Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Inspiration of Wood : first of two posts

The Inspiration of Wood

      This furniture project was brought to me with complete creative freedom. A rare situation to say the least and valuable to me in that it reminds me what I consider important in design.
      Creating a visual melody using line and form. Restraining and planning that use to accentuate the nature of the wood and complement the function of the furniture.

       The body of this end table is black walnut and the top and shelf are quarter sawn red oak. The drawer sides which are dovetailed into the front are composed of strips of poplar and honey locust and were laminated into a wave pattern. Adding some fun to the piece are to hidden compartments. The larger of the two is hidden behind the main drawer and is accessed by pulling on an attached rod when the main drawer is removed. The other is hidden beneath the shelf and slides in and out of place on rails.

Monday, January 16, 2017

10,000 Years in the Making

This project was brought to me along with this story:
On a property near Mantua , Ohio a man had started harvesting peat from a bog. While doing so he had unearthed logs he knew were something special. This was soon confirmed by a neighbor of his. This neighbor also had a peat bog on his property which he also was harvesting and had also found logs in. However, this neighbor had decided to take a sample of one log to nearby Kent State University to get carbon dated. Turns out it is from a Tamarack tree and it was dated at 10,000 years old. So by association he assumed his logs must be roughly the same age as his neighbor's.
        He decided to mill up his logs and begin making furniture from from them. He was an older gentleman and he passed on before completing all the furniture he had started.
         My client , as a friend of this man's family aquired some pieces of this unfinished furniture, which many

years later made there way to my hands.
          This was an interesting project to say the least. The challenge was to work the pieces so as to take advantage of the existing forms ; completing and accentuating them , while also showcasing the character and color of this ancient material.
           To contrast and highlight the Tamarack I used a highly figured quartersawn red oak for the table tops. The finish is clear urethane so as not to hide any of the fantastic natural colors.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hovering Bookcase

The appeal of these shelves (and the formidable challenge in constructing them) is how their significant mass seems to hover on the wall. Also, a pleasing detail is the way the edge on the top two shelves copy the angle of the wall opening.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Grandfather Custom Design

This grandfather clock case was designed and constructed to accomodate an antique Irish clock piece. It is an all cherry case with curly cherry panels. The moldings and finial are custom designed and made. The side glass panels are removable for any future adjustments to the clock.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

From Log to Spoon

A customer brought me a log from a crabapple tree they had cut down on their property. They wanted some special items made from it to remember the tree. After a period of air drying the wood I set to work making a number of utensils. I let the feel of the hand guide the development of the form. The colors and markings in the wood really made for some wonderful pieces.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mission Inspired Custom Cherry Set

This custom built set of two end tables and a coffee  table was designed using Mission style elements. Strong geometry, elegant arches and eye catching pattern combine beautifully with the warm rich tone of the cherry wood. Details such as the bevel cut edging and the handcut dovetail joinery in the end table drawers reveal the craftsmanship devoted to these pieces.