The parents wanted a toy box that would stay with their young son even after parted from the family home as an adult. The base joinery gave this box a solid foundation with the parts locking together.
The box is built with cherry, ash and cedar for the bottoms and includes a hidden compartment. Finish is hand rubbed tung oil. The top is supported with friction lid stays.
When I was asked if I could make some stump stools, I did not know what they were. After checking on-line I thought I had to do better than what I saw. These stools were given a lighter appearance and a touch of refinement by adding these delicately shaped legs. It also makes the stools a bit more stable. The main body is from a salvaged ash log and the legs are also ash.
This cabinet could be a storyboard of life - plants & fruit, little creatures, insects, birds and spirit.
Projecting and floating from the tulip like base is a simple box. One that tells a story which will be different for each person that ponders the carvings. The cabinet is built from salvaged butternut. It stands 42" tall, 18"w x 12"D. The base is 9" tall. The finish is a seal coat of shellac, stain and hand rubbed tung oil.
This cabinet is being built with locally salvaged butternut, a close relative of walnut. The door will be carved with the carving flowing onto the top and sides. See the full size sketch hanging on the cabinet. Stay tuned.
Together they become oxymoron, a table that delights, but it's not for everyone!
This table is an interplay between live edge slabs and traditional furniture construction. The drawer box is suspended between the two languages. The left live edge slab is scotch elm. That piece of wood had been hanging the shop for years before the inspiration came. Everything else is american elm except for the drawer front which is curly ash salvaged from a neighbours stove wood pile. (29"h x 24"w x 18.5"d)
The owner initially wanted this antique oak table converted to a coffee table(top left). With a little thought we were able to make it a convertable table that can be either a coffee table or a dining table by removing the modified main post section. The machined hardware does the job beautifully and solidly; just thread the top and removable post on or off.
Once in awhile a furniture maker gets asked to build a piece of furniture where there is a special challenge. This is one where our friend wanted a place to put small belongings as they come and go from their house; just simple open shelving with cubbie like divisions, places to put mittens, hat, dog collars, dog treats, books to go and so on. Taken literally a simple shelf unit would not do justice to the the entryway where it would be located. This interpretation led to a cabinet that helps to bring little joy while serving its primary purpose.
Custom desk: carcase and top are red oak, drawer fronts, bases and panels are elm, handles are padauk. Drawers run on hardwood rails with a piston fit in the pedestal boxes. The top is finished with hand rubbed polyurethane and the remainder is tung oil. The top's live edge and the figured elm panels help bring the warmth of nature's art into the profession environment.