling when you add it all up ... 
852 published posts, (140 some unfinished or drafts)
and a couple recent ones in the works ..
my most popular post on steel table bases has been view over 30,000 times
and at least some posts have been viewed by people in 216 countries
 us, canada, uk, france, etc. you might expect ..
but yemen? afganistan? sudan?
power of the internet ...

as my ex neighbor, the late tom brennan, used to say:
"just keep everlastingly at it."

will do tom.  thanks to my clients and to readers, and thanks for the platform google ..
it ain't shakespeare, but i bet it's at least as long as war and peace.
happy thanksgiving ...

Monday, November 13, 2017

dan's painting's ... a woodworker does color

ok ... i've been fooling around with this stuff
now for a couple years and i am ready to let it out of the bag ...
i like color!  
woodworking, there's not so much.  you've got
your different woods, your lights and your darks, your curlies
and your burls and other oddities, but the tones are earthy, and after a while,
they sort of blend and you find yourself fussing with subtle variations of brown
over and over and over.  red brown, green brown, light brown, dark brown ...
where are the cadmium reds and oranges, the cerulean blues?
you can't find them in the wood pile ...
so, off to the right there is a new page with a link to a slideshow
of my paintings, only some of which are shown here.  you can see all of them
at this link  i've got a million of em ...
trust me, this is just the beginning.  i am inspired not only
by my friend horst , a multidisciplined creator if ever there was one, but also by reading recently
on the mid century americans, motherwell, johns, diebenkorn, krasner, frankenthaler, o'keefe ...
you get the idea ... 
i plan to add to this post, which will also be accessible from the 'dan's paintings' page 
once it leaves 'home'
enjoy, comment, criticize ... i am open to your thoughts ..

ps .. it looks like you may have to sign into your google account to view the slideshow
ever since they ditched picasa, i have been having trouble sharing new slide shows
my sincere apologies ... 

some brass feet ... contractor services

being that we have accumulated many skills over the years, and like to keep busy, 
we often find ourselves doing work for other makers ..
builders, upholsterers, antique dealers, contractors ... we're open to your ideas
this client is a millwork, cabinet, and furniture shop in massachusetts,
and both our shop and theirs do work for the same boston and cape cod designers.
this project involved fabricating four 1" thick solid brass feet to cap 
the ends of the x shaped legs on a desk they were building
the legs were (conveniently) on a 45 degree angle so we
made some fir mockups, cut the brass, drilled and flushed it up,
polished it a bit and box em up

we got these photos of the finished piece last week ..
all in, all good ...