Sunday, May 29, 2016

open studio update

ok .. doors open in 3 hours .. kit still has to set up her jewelry, but the case is in place and she should have plenty of time ... the shops are REALLY clean, and i have just a few last minute details to attend to ... prices, road signs, sweep the office .. etc.  the weather is beautiful though hot ... come by if you can ...lots to see.
the big claro table is still here .. and isaiah finished the leather yesterday .. the benches still 
need finishing on the wood but the curved steel bases by sam are ready to go.  and there is a partially finished claro slab in the foreground, looking for a home ..
we have another area with a few smaller pieces for sale ..
i've got my paintings hung for their first public appearance .. nice to see them all lined up
panoramic of the metal shop
 another shot of the claro walnut slab for sale
the cnc area is cleaned up pretty nice .. that's will shop in the background
a guitar will finished recently ... had to learn some new skills, like metal spinning for this one ..
and the jewelry is out!

light turnout yesterday .. hoping for more folks today ...

Monday, May 23, 2016

open studi0 2016

ok ... here we go again .. it's open studio time .. kit and sam and i are going to have a good time setting up for open studio this year .. there will be lots to see from jewelry to metal working to woodworking, pottery and possibly a few of my paintings and sculptures ..  here's just a sample .. i'll ad more as we get it together ..
this coming saturday and sunday, 10-5 both days .. come by if you can ...
we are one mile up danby mountian  road from route 30 in dorset, vt .. 23 goodwood lane, one the left ..
click the photos to enlarge them ...
some of kit's new pieces in labradorite and kyanite ..
i'll have this slab available to be something .. also some base sketches and suggestions .. 
this is a model, but the actual slab will be here and sam will have the base in process. 
this one is a work in process, but it will definitely be finished by the weekend ..
more photos as the week progresses .. stay tuned ..
 a cherry 'bethlehem stell' bureau
steel and painted oak coffee table
some of my paintings will be hung up and for sale
 and some pottery

below are some links and open studio photos from previous years.
open studio 2015

Sunday, April 24, 2016

claro walnut slab tables

finishing up a couple of claro walnut slab projects next week.  above is the slab we started with for a dining table that will go in a half round room about 10' in diameter ... the drawing is below.  
click the photos to enlarge them ...
here's the finished table .. the story is below
typically before i actually purchase the slab, i will crop it to size in photoshop and often, can erase the dimensions with the 'rubber stamp' tool ... that gives us and the client and idea of the final shape.  in this case, i actually made a full size cardboard template for then to try in the room for a while ... here's the drawing ...
and the model below, with a new base design
painted mdf base, 1" = 1' scale .. picture of the slab glued to the mdf top
the base only ...
the base rectangles are actually welded now ...
and the slab is filled and has its first coat of finish .. 
the steel will have our 'bronzy' patina when it is finished
the base is welded up now .. ready for patina
before the final cut to length
we use aero marine clear epoxy fill, #300/21.  scroll down on the epoxy page .. we outline the cracks with a couple layers of tape and then fill to the top of the tape, which after a tiny bit of settling, allows us to
scrape it to a level filled finish.
the second, (and there is actually a third shown briefly in this post) is a largeish coffee table, 
about 46" wide by 66 " long by 15.5" high .. same process ..
first a drawing with the cropped slab photo ...

in this case, we made a full size painted mdf mockup to confirm the proportions ..

 5/2 .. all in all done .. good to go.
it'll be off to providence next week or the week after ... 
more on the '3rd' project as it progresses ... it is being made from slab cts#23
and it has some cracks, but also some seriously dramatic crotch figure ... the first stage
of the clear fill is hardened and we are awaiting delivery of another batch on monday ... 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

more stuff

more time flies by, and again i find i'm not doing much writing on my blog here ... been busy, and the work, 
while interesting, is not that new or challenging that it needs to be explained too much ... 
so, we'll continue with the show and tell ...

here we have a small claro walnut slab dining table, about 36-38 x 72 with a walnut bench.
headed to sag harbor soon with a nice mottled green vermont slate and steel coffee table .
'rothkoesque' i believe would be a good description ...

and we're about to wrap up this steel and pine bar .. 
a couple more coats of finish on the top and it will be good to go
'mountains and stream' steel work by sam
and this is how it starts ...
and another one of those 'oil finish in a sunny room' tables from 1991 returned for a visit.
trevor removed the breadboard ends, and rescraped it with his trusty stanley 81
to see what you can do with that tool in 21 seconds, here's a link to a youtube video.
most woodworkers have one of these tools hanging around, but few of them use them as much as we do
i don't think it took him more than 15 minutes to get the old finish off and expose the beautiful wood below. 
tah dah .. better than new ... the aged cherry color is beautiful ..

this one, from 1989, from the same client, was a little more of a challenge with the black milk paint details ...
we first scraped what we could, then using a piece of 1/4" mdf to shield the long sections of the center detail
we carefully removed the finish with a chiselscraper.  in case you are unfamiliar with it, a chiselscraper is
 a new tool i made by putting a scraper type hook on a 1" chisel.  a valuable leap of logic.
again .. better than new .. we left the spot where the puppy chewed the breadboard end 
and just a few of the deeper and more meaningful scratches.

and we've got a couple new claro walnut slab projects coming up. the one above is going to be 
a dining table in a half round room ...

about 60" x about 65" with a new base design that looks good on the model ..

and this one is gonna be a big coffee table about 48 x 66 ..

and, on top of all this, i have a kitchen design i'm in the middle of .. more on that later ...

the fish are biting for sam
and i'm back to painting with my friend horst ...

all for now ...
see my dorset custom furniture facebook page for a few good merle haggard videos ..
gonna miss merle too ...