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.
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
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
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
An important stage in the design process is working an idea. This is a stage that I sometimes find frustrating because I look forward to getting on with creating the physical piece. As I become more proficient at using Sketchup, I am able to really work a design in 3D, a very useful tool.
In my current project I have the material for the top of the coffee table already picked out and I know the size I want to make …read more
Just got back from talking to my daughter’s Grade 5 class on simple mechanics in the workshop. Of course it didn’t quite go as planned but everyone had fun none the less!! Its so great to see the young kids really getting into this, craft is so important.
Thanks to the folks at Canadian Woodworking for including my Kurva Chair in their latest issue. See the whole article athttps://www.canadianwoodworking.com/community/canadian-made-seating
I have just redesigned the seat for my Kurva Chair. The original one was too thin and while it was very strong, it did not make the user very happy sitting on it!! Now at 15 layers of veneer in just under 1/4″ and a different shape it is perfect.
A few weeks ago I finished a wall hung shelf unit that I made for a client who wanted some CD storage. I chose ‘Natural’ Maple, which is Eastern Maple that has heavy mineral staining through it. I first used this wood for the trestle on the Spalted Maple Bench I made a few months ago and really liked the look. Eastern Maple is also very nice to work with.
The corners are spline mitered and the shelves are …read more
As some of you may have probably read, one of my first Blog posts was about a set of Small Japanese Boxes that I was making back in October last year. Well I became irritated with how they were progressing and had to move on to another larger project and, as is often the way, they were shelved behind piles of wood and dust! Well, after my last bench was finished I was cleaning up …read more