Our assignment for the remainder of my first semester studying fine woodworking was to create a piece comprised of drawers and doors that utilized hand cut dovetailed joints for the construction of the work.
I wanted to design a functional art piece that had rhythm and motion as well as utilize unordinary pulls to open the drawers and doors.
For the front of the piece I interpreted guitar lines from the jazz guitar solo on Four on Six by my favorite player Wes Montgomery.
The hand dovetailed carcass and internal drawers were made from beautiful ribbon mahogany with the drawer and door fronts being routed and hand shaped out of 2" thick mahogany.
One of the other features of the piece was hand smithing the base for the cabinet to rest on.
Growing up I learned a ton watching and helping my Uncle Rudy, a metal worker, lover of blacksmithing and overall important person in my life. Although I sadly never have time to create in the medium of blacksmithing I love and appreciate the craft of shaping dangerously red hot metal into malleable forms.
Reflecting back on the piece:
I really love the pairing of wood and metal and wish I had more time to explore designs around that combination. (someday!)
The piece will always remind me of my grandpop. He was a sweet, kind, gentle, happy and humble man. I remember how proud he was of what I created. Sadly he passed away a short time after creating it but I'm glad that he got to see the first piece of furniture I ever made.
second semester :
fine woodworking II
desk for Andrew
walnut exterior/ maple interior/ bubinga top/ ebonized ash legs with natural ash wedges
The second semester of fine woodworking focused on joinery and techniques used in furniture construction.
I grew up loving an antique roll top desk I had and wanted to create my own version of a desk with a top that slid into the back when in use.
I designed a pod type body that had both a traditional and futuristic feel.
I learned about trestle style joinery/construction and felt it would work the best for my design. The angled wedges are driven into a mortise on the cross members of the desk provided a very solid joint.
Another benefit of using this type of joint was it could be easily disassembled for transportation as at the time I had a small sports car that wouldn't fit into otherwise.
This piece is dedicated to my cousin Andrew who tragically passed away way too young at 19 when I was creating the work.
Andrew had been and will always continue to be an inspiration in my life as I pursue my dreams, my way.
I really didn't know much about wood turning until enrolling in the class. I was fortunate that my teacher Mark was a pioneer in furthering contemporary concepts in the craft. I really enjoy the process of creating on the lathe. Although simple in theory by shaping a piece of wood that is rapidly spinning it challenges the artisan to design and bring their own unique ideas to the craft .
I do not have all of my turned work from this semester but I enjoyed a lot of experimenting. I turned a lot of decorative bowls and especially loved creating transparent air brushed sunburst effects on them as seen above on my first semester drawers/doors piece as well as below.
to view the inspired and dedicated works of my teacher Mark check out :