October 1, 2011
December 12, 2010
My bad habits are again on display. Despite an expanding demand for my own designs, I still have a hard time keeping other peoples’ castoffs out of the back of my truck. Chairs especially. My original intention with this group was to fit them with a some sleek new shaped hardwood seats and backs, that was before I saw the work of Josh Duthie at Chairtastic. Instead I decided to try my hand at a bit of upholstery and weaving to fit them with seats closer to their originals. Opening my doors to the world of textiles may prove to be a pandora’s box.
The first is an original, cast aluminum, Shaw Walker made in Michigan. After that is a steel chair by Hamilton Cosco of Indiana. Both have all fully functioning swivel action and posture adjustments. The low-back wooden chair I believe may be a genuine Shaker piece. I fit it with a traditional woven rush seat. It has a tiny brand near the top of one of the front legs reading ‘stw’. The last chair I can’t put any specifics on besides that it received the most awesome upholstery to compensate for its ambiguity.
September 15, 2010
Maybe you too have noticed that the best shops are choosing the pour-over, drip brewing method to showcase their best beans. The Double Dripper allows you to bring this premier brewing method home with you. In fact, it allows two friends at a time to craft their perfect cup. Adjust the height to fit your favorite cup, or a carafe to serve a crowd.
Each base is unique, made from the salvaged cut-offs of wide-plank hardwood. White oak is exampled above, but I’m on the look-out for nice scraps of just about any material for future production runs. As for the other components: You may recognize the ring supports from the chemistry lab. The hand blown glass cones are by Hario of Japan.
July 30, 2010
Again, I’m picking things up off the street. I wasn’t sure what these wood and acrylic sandwiches were when I first saw them. When I realized they were light fixtures I knew I was carrying them home.
I walked and inspected. I was excited to see that they were solid walnut and made in San Francisco by the Kustom Lighting and Manufacturing. I haven’t been able to find any information on the (former?) company, but I think they would be pleased with my restoration. I disassembled them completely, refinished the walnut panels and replaced the acrylic lenses. They were designed as sconces, but the previous owner had them set up as lamps with cords and cork feet. The cord is easily removable, so they will work great either way.
July 14, 2010
I have a bad habit of picking things up of the street. The entertainment center in the second picture caught my eye, well, because it was big and I thought it might have some good wood in it. It did: just a bunch of 3/4″ ply with maple veneer, the type of stuff we use all the time to slap together utilitarian stuff at the shop like shelves or cabinets for tools. But the chunk of refuse also appealed to my sentiments. It was handmade and inscribed, “To Mom, From Michael, ’85″.
Apparently Mom was done with it, but I appreciated the details that Michael had hidden behind the lower doors; he used handsome pulls on the two small drawers and outfitted it with dividers for LPs. Naturally, I dragged it to the shop. The upper portion was just bulk, so I lopped that off. I reduced the depth of the bottom cabinet so I could repurpose one of the side panels as a new top surface with a bit of overhang. I continued hacking and eliminated the toe kick, which I replaced with some new legs. Lastly I removed the doors to reveal Michael’s original details.
A couple more tweaks, a bit of graffiti removal, a light sand and a bit of stain and wax yielded a funky little phonograph console. Any vinyl lover and appreciator of retro will dig the results. Maybe I’ll put it back on the curb, to see if Mom will appreciate her son’s work after the makeover.