Widgets and joints……

Today, medicine  Jon and I spent some time back in the photo studio setting up for a new widget on the site.

It would be nice to let you see a 360 degree view of the furniture, so we started with a table that has a quilted Makore top....  this wood is unique in that the grain pattern shifts before your eyes as you move.

A rotating table was placed on the chroma key mat and the table was centered on it.

setup As the table was rotated slowly,  a series of shots were taken.    Once complete, the new widget comes into play....(of course, there had to be some magical hand waving by Jon)  and we get this makore table   The image can be rotated, much in the same way as a panorama but inward looking at the object.

We are kind of pleased how this turned out.  We hope you are as well.

The title of this posting did include a mention of  joints though...  The chairs currently in the shop are having the backs and arm assemblies fit to them.    The tapered finger joint between the arm and curved back is kind of tricky to get just right.   One side of the joint is cut with the back saw and the edge is transferred to the mating piece...after the mate is  hand cut the back assembly is glued up.  The completed part is then rough shaped on the bandsaw in preparation for spoke-shaving to its final form.   Its gratifying to see how the joint looks fresh out of the saw....



Looks pretty good...next, making shavings.....



I should be in the shop

Yes, I should.

But, before I continue, I have to thank Jon Ball, owner of Diskdaddy.com for helping me with all of the intricacies of setting up my new web presence.  Hopefully,  I will be able to take the time to post new ideas here,  or show you the progress of what I am currently working on.

I am currently working on a set of four Lingeround chairs for a dining room.  I am doing this work as sets of four of every piece that goes into the chair.  This makes it easier for me to set up for each joint , since every one of them is at a different angle due to the curvature of the chairs.

Here is a picture of the parts in progress:


I'll take each set of these in turn and pre-fit them into the chair base in a jig before I carve the back and arms.

With that said, I'll head back out to the shop.  Work to do.

Welcome, glad you stopped by

It’s true one has to start somewhere…  in my case however, it's more like I started years ago, but just realized it recently.   I spend a large portion on my working life in the high tech industry.   It's lots of fun, but....besides building transitory things on computers, there's something satisfying in building things with your hands...heck I rarely even draw a picture of the 'thing' on a computer first.  A sketch on a piece of paper is much faster 🙂

I like to build things...  Furniture.  Cabinetry, Hardwood floor inlays..., I have also built a plane (the flying kind) , rebuilt houses...you get the picture.   Not really enough time to do everything.


The Workshop

Over the years,  people would look at my work and ask...'So, do you do this for a living?'

I stare back at them and say  "No...."  and the little voice in my head says "Why not?". ...  good question.

I like to think of this as my web experiment.  Will people REALLY buy something from me here?  Time will tell.

Take a moment and browse through my gallery...I'm pretty proud of the pieces in there.  Maybe something will catch your eye too.  (And then... contact me.  I would be happy to make something for you )