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).
Heart pine and oxidized oak. Warm and cool. Soft and angular. Uhh, Bill and Ted. Excellent.
Real time glue up, with wedges. And remember, the key to success is to wobble your head around a lot.
All (64) mortises flared for wedges. Not my favorite thing to do, but an important part of the finished piece.
New personal record: 10 chairs in the van. It’s all in the upholsterer’s hands now. (To which patron saint should I pray to guide his staple gun?)
More sanding and finishing today. This was before that started and I was by myself in the shop getting a little stir crazy. But it is fun to see how shapes interact.
Have y’all seen the end of “The Chairs”? Freaks me out every time.
It really hasn’t been until the crest rail joinery was done (so I could lop off that large reference on the front of the posts) and the crest rail was glued in (so I could wind the fronts and backs into of the posts to meet the sweep of the crest rail) that the lines of these chairs have fully revealed themselves - now I just need to do it 7 more times. Any guesses as to which of the tables I built last year that these are pairing with?
Been exploring in Santa Fe for a few days. Amazing landscapes, architecture, and art. Could have spent all day in this gallery with #gustavebaumann - beautiful examples of what else wood can do.