June 29, 2011
We’re settling in in NY. The moving truck finally arrived with all the tools and templates, meaning I can get to work designing and producing new work (rather than just enjoying the summer weather and all Brooklyn’s beer gardens).
In the meantime, the photos above are of three pieces fresh off the moving truck that definitely won’t fit in our apartment. They also give you a feel for some of the street-scape on our new block. They are all for sale. Contact me for pricing.
March 24, 2011
November 9, 2010
Serious cooks need serious work space. This narrow, counter-height piece expands prep space greatly without obstructing key paths of travel. The red-brown surface is solid Sepetir, an Indonesian hardwood. Sounds glamourous, but the species is widely used as flooring for semi-truck trailers, which is where the scraps used here served their first tour of duty. The steel base is designed with a high support. and a wide stance for stability and enough clearance for stools from all angles. The simple oil and wax finish is completely food safe.
October 29, 2010
October 7, 2010
This street vendor inspired, collapsible table is just the right size to carry under one arm, so you can scoop up your merchandise with the other. 32×32 and 28 tall, made of salvaged, wide-plank douglass fir with just the right amount of wear. To see the Pop-Up Table in person peak underneath the merchandise at Big Things pop-up events.
October 1, 2010
Salvaged straight grain douglas fir roof sheathing becomes a handsome coffee table with a natural finish. On sale now at the Martingale Pop-Up Store in the Mission.
August 6, 2010
Good timing is always a welcome thing. In this case, friends inquired about the feasibility of an affordable kitchen island with a chopping block top just days after I caught someone trying to throw away a chunk of old oak countertop. They said perfect. I said let’s do this.
I added the drop leaf, expanding the work surface from 2′x3′ to 2′x4′ on demand, in order to use the entire slab of old countertop. It’s extra tall because my friends are too. A food-safe mineral oil and beeswax blend, brings the oak to life without giving it that dated varnished oak sheen. We kept it open underneath to acommodate stools and expand the social potential of their small apartment when the cooking is complete.
A tight budget can go a long way when the timing is right.
July 24, 2010
This is probably my first successful design. I hacked it together in my back yard in San Francisco with just a skill saw seven years ago. All the components were salvaged off job sites of my construction job at the time.
The rectangular legs are douglas fir. The connective tissue is cherry. Lindseed oil and wax finish.
June 27, 2010
This little table embodies my low waste aspirations. My projects are all born of salvage, but this piece represents the scrap of that salvage. The humble material creates an immediately interesting surface. Each 3×3 block carries a unique shade, scar or stain from a previous life, and each is oriented so that the direction of the grain opposes its neighbor to maximize interest. The 18″ cubic dimensions mirror the blocky beginnings, and represent a simple proof that raw materials rarely deserve the fate of the landfill.
June 19, 2010
Claro walnut slabs don’t come cheap… so we picked a poorly milled end cut with a nasty taper, and two large knot holes. The price was right, but I really didn’t know what I was going to do with it. Eventually I saw the 12″ x 20″ area that would top an end table nicely, then I realized the taper of the slab would make an appropriate leg profile. Soon after, I had a small end table and just two small chunks left over.
I started to layout my next project, when I was drawn back to the walnut. I realized I could squeak three legs and a small top out of the scraps. Soon after, I had two small end tables and zero scraps. Mission accomplished.