Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Part 15: "PopArch" Table: The Finished Piece

After painting the arch base black, and spraying a clear lacquer over the poplar and purple heart, the "PopArch" Table is complete.  It will be exhibited at Historic Yellow Springs near Valley Forge, PA, as part of a benefit and sale May 20-june 11, 2012, for the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA.

Part 14: "PopArch" Table: Hand Planing the Top

Before finishing the table, I'm tapering the underside of the top with hand planes, creating a beveled edge, visually reinforcing the cantilever of the top.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Part 13: "PopArch" Table Trial Fitting the Pieces

Part 12: "PopArch Table" Refining the Feet

I am cutting, trimming and drilling the stabilizing feet for the base of the table.  These are in walnut.

Jewelry Chests in the Works

With spring around the corner , I find new inspiration in the nature that surounds my studio in the Laurel Highlands. Currently I  am working on 3 jewelry cabinets that seem to have evolved much from this inspiration , and I await their finalization to showcase them...... Some of the most complex work  I will have completed to date.  Look for their debut in the near future.   On another note the studio is growing with the warm weather with skylight and roofed wood/machine storage  areas being added to the front and back. This should make life a little easier . So far the concrete and block retaining walls have been completed . The roof awaits, but at least the mud is no more. Here are two of the chests in various stages.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Part 11: "PopArch" Table: Building the Supports
Here I am crafting the pieces that support the table top and attach it to the laminated arch base.

Part 10: "PopArch" Table:  Refining the Base

For the past few days I've been uploading video segments of a project I completed several months ago for the Wharton Esherick Museum's benefit and sale, Poplar Culture, coming up May 20. I am currently working on some commissioned pieces for clients, as well as some exciting jewelry cases/sculptures, which I am really enjoying creating.

Part 9: "PopArch" Table:  Out of the Bag
The glued laminated table base is removed from the vacuum press bag.