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We are going to make a nice tile table

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I just finished prototype treasure chest #2, using up more of my wood shop scraps.

It has a heavy Richlite lid and a piano hinge

Perfect for storing gold bullion or underwear and socks.

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I painted this old medicine cabinet a while back. Photographer Andrea Reese captures it well in this picture of a girl getting ready for a party.

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Maple bookshelf with toys and viking painting

maple bookshelf with red marmoleum top

Not to be sappy, but the true joy in my work is when I see something I made being used and looking good in a friend’s house, with a piece of nice art hanging over it.

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This long apartment with windows at each end is in a building from the early 1800s. It hasn’t been staged for the photo shoot and the owner hasn’t finished moving in yet, but I was moved to capture some of the artistic decorating details that are already in place.

The fact that there are only windows on the ends, and the middle is dark might not be ideal, but the open plan allows a long view across the length of the apartment through the windowless center to the bright room on the other side. The simplicity of the unusually long space is nice.

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Jack White on Design

Dwell Magazine interviewed my favorite musician, Jack White, about his design inspirations, philosophy, and plans to get back into furniture and upholstery.  Here is the link. 

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John is working on this little cabinet to fill an abandoned chase in my cousin Lara’s kitchen.  She got the cabinet in exchange for a month or two of weekly cello lessons.   What a deal!

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At last this sculptural TV cabinet is in place and all the cords contained neatly in the base.

The seven variously sized compartments are designed to hold the cable box, remote controls, and perhaps a dvd or a few books. The two seams in the Paperstone top elegantly slice the pentagon into three pieces. The sturdy painted poplar blocks that form the support structure are staggered in and out. The deeper set blocks disappear into the blackness of the piece.

Thanks to Gabe of Semolina Designs for selling me the remnant and helping with fabrication of the Paperstone top.

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I’ll post photos of the finished kitchen next.

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While I was working on this piece, the Royal Wedding occurred in England.  Queen Elizabeth was praised by the press for the “timeless elegance” of her cheerful yellow suit and matching hat.  It is proper for a queen to be dignified yet approachable. Reading about the contrast between the queen’s attire and the more modern styles that were worn by other guests reminded me of the contrast between my two recent furniture projects. The yellow corner cabinet is cheerful and whimsical,  while the simple, black, angular lines of the TV cabinet  speak a different language.

It has been a complex design and assembly process, accommodating various components and cords, but it is almost finished.

One more coat of polish, and then we deliver and install.

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The tall cabinet is installed with a peg leg made from plumbing parts. It awaits the doors. Stay posted.

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Prototype #1 is finished with a bit of pyrography – a prehistoric winged creature.

Apologies to customers waiting for treasure chests, this one has become my toilet paper storage box.  As you can see there are many uses for such a chest.  Soon we will have prototype #2 underway.

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more photos of the bathroom 

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Sometimes, when working in the driveway, people stop by to check out the action. I think John is explaining the cabinet to our curious neighbor here. He now has all five boxes assembled and primed. Here are a few more pictures of the process. Even though these boxes are painted, the woven corners show through and add a nice detail. Stay tuned for the final product.

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