Fresh off the Truck

June 29, 2011

We’re settling in in NY.  The moving truck finally arrived with all the tools and templates,  meaning I can get to work designing and producing new work (rather than just enjoying the summer weather and all Brooklyn’s beer gardens).

In the meantime, the photos above are of three pieces fresh off the moving truck that definitely won’t fit in our apartment.  They also give you a feel for some of the street-scape on our new block.  They are all for sale.  Contact me for pricing.


Weathered Table and Benches

January 17, 2011

I came across a batch of perfectly weathered redwood decking, and immediately got to work on some new ideas for patio furniture.  Here you see the first pieces to come to fruition.  Both the benches and the table are left unfinished to showcase the years of work the wind and rain did on the wood, sculpting a gentle topography into its grain.

I’m looking forward to incorporating this outstanding material into new designs as well as letting it breath it’s life into some of my existing concepts.  Contact me if you’d like to bring some of it’s history and charm into your home or garden.

20th and Alabama Table

December 31, 2010

This pile-o-junk was so neatly stacked, and so close to my shop I had to explore further.  I found 7 equal-length planks with all the nails already removed.  The downside: they were caked in black tar roofing membrane.  I loaded them up anyway.

After months of considering the best way to remove the black stuff, I decided it would be better to embrace it.  After scraping, smearing and smoothing the tar to my liking, I coated the planks with an exterior clear coat.  The result is an indoor-outdoor piece with a unique blackened finish… and a story.

Backyard Table v2

October 23, 2010

I was shopping for fir, but after one pass through the planer it was clear I had  mistakenly come home with redwood. It was hard to be disappointed.  In fact, I was inspired enough that I decided to push back the start of the fir commission.

I wanted to keep the two beautiful old planks as close to their original state as possible. Dividing them each with a 2/3, 1/3 cut yielded a nice 3’x6′ table top–plenty of room for the whole family to gather around.  From there I let weather resistance guide me: Water will find the easiest way to the ground, off surfaces and between the spaced members, minimizing its effect on the already naturally weather resistant redwood.  The bright green detailing channeled my desire to add a bit of excitement to the piece, and serves to seal the end grain for even better outdoor performance.

backyard table

May 21, 2010

The multicolored fence boards that come together in this  piece were stacked on a quiet street corner on the walk between my apartment and shop.  Even though my workspace is already brimming scavenged objects forever waiting to be incorporated into projects, I couldn’t just pass by.  The best I could do was to start designing that same night:

The redwood 1×6 was meant for the backyard, and that’s where I wanted it to stay.   The slatted trestle design allows water to drain through the table, to avoid the pooling that speeds rot.  The repetitively spaced elements make for a light yet strong construction.  Unlike that old picnic table that was built in the backyard and is forever trapped because it won’t fit out the door, the backyard table collapses easily.  Six bolts connect the top to the leg assemblies.  The are all the same and the wing nuts twist on and off without need for tools.  Like the rest of the fasteners in the table, the nuts and bolts are all stainless steel to for weather resistance.  On top of that the redwood is finished with Sikkens premium exterior clear coat.

Pi Benches

May 1, 2010

Hewn from a single redwood slab, these benches could have been conceived in an era long past.  Thanks to their heft and redwood’s natural rot resistance, they will certainly support sitters generations into the future.