Creating furniture for businesses, and other large items, has been my predominant activity this past year, with
the largest work being a boardroom table measuring 15 by 5 feet (4.6 by 1.5 metres) and weighing 650 kg, made
from a single figured maple tree. Needless to say that moving that beast up to the 9th floor of a Vancouver
Downtown building was a challenge of its own!
I strive to look at the minutest of details and design and build each piece of furniture with the entire room
in mind. The boardroom projection screen / white board, credenza and boardroom table shown below are examples
of a family of furniture with harmonious integration of different woods, stone and glass.
CHAIRS AND COFFEE TABLES
My biggest challenge this past year was to make a dozen chairs based on a sample of a single 40 year old chair.
This is a truly beautiful and comfortable chair but requires extremely difficult joinery to construct. The result
was my own "Feverfew" chair in walnut and leather upholstery.
The "Cherry" Coffee table below may look simple but had its challenges too. The layer below the glass is live edge,
natural walnut. To achieve this look with the narrow strip, I sliced the trunk into many strips along the grain
to remove material and then glued it backt together, matching the multiple grain layers. The purpose was to match
other furniture in the client's house and achieve a well balanced design.
CURVES AND GARDEN FURNITURE
These elegant three "Ulmo" benches have a big secret: the curved backs. The benches had to follow exact radii
so they could be placed in concentric circles around the fire pit, as determined by the customer. Laminations
are generally easy, but these inclined backs are three dimensional curves which made the project almost
impossible. Simple, clean lines are often a lot harder to achieve than more involved and "loaded" designs.
NOTES FROM THE STUDIO
I often get asked what I do with all my left over wood and scraps. You may have read in
my website that my chickens get the shavings; the sawdust is mixed with grass and leaves
and turned into compost where my pumpkins and beans grow...
The larger pieces are incorporated into art: my wooden quilts. Here is a sample, approximately 50 by 50 cm.
As you can see, nothing gets wasted!