Saturday, August 25, 2018

Art Manchester

i will be tending the Art Manchester gallery tomorrow from 11 to 5:00.
it is located in the former hickey freeman store, at the foot of center hill road, 
next to tumi, and across from ben and jerry's ..
i have a couple pieces there that have been languishing in the upstairs 
of the metal shop since last year about this time ... 
come and check them out .. the table above is my 
'homage to david smith' coffee table.  it is loosely based on his sculpture series
titled 'circles'.  painted oak slab top, painted steel base ...
no reasonable offer refused!!
artwork above by dona mara of the mettowee makers, rupert, vt/
here's another coffee table ... a single piece of crotch walnut,
about 32 x 42, reclaimed chestnut base .. 
again, i am accepting reasonable offers one this one too. 
and right across at helmholz fine art, i have this fine claro walnut dining table for sale
and a nice claro walnut desk with a drawer and a satin polished steel base 
below are more views of the art manchester gallery ..
pottery by lauren axelrod and others
ray finan's table ... chairs by

other woodworking by members of the guild of vermont furniture makers ...
                                                                      lots to see ...
and i think i did mention that it is right across the street from ben and jerry's

Friday, June 22, 2018

startspace opening 6 23

there is an opening at startspace in manchester tomorrow, 6/23/18, from 4 to 7.
i will be there with perhaps 17 other artists for the 'summer show' of abstract
and non representational painting and sculpture .. 
more information on the 18 artists exhibiting at

lots to see ... come by if you can ...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


where does the time go?  it's almost the first day of summer !!
since my last blog post on may 22nd we have been ripping through
lots of projects including some that were in the works a month ago.
below is a sample of some of the more interesting ones
a nice walnut coffee table .. 40 x 60 x 18 with two drawers
a beautiful job on a king size cherry pencil post bed by trevor
first time running the pencil posts and mortises on the cnc
safe and perfect .. gold star for trevor
 and i got some time in on the lathe for the finials .. 
first time i turned anything in  quite a while ... 
kinda like riding a bicycle, but not quite ... i'm a little rusty ...

 and the metal shop has been particularly busy the last couple of weeks
sam installed this railing high above lake george today .. 16' 7" long ..
and he made some parts for another railing before this one .. 
same  builder, different house
lots of parts
lots of railing too
and tyler did 5 repairs the week before last ..
this chair was a family heirloom and needed some love
like some new front rail tenons
tah dah .. ready for another hundred years
and the cutest little chair about 18" high ... 
it needed a disassemble, reglue and polish 
and we installed vanities 3 and 4 on the vanity project
chris has become the resident vanity expert .. 
danby imperial on site now by bennington marble and granite
ready for plumbing by GSK climate control this week
and we picked up the 'thoreau cabin project' bed from sandy sherman chair caning yesterday
beautiful job by tyler and sandy
and today tyler and i finished the reproduction rocker for the cabin ..
though i have made a lot of windsors over the last 40 years, this one was
the first in this style and the first windsor in about 15 years
talk about rusty for sure .. 

quite the four weeks ...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

a steel and oak dining table

we dropped this one off last friday ... 
it had to go to a second floor dining room and the boys
said they barely made it up the steps and in. 
an inch longer and it may not have fit .. funny,
it didn't seem tight when i was there to see the space
it was another, based on this maple table we made last fall
cad drawing
two possible layouts
the base on it's jig being fitted up
welded up
seven steel butterflies
on site ...

popular design!  i've got a proposal out on another smaller one, 32 x 48 x 36 high

Friday, May 18, 2018

a king size bed

this one has been in the works for a while, and we delivered
it last thursday, just in time for mother's day weekend ...
fine figured mahogany from our friends at irion lumber

the obligatory 'before' shot
there were several conspt drawings, this one showing the top
of the plank below the lights
with a photoshopped concept sketch in the early going
more of these wide planks on irion's website .. i have 
a 42 " one waiting to be shipped once we deliver 
the 'stairway/ and around the corner' situation was EXTREMELY tight 
so we did a test install ahead of finishing .. 
  another inch longer or wider and we wouldn't have made it 
mocking it up in the shop with photoshop
color sample
it took some careful loading in the truck and the van to get it all there

love this shot going in the front door
trevor on the tail end ...
a fun and rewarding project!

Monday, May 14, 2018

a serious blast from the past

crazy one here!  we made this cabinet in 1989 and i personally delivered it to a building
called 'the studios', in new york, just off central park west.  a beautiful prewar building with
apartments designed, so i was told, as live in artist studios
they must have all been very successful artists as the whole building was beautiful!
click this one to see two pages from one of my pre digital portfolios
om that top center photo on the left, i am standing in front of a 7 foot high
carved marble fireplace ...
so, last friday, i received this photo in an email ... in the late 90's the original owner
moved to florida and took the cabinet with him ... in 2003, he sold the house with the cabinet included.  the new owners have lived happily with it since but have now recently
moved to VERMONT!  you can't make this up .. they have invited me to visit and i
certainly plan to do so soon ..can't wait to see it actually.
the new owner says that all the original correspondence came with the cabinet, and
surprisingly, i too found the original file and that is where the photos here came from ...
bill for the custom forged hardware
one of my very early employees, jeff
and another, who was still in high school, frank .. jeff was around i
think for about 7 years and frank for 12 years, starting when he was 17.
and here's will (seedersinstruments) standing in front of the unfinished cabinet .
he was 5 then, and i definitely remember the hat!
i've got a few other photos around somewhere ...