I’ve always wanted to design/build a cotton webbing piece, so when I was inspired by Viking ships (while impatiently waiting for my favorite show, The Vikings, to return) I made this piece. ‘Arvid’ is my first made-to-order piece in my Etsy/Chairish shops & I’m currently building a pickled ash twin to this piece… I hope to make a whole Viking-inspired series of furniture :)
On a side note… didn’t know wether to list this piece as a stool or a bench… I think of benches as being longer, but when I think stool, I see footrest… oh, well, lol *where’s my coffee*
Saying that I LOVE this table would be a HUGE understatement! It makes me smile every time I glance at it while sittin’ in my favorite comfy chair… it is my woodporn! The design came about simply cuz I needed a side table to butt up against a living room wall so that my big chair could be angled towards the TV. I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous 1,000 year-old river-reclaimed cypress scraps that were leftover from a project at my day job as a woodworker & the beautiful walnut came from my favorite lumber yard, AdvantageLumber.com‘s Sarasota Location. Tell ’em Toni sent ya when you visit! ;)
Playing with the sticks for the top was a blast! The grain patterns in this piece are just stunning & the river reclaimed cypress has such a warm glow to it! The top was easy enough to make, just biscuit joining & glueing up MANY sticks, but so very time-consuming. The straight aprons were super easy being as they were just mortise and tenon joints, but the oblique half lap joints of the angled apron took a bit more tweaking. I just played around with angles on the bandsaw until I got it just right, or got very lucky, lol! I also tapered the legs on the bandsaw, which was super fast. Um, what else went into constructing this piece? Oh, the shelf! That added a good couple days to the build considering glue up time & chiseling the tenons (two glued & one loose on the acute side of the triangle), but totally worth it. I slathered on some lacquer & that was about it. Time to put my feet up in my favorite chair & stare at my little table! ;D
I recently had the pleasure of workin’ with the Advantage Lumber video crew for their brand new ‘Artisans by AdvantageLumber.com’ YouTube series. *Subscribe to their channel* They documented me designing & making a table from start to finish using gorgeous lumber from their Sarasota, FL location. The top, aprons, and drawer faces of said console table are made from Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) & the legs are made from Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba). These exotic hardwoods were somewhat difficult to work with in terms of density, but the results are worth it! I finished the Tigerwood with Tung oil & the Jatoba got a wet sanding with Danish Oil, resulting in a silky smooth feel. Here’s an after shot of the piece I created for the video…
I just finished this Saturnesque Inlaid Live Edge Walnut Console Table! I wish I had a space for it, but since I am quickly on my way to becoming a Furniture hoarder, part with it I must! I Want to keep it, in part, because it was such a blast to work on! I had the walnut slab top in my shop for months, knowing I wanted to inlay some type of planetary design since the grain pattern looked so orbital. I came up with a Saturnesque design made out of green malachite, turquoise, and magnesite. The twin mortise & tenon joints were especially cool to chisel and the splined miter joints came out really well! Now, if I could just find a wood-loving, sci-if geek like me to buy it, lol!! ;D
Speaking of which, here’s a link if you are that one-in-a-million buyer! Here’s a link to this piece in my Chairish Shop!
Ahhhhh! It feels so good to finish a piece that’s taken a while! I usually try to whip through furniture, but on this piece, I had to wait on inlay materials, which was excruciating for me, lol! Anyways, here she is, a stunning live edge curly maple & walnut bench (or coffee table)… I call it, “Within”, my conceptual take on the beauty that lies within nature. The chrysocolla inlay came out particularly well & I love how the legs take on different shapes depending on where you’re viewing the piece from! Hope it finds a home soon so that I’m not tempted to keep her!! ;)
This piece is up for sale in my Chairish Shop at this link
Just finished this live edge ash wood side table that I’m calling, “Splitting Giants”… looks like a hobbit commissioned it for the Shire, hehe! It definitely has whimsy to it, which I really enjoy incorporating into the furniture that I build. Who says Fine Furniture has to be serious?! I like the designs I create to be emotive, to come alive in a space! Hope this piece speaks to someone! It has been approved by Chairish curators & will be up for sale on Chairish.com within 2 business days! Link to piece —> here! ;D
Welcome to my first ever Wood Lover Wenesday! Each Wednesday I’ll be featuring some wood species info & pics in order to learn my woods & swap photos with fellow wood lovers! Feel free to share a link to your favorite wood of the week pic!
Learnin’ –> Walnut has a dense (janka – 1010), tight-grained timber which makes it perfect for furniture, turned carvings, and lutherie + it’s burls are prized for making incredibly beautiful veneers. Walnut can range in color from creamy white in the sapwood to dark chocolate in the heartwood. Walnut is purplish-brown when air-dryed compared to a dull brown when kiln-dried, both of which are stunning in this wood-lover’s eyes!
Here’s a shot of the walnut top of the Fine Furniture table seen here that I recently built. I LOVE how you can easily see how the tree was sliced and even where branches were growing out from the trunk!!
I’ve always enjoyed designing furniture… I LOVE the whole design process, from gathering inspiration to bringing a concept to fruition! Before this week though, I had only been able to doodle my designs since I didn’t have the know-how to build my wooden creations. Thanks to my time at Franklin Street School of Woodworking in Tampa and the expert tutelage of Kate Swann, the world of Fine Furniture Building has been opened up to me. I designed, selected lumber, jointed, planed, ripped, chopped, and formed said lumber into the table that would start my Fine Furniture building career! My time at Franklin Street went by in a flash since I was enjoying myself soooooooo much! Do I love Furniture Refinishing? Of course, I do! But, it seems like a natural progression for me to finally build all the designs that have only lived on paper up until now. So, without further ado, here is the first table that I not only designed, but was able to BUILD out of walnut & quartersawn sycamore!!!! Hope you like it! :D
For this table concept, that will start a series of work for me, I tried to show emotion (in this case, impatience) and movement with leg placement. Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for future furniture designs up for sale! What emotion would YOU like me to convey in furniture form?!
As a dive into the amazing world of Fine Woodworking under the expert tutelage of Kate Swann & Franklin Street Fine Woodwork, I find myself so eager to fulfill my dreams of becoming a Furniture Designer/Fine Furniture Maker, that I’m pushing myself to be perfect right out the gate… I have to be continually reminded that it’s not a race, it’s not a contest, then I allow myself to slow down and enjoy the process… at that moment that I can see that the turning of a raw piece of lumber into a square slab of wooden perfection is incredibly rewarding. I have always been a wood lover & now through this amazing process of taking lumber through the jointer, planer, chop saw, and table saw, it seems that wood now loves me back! The grain patterns that emerge through this process conceptually mesh with the furniture design in my head, planets align, and my soul is lit on fire… time stands still and speeds up at the same time as I realize that I could (someday, with a ton of practice), actually be good at this thing that I’ve wanted to do all my life! Now if I could just turn this passion into a career, that would be bliss! :)))
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius