Two in Mahogany, two in Walnut, one painted and an old one to help remember.
Here's my highly professional, draft filing system. I suppose I should consider and upgrade. But for now I'm looking at you "tub chair 8/15."
Form and shadow lines. It's amazing how a little paint can distill a piece.
Two more... I promise dining tables aren't the only things I build. But on the subject of tables, I'd like to say something (and be forewarned, this may skew a little cornball): they probably aren't the most expressive pieces of furniture from a design point of view, nor the most complicated form of construction, but I do believe they are likely the most important piece in a home. Think of all the people you've sat with at your table, the conversations, the laughs, tears, the lessons you were taught. It's the place that keeps bringing us together. And one made well will absorb the scratches and dents of life, it will hold on to those stories for years, even generations, to come. I guess this metaphor is maybe a little too easy, but I feel it every time I send one into the world. It is worth being aware of, and I believe they are worth getting right. I know it's not "save the world" stuff, but a good table wouldn't be a bad place to try to figure that out.
I honestly think it was easier to make this detail than to take a picture that sort of shows what's going on.
I probably could have made this easier on myself.
Tables, tables. I think I'll name this one, "The Riff From ZZ Top's 1983 Hit 'Sharp Dressed Man.'" Sound good?
The clients and I really explored a lot of territory before we landed on this relatively straight-forward base. There was the desire for curves and a bit more formality than some of my other tables, but also a subtly and restraint that wouldn't clutter the space with their chairs (stay tuned for those). I think we found a nice balance of structure and elegance, form and details.
Every single time the mortiser gets fired up "somebody" brings me a gift.
I just want everyone to know two things: 1) just how quickly oak oxidizes with the ol' vinegar+steel wool concoction and 2) what the top of my head looks like.
Surface off a hand plane and surface off a sander. See the difference?
I've been at a family reunion all week, but it's back to work today where these legs have my undivided attention.
The lumberman cometh. (And is more impressive in person.)
I have a bunch of work that's just waiting on a few little logistical things before I can jump in, so I figured I'd make something weird. I've seen something like this in cermamic and thought it'd be fun to try on the lathe. Anyone need a replacement head for their voodoo doll?
If you'd care to debate the aesthetic vision of this piece, there is an art history professor at a nearby institution who, I'm confident, will enlighten you. I've certainly been convinced.
If I carve one of these again in 2022, then I'll have a nice streak of one ball-in-claw every 4 years. Yes, it is for a project. And yes, there is only one. 🤔
Doing a sample for a handful of spindles I'll be replacing in a sweet old staircase. The barley twist may not be the hippest look on the block, but they are a lot of fun to make. (And can you spot my loyal guard dog?)
One set up to make them all! Had to make a whole mess of these guys - some call them buttons - for some tables and thought I'd show this clever set up I picked up from the great LP: dado stack on the left, shim (so the teeth don't bite into the side of the larger blade), standard blade.
They may not all be masterpieces, but they can still be done right.
I realized I never posted a complete shot of this one from a couple weeks ago. It was fun to work with a client who really pushed me to explore a new design language. They wanted the form of a Japanese altar table, but not something that looked like an antique. I love challenges like that.