Sunday, July 23, 2017

a fireplace mantel ... with ducks




fun one here !! we made this mantel for a client's rustic retreat on 
a tributary of the mississippi river .... on the central flyway
the masonry was going to be finished before the mantel, so we sent a drawing to the
builder, which he and the mason executed flawlessly.  jon slid it right into place ..
it was commissioned by the folks we made this bed for in 2010,
one of our all time favorite projects .. lots of words and photos at that link .. 
 


we started with a mockup and full size drawing, mounted to the front outside wall of the shop


beautiful walnut from irion lumber (naturally), and trevor made some sample
pockets in mdf to fit the inlays into for the patinas.  there is a flush, no hardware, 'secret compartment'
on the right end that you open with a piece of steel that is attracted by some
rare earth magnets inlaid into the inside face of the drawer ... fun!!
all the ducks, with almost all their patinas on them

the central inlay on the bed headboard mentioned above ...
these two photos show how the inlays that are cut on a local waterjet
arrive for us to work with ... all the parts have little 'bridges' that keep the parts from flying around as they are cut.  those have to be sanded off before the pieces will fit together.
it's basically a high tech jigsaw puzzle
tah dah!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

a 74" round walnut table, with leaves

a 74" in diameter round table with 2 leaves ... the base is similar to the last racetrack 

here's tha cad drawing with gracious seating for 8 when closed and 12 when opened ...
as usual, we started with some matched walnut from our friends at irion lumber
 
myron said it 'would be close', and he wasn't kidding ...
gold star for trevor ....
coming along


we decided that since the base didn't expand we needed to add drop down legs 
for when the table is fully extended
we used some simple folding hardware from rockler
trevor, doing the testing ..



and with the leaves ... apologies for the photos .. the finish room was JAMMED,
and time was limited, and i was tired, and excuse, excuse, excuse .. 
i hope to get a good photo from the clients once it is in place on monday ...



Sunday, July 16, 2017

milton glaser

so, i came across this interview/blurb about milton glaser in a
recent issue of elle decor .. here's a link to the big online version
of the pages you see below .. though you can read the ones below 
if you enlarge them, the web thing is much better

the first page, above, is kind of an introduction if you are not 
familiar with his history or his work ..
the points highlighted with the orange lines in the pages above hit home for 
me as artistic statements .. my next stop was a visit to his excellent website ..
 excerpts are below  ..
don't miss the slideshow on the home page .. 


 and above are some highlights of his work ..

this is another in my series of articles on working vs. not working as you age ..so, born in 1929, 88, still working ... he is an inspiring guy ..
re: chuck close and paul simon and my artist friend, horst

 i am talking to myself, as i recently hit the big seven zero ... 
time marches on ...







Thursday, June 29, 2017

ART MANCHESTER !!!

a pop up gallery for the guild of vermont furniture makers
and the mettowee valley artists/makers opens this weekend in the 
former covey & nye store directly across from the equinox hotel in manchester vermont .. 
fridays, saturday and sunday, starting tomorrow, and through labor day weekend
click the photos to enlarge them
 a few of my pieces
  eric sprenger
 jim becker



lots to see there ... more photos and text to follow eventually .. 


Monday, June 19, 2017

a 'whitewashed' ash table for the beach house

we are about to ship this one to martha's vineyard, hopefully later this week ..
made it in time for the 4th!
it's kind of a big one, 40 x 126 and the design is based on the 
coincidentally, that one wlso went to martha's vineyard ... 



the main difference is the thinner, narrower top and the whitewash vs,
the natural ash finish on the table above.


satin finish steel base by sam in the metalshop
same finish on this ash entry way piece we made a few years back.

all done, ready to roll ...




Friday, June 16, 2017

new 'stuff for sale' page

on june 30th, the guild of vermont furnituremakers and several other artists from the metawee valley
will be opening a temporary gallery in the former covey & nye store across from the equinox hotel.  it's a beautiful space, and we'll be open friday, saturday and sunday through september 9th.
this 'pop up gallery' is sponsored by the southern vermont arts center, and will be promoted
by stratton magazine.  there will be lots to see, and while i will have a number of items'there, i have will have other items for sale, both in my shop in dorset,
and in another local art gallery, helmholz fine art about a mile away.

the slab at the top of this post is a piece of claro wlanut, about 36" wide at the 'hump' and
about 80" long ... the blue tape is at 60" ... can be trimmed to be more 'regular' ...
desk, small dining table, coffee table, headboard?  your choice ..

below is just a partial listing of other items ... stop in at either of the galleries, or call to visit my studio at 802-867-5541 most times, or
    802-867-0139 on nights and weekends ..
call or email for prices, and click the photos to enlarge them ...
this photo shows both sides of a pair of 12' live edge walnut boards
they are aboout 1.25" thick in the rough and can be cut to make a great
dining table, desk top, headboard, or coffee table .. 
your choice determines the price
this stunning piece of claro walnut is about 36" wide by 42" long .. 
it could be trimmed to suit, or finished as is into a coffee table or
center table .. temporary, mockup up base in the photo above.
this one will probably make it into the art manchester gallery, 
but maybe not in time for the opening ..
we've got several slabs of mildly spalted maple available for coffee
tables or to be glued up into desk or kitchen island tops.
for kiln dried live edge slabs with a little character, these are reasonably priced ..
they are finished in the photo with just a wash coat of shellac for color 
and will be more dramatic with a final sanding and finishing ..
 i also have this random piece of verde antique marble ... needs a little edge work, or can
be cut to suit first for whatever you need .. right now it is 20 x 66 x 1.125 thick ..
sweet little crotch walnut coffee table about 32 x 44 with four
'compass point' brass inlays .. nice grain, with a reclaimed chestnut base.
and then there is this 'david smith inspired' coffee table. 



view through the base

these two planks of red oak, along with a few walnut or cherry
butterflies will make a dramatic small dining table, 
any width up to 45" by any length up to 75" 
 
these two pieces are available at helmholz fine art in manchester.
the table above is /- 34-37 wide by 90 long
 close up of one end here
 and this claro walnut desk is there too ..
 +/- 44 x 70
this piece of reclaimed chestnut and steel was available until it sold at open studio.
it is now it is in its new home, under the bear painting .. couldn't have made it a better size 
even if i had know where it was going ...
more to come soon ...