Monday, July 27, 2015

wood and metal furniture and summer in vermont

 not much blogging this month  .. it is summertime in vermont and there are lots and lots of 
distractions.  you've got your birthdays early in the month ... dan, sam, and will .. wow! 68 for me this year.  at my birthday dinner, i had a distinct and extremely lucky 'pop the champagne cork event'.  we were outside, and when i popped it. the cork went straight up about 8 feet and came, seriously, right back down into my outstretched hand .. didn't even have to move to catch it ... for other distractions you've got your golf, your tennis, your horseshoes and general beer drinking, your convertible rides, your live music here and there .... summer's short in vermont, so we try to make the most of it .. we have been working though .. below are some highlights ... 
click the photos to see them better ...
 here's the rundown
a reclaimed oak bethlehem steel coffee table .. left tuesday ..
ditto on the cherry and steel huntboard



leaving next week
and a couple of crotch walnut bedside tables coming along ...
a small claro walnut and steel coffee table out the door ..
some new belt buckles by sam
chalkin' up the states .. sam's just finished new jersey, michigan, virginia,and new york above,
and will has updated his website with his five latest banjo projects ... lots and lots happening in his shop.
check it out on his website or instagram feed

a steel base for a 3m acrylic table top .. can't wait to see that when it's finished

with the polish and clear coat
and a couple of steel and white oak nesting tables .. after
before
and a 'sap spout maple' bethlehem steel console
cool wood ...
parts and pieces
a couple of add on railings to get folks down the steps in north bennington ... 
 

and we have a nibbler for a conference table using the crotch mahogany 
slab we are trying to find a home for .. so we made a model ..



it'll be sharp .. hope it goes through ...
steel base in 3 x 3 square tubing and angle iron
finished the bar ... see the previous post ..
 and there's a cool project coming up involving a python snake skin ... a new one for us ..

and we've got a 10' walnut table going with self storing leaves..
should be ready for the finish process early next week
and we cut about 70 mdf stair balusters on the cnc for an architect friend who's building a house in florida
  and then you have your yard and garden ... crazy apples above ..
 the garlic is in .. bumper crop ...
and we're about to be buried by everything else that kit grows ...


the employees will be lockin their car doors once it all starts coming in ..
                                                   all for now .. i'm sure that's enough 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

the bar project


this project has been quietly going in the background for a couple of months now.  the scope of work was to add a frig, dishwasher, sink, wiring and plumbing to the existing bar, and try to make some sense of the blank back wall behind it.
the main part with the flaky paint is old.  actually, probably really old.  all really rough boards on the inside, hand cut  nails and rough construction, mounted on a new, raised up sub base that was added on site by the previous owner/original builder of the house.
what to do, what to do?  kind of a jumbled up space.
and what do we do back here?
ok, as usual, we got out the cardboard.
 and then change our initial concept after a site consultation about the cardboard with the clients ..
 
pick some wood and some details,
and have at it.  this is where we are as of this weekend .. the back bar part needs a little more refining and some moldings and then a nice rich stain and finish, as well as some bronzy, 'new antique' arch top mirrors and lights.  it's gonna be cool when it all comes together.

on the main bar, we first chopped out the existing base and decided where stuff should go ..


made a plan




got some plumbing and wiring in place with the constructive and creative help of gsk climate control and tyler electric.
it weren't easy ...

but all's well that ends well. appliance installation by brook valley appliances of manchester, vermont on thursday, and once we finish the back cabinets and get them in place, we'll be good to go
 it was not our first bar rodeo.  here and below is one from 2004 at a house at stratton mountain.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

news from the metal shop

sam's been busy in the metal shop since open studio ... he's done several steel bases for our designer friend jennifer palumbo in boston, working in conjunction with her local upholsterers, who judging from the
photos, are really good at what they do.  click the photos to enlarge them. .....
essentially, they are 'platforms' to support the upholstery .. this one in two pieces as it was quite large.
welded and painted

for the same project, a steel bench base

a custom bench base
with our 'dark bronze' finish
ta dah !!  cool piece !!


and a garden arch in painted steel ..

                                                      some grouse belt buckles ..
and always wear your 'vermonter' belt buckle when you are touring with your college golf team ...
some nice hammered steel shaker pulls

i think this is called a california balcony, but i've also heard it called a 'juliet' balcony.  
sam did a couple of these for the same builder a few years back. second floor french doors.
and a bronze finish steel and reclaimed oak console ...this piece was a big hit at open studio
interesting project here for the wood fired grill at the famous
south londonderry bistro, solo - farm & table

and we're hoping to get the metal lathe finally up and running this week
a custom house sign holder
and the final piece of a large house/railing project he started last year about this time.  the house is now finished inside and the landscaping is underway.


he's about to make a bench base to go with this table base he made for another furniture maker
to put under  a bosnian pear wood top

the cad drawings for both
he's currently working on a pair of steel based nesting tables for one our favorite interior design clients, jennifer palumbo in newton, mass .. these shoulod be finished up this week.
with some 1/4trd white oak tops ...
and he recently finished 10 of these bag racks for our local country club driving range.  i need to
take a picture next time i'm there ...
and the pool table below was finally delivered and set up last week .. my compliments and deep appreciation to thomas grimaldi pool tables of farmingdale, new york for handling the set up out on the end of long island.  i hear the house is quite amazing, and i look forward to seeing photos of the finished room.
it was a fun project ...

and the fish are biting ...