Saturday, March 18, 2017

mr berry has left the building

mr. berry has left the building .. soundtrack of my youth ... maybelline .. promised land ...
on and on ... there is some vinyl, somewhere, as well as a cd, also somewhere, of 
'the great 28', chuck's biggest hits ... 
rock and roll hall of famer, influencer of the stones, the beetles, bruce and even the beach boys,
and he was finally recognized by the grammy folks ith a lifetime achievemnet award in 1984.
he was a showman and had some trouble with the law, but his particular style of guitar playing is 
one of the gold standards of early rock.  there is an excellent obit in the times by jon pareles..
good slide show and a nice tribute there .. 
i leave you with a little duckwalk and the lyrics to 'promised land' 
i hope chuck really made it there ..

Thursday, March 16, 2017

(yet another) round walnut table

here we go again ... yet another round walnut dining table with leaves
we have made a big bunch of them in the last couple of years, 
and we never tire of the form .. this one is loosely based on a 
photo of a mid-century modern table, designer unknown, sent to us by 
took the top picture with good and careful lighting, took the two
here with the leaves the next day 
when i was in a hurry and had to make room in the finish room
it's somewhere between the two ... with jus two of the leaves above ..
and with all three, with drop down legs here .. i doubt the client will ever use them, 
but i would hate big ancient aunt matilda to lean on the end of the table to get out 
of her seat ..
early on ...
nested parts, cut on the cnc

with the leaves without the legs .. it works, but don't dance out there ..
and the cad drawing here ..

fine walnut from our friends at irion lumber

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

another american walnut table and 12 ladderbacks

another walnut table .. this one with some sap wood and another steel base ..
here's the drawing ..
ready for some 'bronze' finish on the steel
and the 8/4 from irion .. Myron had to hunt up these boards with the sapwood. 
there usually isn't much sap on their walnut ..
I was hoping for a bit more, but it looks good as it is .
these clients chose the Danish cord ladderbacks .. 12 of em ... lots of parts
they will look like these when they are finished ..
with lots of nails for the cordwork

for a change, we put the nails in before the chairs were glued up and finished ...
our cord person, Sandy Sherman, of Sherman chair caning was most appreciative ..
nesting !!
ready for finish and cording .. pictures of the finished table
and chairs soon ...

an american walnut table

we finished a couple of projects last week and I am just getting time to write about them now ...
this project consisted of am 8 foot walnut table with a steel base
and 8 of our contemporary ladderbacks ..
nice walnut from irion lumber, our usual source
cad drawing .. 44 x 96
the 8/4 boards
three steel bases at the same time .. that doesn't happen often ..
the unfinished table with the polished steel, ready for the 'bronze' patina ..
in the spray booth ... we are using a new custom tinted m l Campbell
envirovar conversion varnish .. closest yet to an oil finish look ...
these, below, have 3 coats of m l Campbell magna lac, in the 'dull rubbed' sheen ..

three other small tables with this project .. 18 x 30 x 21 high above
32 x 32 x 21 here .. all steel bases by sam

and a 54" round coffee table .. no picture yet as the stone was picked up on the way to the delivery .
ditto on the soapstone top for this 42 x 66" steel based kitchen table

and the 18 x 60 bench with the white leather top below ..
apologies for the photos here .. we were in a hurry and the light was tough ..
the three steel table bases below, ready for paint .. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

stuff we like to build

hmmm .. i have been thinking a bit about the future as i approach my 70th birthday in july.
how would i like to focus my business for the next few years?
i just wrote a blog post about repairs and restoration work, which we all enjoy,
but i would say that tables are probably our favorite thing to build ..
big ones, little ones, ones with live edge slabs of a log for a top,
federal style or traditional style with interesting inlays.
'mid century modern', farmhouse style, art deco, antique inspired, reclaimed wood ...
i think we have covered a good share of the possibilities.
click the photos to enlarge them if you are at your desktop ... 
for instance, above is page 02 of  07 from the 'dining table' section of my (ancient) website,
which implies that there are about 60 other different ones there if you scroll through all 7 pages.
and then we have our 'small tables', page 2 of 4 pages ... only about 36 of those ..
here's a link to that website section here ..
 and don't forget 'desks' ... essentially more table like objects .. 

so, what am i trying to say ??? maybe it's that we have always enjoyed
creating the flat, useful surface, supported by an infinite variety of pedestal and leg systems.
tables are functional.  they are straightforward.
everyone, (including thoreau), needs at least couple of them.
there is something just eminently satisfying about walking into a friend or client's house and
having a meal at a table you made for them ...
some of those pictured on my (ancient) website i made over 30 years ago,
 and they are still going strong.
the most popular styles in the last few years have definitely been the live edge tables
at the top of this post, and the various round with pedestal variations shown 
in this glimpse of an online slide show of 
many, many, many, many pictures there .. 
certainly far from all of them, but a lot for sure ... 
thousands in fact ...
this post was prompted by the 4, count em', potential clients i spoke to today about a new table
angela, she's a designer, and had 3 different tables to discuss, jori and david, sevda in london, and lauren in sanfrancisco
i've got some drawing to do ...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

repairs, restorations, saving the past ... stuff we like to do ...

 it's always good to bring a family piece back to life .. 
this one belongs to my friends beth and tom 
it is a family piece from beth or tom's grandfather, i forget which ...
it had, as they say, some issues ... fortunately, and i do mean fortunately, as the pieces fell off , the were scrupulously saved and truth be told, the only one they missed was the big chunk off one of the drawer faces ... 
tom is a retired historic preservation architect, so he was on the same page as us
regarding the restoration process.  'don't make it look new'.  just spruce it up a bit
was what we decided.  tyler had at it, and he did a patient and wonderful job .. 
tah dah ... the hardware had some knd of mysterious coating on it that had
defied beth's efforts to polish it up.  we sed a low speed wire wheel on the grinder and
touched up the shin spots with some antique brass patina chemical .. thebrasses all looked 
pretty much perfect when he was through .. the dark left end and bottom two drawers were like 
that when it arrived and we just polished everything up with a bit of oil stain and some wax.

the interior is all back in shape, everyone of the little gallery tops 
were in the drawer along with a broken off point of one of the feet!!
the drawers are all sliding like a new ... 

we really enjoy doing these restorations and are always up for 
and available to restore/repair worthy pieces
here are a few links to some of our other 'saves' ,, 
this one was my personal favorite best ..


 below is another

and you can find more posts in the category section on  
20 some posts there .. contact us at 802-867-5541 to schedule your repair ..