Tuesday, January 10, 2017

so, another staggering statistic ... photos on google +

i was getting ready to organize my 'photos from 2016' slide show, like i've done every year since 2009 and i checked my 'slideshows' section and logged in to my google + profile page where it shows all my photo collections 
a brief scroll through them showed that after 8 + years of blogging, i have over 10,000 images there for public viewing.   there used to be links to the blog posts that every picture is from, but somehow, google + changed picasa and now sometimes they show and sometimes they don't .. i would really like to figure out how to make them show every time ... any ideas folks?  leave a comment or send an email please.
 a very interesting (to me) visual diary of recent pieces and events ....
like 2,000,000 + page views is a lot of page views, 10,000 photos on the web is a lot of photos ...

Monday, January 9, 2017

another claro walnut live edge table

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 gonna 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 ..

Thursday, January 5, 2017

a reproduction chest base

1/4/17 .. finished the chest base (finally) ... took a little longer than i hoped, but the client loved it.
we'll deliver it on  monday .. pleased with the way it looks .. an interesting and challenging project

my client has had this case, he informed me today, for 22 years .. it's a beauty.
nice cherry, nice color, nice proportions ... all we have to do is make a base
to match the photo below ...
 we're going to have to do what some folks would call some 'real woodworking'.
 make/carve four legs with trifid feet, makes some fancy aprons and add some moldings.
and then, simply just match the new base to the old case ...
the staining and finishing will likely be one of the tougher parts of the porcess.
studying up a bit with my israel sack 'good,better,best' book
and in norman vandals book on queen anne furniture
plus there is some good stuff on the internet ..
we are going to try to end up with something like this one
and the one in the photo above
i'm going to carve at least one sample leg in basswood before i head into the cherry .
should be fun ..
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okay .. we're on it now ..
most  furniture makers would agree with me that there is nothing easier
than copying a piece of furniture from a photograph .... ha ha ha ha ..
it can be done, but it ain't easy in my humble opinion ..
first shot at it .. click the photos to enlarge them ..
head on

proposed adjustments
comparison ... more photos as we progress

Sunday, January 1, 2017

new moon, new year ...

happy new year everyone!
as we head into 2017 and my 38th year of custom furniture making, 
i'd like to wish all of you a healthy and prosperous new year.  
we had a lovely holiday season here, and after one more day of rest tomorrow, we'll be back at it,

we've got a number of projects we're wrapping up and several new and interesting ones on the board.

as i sometimes do on the new year, i'll leave you with a few thoughts that have 
been lurking around my brain for a while...
click the photos to enlarge them ... 
back in the 90s, for a while i kept a sketchbook/scrapbook.  it came to light a while back from a box in the cellar, and, while there's lots of (dated) stuff in there, i plan to put some effort into sorting through it this year.  while it was living in my drawer this year, i stuck two clippings on the cover, one about lou reed and one on leonard cohen .. 
'i'd go there more often.' ... perfect! ... both are worthy of some further thought ..
as i fast approach the big 7 zero , i am sometimes asked if i will be retiring soon,
at the moment at least, i think not ... 
besides work and my day to day home life with kit and the boys, i seem to be making plenty 
of time for painting, pottery, golf, tennis, and paddle tennis. i don't sit still well ...
this year, i plan to teach myself to paint at least somewhat more realistically.
i am still in touch with and visiting with my painter friend horst, and though he has recently had a physical setback at 92, is still painting from time to time. i had the most lovely visit with him yesterday as i dropped off a book that i had made for him as a thank you for his 'teachings'.

and speaking of late stage, there was a recent article in the new york times magazine on chuck close
about the source of ideas and their relation to 'process' ...
it's a long one, and it concludes with some thoughts on 'late stage' work ..
you'll have to blow this one up to read it .. the gist of it .... 'artists don't retire' ... 

so, after some fine visits with friends both old and new over the holidays, stories swapped, both new and familiar, it kind of, for me at this point, boils down to mr. marquez's thought below ..
happy new year!

20 minutes later .... 
on second thought, i leave you with a poem, 'Cosmolgy' by billy collins.
typically, i'm not inclined to read much poetry, but i like this one ...

Saturday, December 24, 2016

merry christmas to all ...

and warm wishes to you for the best of holiday seasons ... 
below are a few images from Christmases past ...
above is a christmas card by sam, circa 1987 ... kit  and i watched him draw this ..
he drew the four red feet first, then the body and the face,
 then the red nose last
ice storm, 2008
shop lights, late afternoon
sunset 2015
my 'glass house' gingerbread house .. 2012 ...
with furniture
front porch
no snow, and green grass
we actually golfed on christmas eve and christmas last year
backyard 2011
and this year, taken thursday when we were still working...
and to all a good night !! 
here's to a healthy and prosperous 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

a brushed oak oval table

ok, we dropped this one off in manchester, vt today .. first local one in a while. the base was on a much smaller table that the client bought at the brimfield antique show a few years back .. we had to massage it a bit and put some oil on it, but it was a very clever, 'adjustable height' concept, and
very rigid once we made some adjustments.  great concept !!!
the finish color was somewhere between the top photo, which was whiter than it actually was, and the one above, which is darker than it actually is .. i've taken so many photos that if i get close, i just call it a wrap .. you'll have to use your imagination, but we thought i looked good.
we started with some beautiful 8/4 quartered white oak from adirondack hardwoods in saranac lake, n.y.
trevor cut the 102" long oval halves on our 100" cnc by cleverly running two half oval files and moving the blank about 8 " between files.  pretty clever of him ...
then we got to use this pretty cool makita wire brushing tool that we borrowed from a friend.
then we glued up the two halves using 'the paper bag trick' where you glue short matching
blocks to the halves with a piece of brown paper bag, add a few short clamps to give a little extra holding power and the n use your bar clamps to close the joint .. once the glue sets, whack the blocks with a hammer and the bag splits and they pop right off with no damage to the table .. 
here's a close up
here trevor is doing the final sanding before the final dull rubbed poly top coat ..
he is getting really good at finishing ..
  i hope to get an onsite, decorated photo with chairs from my client soon .. 
all for now ..