Little anniversary box on it’s way. A good combo gets better with age.
I’ve had a couple of rather not-too-interesting small projects going on, but have a fun demilune and companion mirror frame coming up. I will sometimes freehand the ellipse for a demilune or I will use a “flexible aspect ratio” compass construction (I have that video way back in my feed), but found this construction and liked it for these projects (I did make a tiny tweak for the demilune though, 🤫). These sorts of constructions are super-cool to me and it’s pretty amazing to think of someone sitting around and just figuring it out. Clearly must have happened before Instagram was invented.
Jatoba + cane = 👌👌
Until it was done I wasn’t 100% sure it was going to work out.
#tbt to the Burk Bed.
It’s easy to focus on the design and making of furniture on the Instagram format, but arguably the most crucial piece of it all is the clients who appreciate and invest in this work. I really believe furniture to be a personal thing; it is always in the background in our homes, the silent supporting cast to our intimate lives. It’s almost hard not to develop a relationship with that table you eat at every day or the bed you fall asleep in at night. So I take it seriously when someone asks me to build something for their home. I want to get it right, on every level. And one important way to do that - at least in my work - is to get to know the people who will be living with it. So my process typically involves a lot of communication. I want to get to know my clients and their tastes to make sure I come up with something that not only fits into their home, but also, hopefully, speaks to them on some personal level. (Which is in part why there is so much variety in the work I put out.) And usually by the time I’m delivering the work I feel like I’m handing it off to a friend, someone for whom I hope my work brings years of quiet enjoyment. I’ve been lucky to have so many amazing clients. Thank you. R.I.P. Mr. Burk.
Incomplete. But close.
Another coat or two of finish, but I couldn’t resist taking a look with the glass. This table (and these clients’ other pieces) fall dead center into my favorite sort of work: I’m given some parameters and a general direction, but there is a lot of freedom and trust within that. It’s what custom work is to me; not changing the wood or dimensions of some piece I’ve already made (though I’m more than happy to do that) but working with the client to create something original, just for them.
I haven’t done one of these in a while (the stop motion that is, I’ve never made a table like this) - as evidenced by the slowly falling camera. This table has been super fun, just a couple things left. Then on to its partner (similar, but entirely different).
Bit of a theme going on at the moment.
Furniture-grade turner, I be.
I can’t express how important my sister has been for my career (and that of course pales compared to her role in my life in all other ways, but that’s beyond words). I’ve put a lot of time into learning this stuff, and I feel there is an endless road of improvement ahead. But to show that to people takes a whole other skill that I just don’t have. So thank god for Annemie T.: the best photographer and big sister/bestie. a boy could ask for. Check her out @megapixie and if you ever look at my site, she’s the reason it doesn’t look like a dimly lit hovel. And I’ll be uploading more photos there soon.
Dot. Line. Dot. Dot. Line. Dot.
Forms and texture in Sunday light.
Despite how it typically feels, progress can be made.
The gentleman who commissioned these stools wanted curly maple seats (he also didn’t wanted the turned stretchers), so before going to my usual lumber sources I reached out to Timm @hidden.quarry.artisans. He’s sort of a legend in the world of building anything, but he also mills some pretty exceptional stuff and was generous enough to sell me the curliest maple I’ve just about ever seen from his personal stash. Thank you Timm! Check him out. And does anyone else find it just about impossible to photograph furniture with your phone? Nothing ever looks the way it actually does. The perspective is always weird and either the details are lost or the form is (usually both). Where is the app that works for 3D objects?
#tbt I nearly knocked a finished stool off my bench today and it reminded me of this guy. I build this demilune back at #nbssboston and right after I rubbed out one of the last coats of shellac, I flipped it right-side-up on a it up on a table, turned around to get something, and heard a horrible crash. The slate top wasn’t in, but it landed directly on its back corner, denting the wood rim and that brass corner bead that runs around that edge. A bit of terror, but nothing broke (✊) and I got it all smoothed out. Then it sold a couple weeks later at Craft Boston. So maybe there is some luck to be found in tragedy. 🤔 Lots of learning with this table, but apparently I still need to learn to watch out around pieces with high potential energy.
I like to leave the marks I used during construction on my work - where it isn’t easily seen, of course. I, a human, chose each of these pieces for a reason and paired them with each chair (in this case) for a reason, and I feel like this sort of gives evidence of that. I guess that’s why I also like to sign my name - rather than stamp or brand it; each piece is personal, anything other than my signature would seem out of place. For better or for worse, I’m responsible for all of this.
Companionship metaphor. (But I’m the taller one in real life.)
Check out their album release show this weekend (standing room only).