I am a visual artist and woodworker creating functional and character filled furniture and accessories using the many techniques I have accumulated over the years. I received my BFA in 1998 and have since done fine art, finish carpentry, cabinet installation, and faux finishing. I have been doing original furniture design and custom woodwork since 2010.
My goal and purpose is to combine these elements and skills to make functional beautiful furniture that is inviting as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Custom order Live Edge Juniper Bench and Live Edge Redwood table with Juniper Legging.

Making butterfly joints for a driftwood plank bench!

So, I have never done this traditional oriental joining technique before, having said that, I also decided to go my own way and combine elements from Tibetan and Japanese joints. The Tibetan joint, which I have seen employed on antique prayer tables is more of an s shape, rather than this h shape I have decided to go with. The Japanese version is basically opposing v shapes, this seemed stronger than both to me, as it is a double sided pull, and the right angle will provide plenty of wood to glue contact, as well as joining across the grain from the Osage Orange which I am making the butterflies out of, to these really well weathered planks of driftwood doug fir, which I am assuming were part of a dock at some point, judging by the markings.

The initial slots were made on my mitre saw, then finished out with my Japanese flush cut saw.

Next, I drilled along the line to remove excess material. I then went in with a chisel and hammer to get the surface close to square.

Almost there!

I then go back in with the flush cut saw to remove most of the irregularities.

After a bit of filing, looking pretty good!

Repeating the process on the other side!

All 5 are now notched out, but will require a bit of fine tuning tomorrow when I can run saws and sanders without the neighbors calling the 5 0 on me.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Live Edge bike Racks in Walnut, Spalted Maple and Maple with Upcycled Spoke Gear Hooks. $95.00. Free Shipping!

A new set of four new racks with my new spoke gear hooks idea. These racks are fun to make and have been increasingly more popular. They still have not caught on here in Portland, but are gaining momentum in NYC and SF. Works for me!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Live Edge Spalted Maple Bike Racks with Upcycled Gear Spoke Hooks. $95.00. Free Shipping

Three racks in this run, they are 16 wide, 12 deep, and 4 and a quarter high. Two spoke gear hooks per rack mounted on the back bar. They are set up to mount on a 16 inch stud center layout.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Upcycled Sugar Pine and Driftwood Red Alder Coffee Table. $275.00

New coffee table with faux finish accents, 22.5 x36x17, I did a custom orange stain on the top slab of sugar pine, followed with a glaze of burnt umber and ivory black. The legging is all from one long piece of driftwood red alder, which I added a subtle purple glaze to on the exposed wood areas.