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 .. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

a walk in the woods

2/4/17 ...
nice day saturday, so i took a walk in the woods.
i started at my new 'side' step off the front porch
it's a single stone, about 22" deep,11' long and 7" thick ..
waiting for the frost to go in the spring to set it on stone risers ...
thanks pete!  we love it ...
through the woods to 'the overlook' .. its about 20 minutes out to the west ..
  up the hill

over the hill, looking toward merck forest ..
and up the valley to pawlet 
home back through the woods on a different path, past the big red oak tree
i'd gues it's about 48" in diameter
past the neighbors house

past the view of peter's peak ..

home again, home again, jiggity jig ...
checked on the shop ..
and looked out toward stratton and mount snow ... 50 mile view
looks like winter is at least half over
i am guessing the fish are hoping so ...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

the next 8

ok, next up .. 8 more ladderbacks, this time with leather seats and not corded like the last 12 ..
trevor chris and tyler are whipping these into shape while the previous 12 are in the 
finishing process.  the table that goes with them is coming along too .. 
below are a few more shots.  click the pictures to enlarge them ..

parts and pieces ... lots of them ..

three sets of metal legs in the shop at once!  doesn't happen like that often ...
2k per set before we start to drill tap and polish .. but nice when they are done!
                               is there such a thing as a cnc square chisel mortiser?  there should be ..
 ready for stretchers ...
 picking and choosing the boards for the top
glued up .. bottom side showing here
the chairs will be like this one when they are finished

Thursday, January 19, 2017

another claro walnut live edge table

ok .. all done .. 1/21 ... having a little saturday photoshoot with trevor at jk adams, where we have been working on this 5' x 11' table .. they had this handy rolling stairway, like at the lumberyard, that
gave me a really nice elevated perspective on the table top, which is never easy to do in my own shop.
lots and lots of florescent lights, but we managed to warm things up with a couple of photo hot lights and
some cardboard blockers.  
a little photoshop cutting and stamping .. it kinda looks like it's floating a little, but you get the idea ..
i could do a little more work on this photo it if the spirit moves me .. 
the story is below ...
another new year, another claro walnut table ... i've lost count now, but
as you can see from this slide show, we have certainly made a bunch of them ..
this one will be about 11' long and 4' to 5' wide.  the client is undecided whether to
trim it more parallel or leave it with the flared live edge .. they have got some time to consider it
as it just arrived at jk adams on friday .. hooray for forklifts and big open workspaces!
click the photos to enlarge them ...
we made some 'visual aids' to help them decide .. two 1/10th scale models, one trimmed and 
one with the natural edge, with the pictures good hope hardwoods had of the slab on their website
the clients have decided to go with the full width, live edge version,
and trevor is working away on it, really away, as he is actually at our friend's
factory, JK Adams, down the road in downtown dorset.
he made some good progress today ...
from the website photos, we thought this would be the face, but,
as it turns out, there were two pieces of fence stuck in the slab which made
a dark stain deep in the wood .. also, on this side, the cracks are bigger as it is closer
to the center of the tree. 
the other side of the slab below, has some really spectacular
grain and color, and smaller and fewer cracks.
and no metal or metal stains on this side ...
so we're gonna go with this one, pending the client's approval
we cut the slab closer to its final length this morning and back at the shop made 
some sample blanks from the cut offs ... it is going to be a sweet one ... 
first coat of finish on this one ... more photos soon
moving along .. filled the cracks and routed for the base pieces and stiffeners today ..
update 1/19/17
working on the top last week

working on the bottom and the steel base pieces this week..
 and the shipping crates for its journey to the big island next week  ..
more as we move along ...