The New Brand Arrives!!!

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Here is my new wood brand. Thanks to Dave Petrides of Heavy Industry for his wonderful work and excellent service.

Thank You Furniture Society

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I would like to say a BIG thank you to the Furniture Society for awarding me a very generous grant under their Educational Grant Program for my one week course coming up at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. I am very much looking forward to spending the week there under the watchful eye of  Seth Roland and will post my experiences when I get back.

Reclaimed Fir Coffee Table – The Finished Product

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This very large modern coffee table is made from reclaimed fir T&G factory flooring and aluminium. I have used aluminium bar for the ends of the floating tongue as accents that tie into the 1/4″ aluminium base. The whole thing is 53″ x 26″ x 13″  with a 3″ slab top and sits on heavy duty 1/4″ thick felt pads to protect the floors.

I have just added the photos of the finished table to my ‘Furniture‘ gallery.

Back to Kurva

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Coming out of 2013 and into the New Year made me realize that I feel I have strayed from my original path, so to speak. Yes I am still using local or at least North American woods and yes I only use (unless circumstances dictate otherwise) environmentally friendly low VOC finishes and glues, and all this goes on while working around kids school and activity timetable. What is it that has slipped you may ask? The fact is that everything   …read more

Out of Square at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking

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Really excited that I have just signed up to do the 5 day course at Port Townsend School of Woodworking in the spring. It is with the amazing Seth Roland and should really push me to explore further the world of steam bent forms as well as some very complex bent lamination designs.

Watch this space in early May for the results of the program.

Lee Valley Presentation

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Thanks to the folks at Lee Valley Victoria for inviting me to come and talk on design the other night. I had lots of fun and look forward to working with them in the future.

Material Combinations in Design

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Following on from my recent post ‘Designing with Steel‘ here is another great article from Houzz that deals with mixing materials in architecture. The same ideas can be used in all forms of design, especially furniture, where both metal and concrete can be blended with wood to produce some very striking and beautiful piece.


Design Workshop: Wonderful Material Marriages

Kitchen designs, bathroom designs, and more ∨From Shabby Chic …read more

More on Metal

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As I am in the process of building my metal and fir coffee table and also working out the details for a metal and wood poker table (more on that later) I have been doing a fair amount of research into the use of metal in modern design.

While there are a lot of great sites out there, one jumped out at me as being very useful as they have great photos of the different finishes possible on a range of   …read more

Designing with Steel

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I truly love the combination of wood and metal, especially steel and aluminium. This can be seen in much of my designs, for example the ‘Kurva Chair‘, the ‘Elements Series‘ bench and also my upcoming and as yet unnamed coffee table.

This article published on the Houzz site really highlights the benefits of steel and all forms of design.   …read more

A Modern Reclaimed Fir Coffee Table

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I have always admired furniture made from big heavy pieces of reclaimed lumber. I am particularly drawn to  pieces that look clean and modern rather than rustic.

The wood for this new piece came from a salvage yard on Vancouver Island. It is heavy fir,  possibly from an old cannery or mill on the island.  The wood is 3 1/2”  thick, and has been  grooved to take a 1″ thick floating tongue.   The base of the table will be an   …read more

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