Friday, December 18, 2009

Well here is the snow. Good day to split into that cherry.

This is a good way to get chair material because the split will follow the grain of the wood making for a really strong part.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I had this couple come by last week and wanted to see if I could build them a set of dinning room chairs out of some cherry logs they had cut on there property. This is a picture of the logs I am going to try and post as I make them so you can see a little of the process.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

This is a couple of cherry barstools I made recently.

Bottom has a woven hickory bark seat.
I cut the octagon legs free hand with a drawknife so as not to look machine made.
I think that we are so accustomed to the perfectly machined surfaces from the mass produced goods around us it’s nice to see something that has a little life left in it.

Friday, December 11, 2009

"The apparent

"perfection" of some machined operations has

trapped the craftsman into feeling that this is the

way it should be. There is no excuse for lazy or

shoddy work, hand or machine, but it is nice to

think that this table or this chair was made by

a human being."  JOHN BROWN

Monday, December 7, 2009

Here is a little carving in wild cherry.

Not sure what one would use it for but it would make a nice center piece for the table.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

One of the nice things about having a piece of furniture hand made for you and not buying it from a big box store is that you can have the dimensions adjusted to suit you. This is a chair I made with a seat height about 2” higher than normal to help with back and hip problems.

Red oak fan back price $300.00

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This is a large ladle I carved from wild cherry that was cut down from a clearing for a new house.

Again this is finished only with sharp tools. The curve in the bowl comes from a natural crook in the branch.

This makes it strong because the grain follows the shape.

Dimensions=16”long x3&1/2”

Price $65.00

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This is a bowl/tray I carved a while back.

It was made out of popular and finished with sharp tools only (no sandpaper).

My 2 kids thought it looked kind of like a snake and so it has 2 eyes.

Price $250.00