Wednesday, November 26, 2014

black friday sale !! goods to go right now ...

i thought this year i would try to keep up with the big guys by instituting 
a 'black friday sale' of the furniture featured in our virtual gallery. the photos
above are just a few of the items available for immediate shipping.
click the link above to see larger photos and pricing information.
it is a sale, and prices are somewhat negotiable ... 
or call us at 802-867-5541


Friday, November 21, 2014

a live edge claro walnut table

here we go .. claro walnut table number .. hmmm .. looks like number 31 counting from the slide show.  this one took some back and forth to get the right slab, but in the end, the clients got a real beauty. 
it is the third slab we have used from log #41. the one above is 41 #2 and the one below, #3, we used for this table back in april.  we used 41 #4 for the bed headboard in the previous post .. 
click the photos to enlarge them.
these three log mates had incredibly similar grain, not unexpected, considering they are separated by only 3" and a couple of saw kerfs.  sam made the steel 'nakashima style' base above, and trevor, jim and i did the shaping, sanding, and scraping necessary to go from the raw slab to the finished table.
jim took this shot of trevor 'working on the table' and me with my drawknife and best tin tin hair impression.  you've likely seen these posts before so i'll just add a few process photos and then tell you that the table had to go into an elevator (it just fit, standing on end) and on up to the fourth floor of a new jersey apartment building ...we had to send a piece of cardboard to the clients so they could check that it would actually go into the elevator, which wasn't the biggest one.
the slab was +/- 48 x 102, and the elevator door was 42 x 84 .. we had inches to spare ...
close up of the (really heavy), nicely welded steel base.  fortunately, sam designed it to be knocked down into three pieces for shipping, the two verticals and the 1.75" solid steel bar that connected them ..
after .. not bad for a night time cell phone picture

Saturday, November 15, 2014

a claro walnut slab headboard bed

we finished this fun project yesterday for a client in northern vermont ... the headboard is 
a +/- 48 x 100" slab of claro walnut.  the design is based on the bed below
 that we made a few years ago for a client in florida.
we started, as usual with a cad drawing and a mockup .. click the photos to enlarge them ..
the client accepted the concept and we were on our way ..
in this photo, we've got the plywood box for the platform and the ventilated ply tops cut. 
in the end, we cover the ply boxes with dark stained walnut and edge the plywood with the same material ... in this photo we are locating the boxes prior to drilling holes in the slab for the carriage bolts that secure the boxes to the slab.
the boxes were cut from continuous pieces of claro so that the mitered grain of the boxes matched as it went around the corners.  they looked really slick ..
we added our custom cast patinated brass diamond pulls to the drawers and we were good to go.
the slab will be hung on the wall at the clients home using the same system of 'french cleats' that we used on the first bed .. here's a link to that blog post where you can see how that works ..
photographing projects like these is always a challenge due to their size, but with a little photoshopping to remove the background clutter, you can get an acceptable 'record' image.  
not quite like the recent photo in the times of a new york city bed.  that one has a new york city price on it too.our version is a bit less in price.  neither of these are original ideas.  i had a client/friend visit the shop yesterday, and his parents had an (according to him) identical bed, only with a glued up rather than one piece headboard.  he remembered them having it in the 60s at least, maybe earlier. 
recylce, reuse ...
for more images of our claro walnut and other furniture please 
see the slide shows in the previous blog post ..

note below from the client enclosed with the final payment ...

Monday, November 10, 2014

30 live edge tables

well, here's something i've been meaning to do for a while ... organize my claro walnut pieces into a slideshow. so, at this link you can see about 30 different tables, about 10 coffee tables, and a few other assorted desks, sideboards, headboards and a bench or two.  i've been working with this wood since 2008.  with most of the photos, there are links to blog posts about the projects with verbal descriptions and more in process photos.
 click any photo to start the slideshow ... click through them at about one per second if you like.
the links are in blue in the upper right hand corner

there are also two other relevant blog posts from march of 2013

you can see other public albums at this link by clicking the 'more' button at the top of the album page.
seriously, there are thousands of pictures from our 6 years of blogging there.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

sketchbooks, the essential tool

i've got a couple projects going on, and one of them is going to go on for a lot longer.  the 'cleaning the cellar in the shop' project i should be able to finish up in another 10 or 12 hours of effort, but the 'digitizing the sketchbooks project' will likely go on for another couple years.  so far i have scanned and saved the highlights to this album from three fairly recent ones. 
 you can scroll through the slideshow at this link.
this is maybe a third of it ...
i've been sketching sporadically since 1980 when i bought betty edwards' book 'drawing on the right side of the brain' to learn how to communicate with my clients.  while cleaning the cellar last sunday, i found a fresh box of sketchbooks, likely packed when we moved to dorset from arlington in 1996 containing some drawings from 1988.  the one above is sam's, and he would have been 5 and a half in january 88, the date of one of will's first drawings i found below in the same sketchbook.  will would have been 3 and a half then.  fun ...

i wish i could draw like that now .. i have written on this subject before, and i think it's an important one.  the hand often is a link to the subconscious.  we sometimes don't know what we will draw until we start, and every sketch is not a winner.  some are though, and it is hard to come up with them if you sit down with the intent to 'come up with something new'.  set that pen or pencil free .. see where it goes ..
click the photos to enlarge them ..

this series of sketches and photos below are just a few highlights from the slideshow

'trout desk'

'duck bed'

sometimes new ideas come from existing pieces.  the sideboard and mirror combo are from 1987.  the sketches below from a proposal for a client are from 1988.  

 i leave you with a couple more from sam from 1988 ..
yeah, real fun ...