Friday, November 24, 2023

black friday sale!

 i hope you all had a good turkey day!
 it is now black friday so i have a few things to post here,
some pristine, some 'lightly used' and with negotiable price tags ...
this one just in the door on monday this week ...
this is a claro walnut slab desk i made for a show a few years back ...
it didn't sell and went to the local arts center where they used it as a reception desk,
with a price tag .. no luck there, and next it went to a local art gallery, also with a price tag,
but no luck there either .. the 40 or 50% commission for the galleries 
i think just made it too tough a sale.  so, i am currently offering it at a
'negotiable, commission free price'
 which due to its light use and my current reluctance to 
totally refinish the slab top i feel is quite reasonable ..
please call me at 802-379-1478 to discuss this piece.
here are a few more shots ..
it has a nice 24" pencil drawer and a secret compartment ...
a generous +/- 42" x 66" with a steel base by Sam.
available for viewing by appointment at the shop most any time now.
 click the photos to enlarge them

+/- 42 x 42 x 16 high

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

a rclaimed chestnut table with self storing leaves

this is another edition of our tables with self storing leaves 
we have made a few different styles using this concept.
above it is upside down with the runner guides shown 
and with the leaves stored under the top    
all in, ready to go ...right side up with the leaves in
it is now in stowe, vt with the walnut desk in the previous post
the cad drawing
in the shop with the leaves opened
there is another way to store the leaves that you can see
it is a simpler mechanism, but it depends on the top 'floating'
which is best accomplished on smaller tables
we have used both methods, but the one above,
while more complicated is better suited to larger tables ...

Friday, November 10, 2023

a live edge walnut desk

we started with this slab from good hope hardwoods that
the designer selected from their website.
here's the cad drawing
we went back and forth on the finish for a bit, but settled on 
a couple of coats of waterlox, which gave a nice matte finish.
the finished desk below

all in, all done .. i think it was installed by the designer yesterday

Friday, October 13, 2023

some live edge coffee tables from last august

 sam came back from a jobsite yesterday with some pictures 
of  two coffee tables we made last year, but never photographed 
on site because the house wasn't finished when we delivered them,
two big ones!
this one is claro walnut, about 4 and a half feet wide and 6' long ...
in the background there is a set of stairs that sam made the
steel parts for .. there is a two story piece of glass behind them ...
this one is about the same size with a tricky 'waterfall' end that 
kristian executed flawlessly  .. as i remember, 
the miter cut was over 60" wide ... some other photos of
the tables as we worked on them below ..
after it was cut and glued, the miter was reinforced 
with a piece of 2.5" angle iron
before the finish
the other end was supported by a sam made steel trapezoid base.
the claro walnut slab had some nice figure!
always nice to see things in their final homes

Thursday, September 28, 2023

a studio style dining table

 we got a request recently from a client that i made a cabinet for
'a million years ago' 
actually, it was sometime in the 90s ... 
natural cherry,milk paint and ebony details ...
the client has moved to a new, smaller space and wanted 
a smaller version of the table in the top photo,
which is actually our personal dining table ...
we made this table for a show in 1987, it didn't sell, and 
we moved it into our dining room, replacing a pine table that
i had actually built in the 70s, 
one of my first pieces of furniture back
when i was still a carpenter ...
+/- 36 x 62, black milk paint details, no top inlay
leaving for new jersey shortly

Saturday, September 23, 2023

the crow bar has landed

the crow bar has landed,
 and it is living down town now!
views of lots of building and some water ...
night view
view of the river
 day view

and the crow that started it all ...

great clients!

great fun!

good job Kristian!

Saturday, September 16, 2023

forms for some curved stone steps

well, here we are, trying to figure out if we know what we are doing ...
we have the information below ... 
click the pictures to enlarge them ...
 all we had to do is make some sense of it so that the rise 
starts at the desired final grade, the three rises are equal, and
the last step into the house is the same rise as some steps
that are already finalized about 30 feet to the left of these ...
the existing entryway slab slopes 2" from the door out 
which was another complicating computation ...

you may recognize the ceiling from this blog post 
back in february of 2022
and i thought the ceiling was tricky!
 it was, but so were the forms for the curved steps !
we started with a cad drawing more or less based on 
measurements from the blueprints and those taken on site .. 
at some point the offset for the stone facing on the risers was 
 changed from 4.5" to 1.5" ('thin stone' facings) and  
new drawings were made.


from the new drawings we decided that it would be a good idea
to make some full size masonite patterns showing the 1.75" overhanging
nose of the bluestone treads and the 1.5" offset for the stone facing.
you can see them in the top photo  ..  that gave us the 
inside radiuses for the wacky wood on the curved forms
and the tops and bottoms of the actual form pieces in green above ...  
algebra 201!
once the first form was in place and we confirmed the rise and run
with the set up/full size mockup in the first photowe were able 
to make the forms for the second and third pours below 

base for the riser and bluestone of the first step poured yesterday!

Monday, September 11, 2023

shop tour ... 2010

 well, blast from the past ...
i used to have a link to this video on the home page of my blog
but for the last few years it has linked to a 'page not found' ...
miraculously, it has somehow been restored though i have no idea how.
there it is, under the blog archive that, surprisingly- starts in 2007
up to almost a thousand posts now and over 2,000,000 page views ...
check it out!
use the link above as it will allow you to go to full screen
2010, it was a while ago ...

Monday, August 28, 2023

the crowbar !

long story coming here … 
I made the drawing below in 2010.
Somewhere I have a picture of the two crows I photographed 
in the snow in Burlington, VT. I had recently stumbled over the drawing a few days
before I got an email from a long time client who was looking for 
a ‘bar cabinet’ ... on a whim I sent him the 'crowbar' sketch …
The next day he sent me a picture of a crow on his balcony,
and he decided that ‘the word was out’!
We were on … click the pictures to enlarge them ...
next came the cad drawings 

after a few back and forths on the overall layout, 
we started to make up some sample panels
this was the first ‘real panel’ attempt … 
along with the clients, we were working with
 an interior designer, Ashli Mizell, who suggested smaller crows
 in the distance, and ‘softer mountains’.  she helpfully included 
some mountain images that we incorporated into the final design.

as we moved along, we made a full size mock-up 
and added our colored pencil crow cad drawings …
and then we started work on the crows …
there are between 40 and 50 individual pieces of ebony in each crow.
for the ebony, we were able to use 3” long fretboard cutoffs from Will’s
 stash which created feathers of slightly different colors that are 
easier to see in person than in the photos of the finished piece. 
the crow on the right is our version of clients' balcony crow.
kristian placed the ebony on a piece of mdf in a grid with
double sticky tape and cut the part for the crows from them
on the cnc ... it took about a dozen of will's variegated blocks 
and some other larger pieces of ebony to get all the pieces ...
we chose mahogany for the mountains, greenish poplar for 
the ‘fields’,and flaky quartersawn sycamore for the sky.
the three main woods are all slightly different thicknesses, which
create a bit of depth and gave us a place to add some black over
green painted borders.  that led to a discussion of what to use for the top
of the bar, and we chose some Vermont quarried verde antique with both
black and green colors inherent in the stone.  pretty stunning stuff!
all together now!
a couple more here ..
there are a few mirrors
a paneled back for the view from the balcony
an unfinished panel close up
there were a few files

i have a long time thing for crows, and often use them to
decorate my pottery ...
i'd also like to thank karen bonderchuk for her lovely book, 'a crow a day',
which i consulted as we got underway, and as we went along ...
crow anatomy consultant, though she didn't know it til now !
thanks karen!