Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Product Line

Many years ago i was sitting on the front porch at a friends house. As was the custom at times, his mom came out and sat with us. While we talked i noticed that there were screw sticking out all over her rocker. They looked like they had been placed in a rush. When i asked her what happened, she said something to the effect that she had been waiting for it to be repaired for a long time and when it finally happened this is what she got.

She's married to a train engineer, who builds wood cabinetry and the like as a hobby, from his back yard.

What i learned from that was, I wanted to make sure that if i "did" something, or had a certain skill, that my family got priority.

Well, unfortunately I just remembered that self promise. My wife has wanted these cabinets for a while, and since i needed to experiment with a new product, i asked her about helping me design them.

So here they are. She chose the pattern on the sides. They turned out really nice. Now only if i could have been making some really big cabinets, and done tons of carvings.

Maybe i can find a cabinet customer who is interested in putting some of this type of cabinet in say, a kids room?

Image these from the floor, as book shelves, with symetrical designs cut in all the vertical boards.

Ahh, Paris!

A Nail Salon commissioned this work. We had a heck of a time getting it working correctly. It was a lesson in patience.

It was a new concept to me when the painter said "Where do you want your name?" i thought, i can put my name on this? "Its your work, right?"

Darn tootn' it is!

early days

So my wife was looking thru the pictures we have stored on the computer and found a bunch of pictures of things i made "in the beginning" when i was still just fiddling around. I figured that since there aren't a ton that i would just post them all.

This is absolutely the "First" door i did. I went to my friend the cabinet maker and asked him for a "throw away" door.

I carved this rose pattern into it, and showed it to him. When i brought it to show him he said "Looks like i need to get you more doors to cut" and we became business partners. I later filled the carving in with wall putty. It can be dyed to fit whatever color. I just used plain old white.

Pied Piper?

This is the full shot of something we posted before. The cabinets are REALLY Big because the coke machine they were going to get was allot larger. After the cabinet were made, they changed to this smaller one.

First Gift?

Some of the other things I tried out:

This one, and the next one are the front and back of the same door. On this side the design is "sticking out".

On this side the design is "Cut in"

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

mantle-start to finish

A) Everything starts somewhere. This is where it starts. Line art is a common starting place for our designs.
B) This "Displacement map" is a map for the machine to know where to lift up or drop down.
C) The Computer gives us a rendering of the product that the machine will do and...
D) This is a closeup of the design.

This mantle is going in a new home. The contractor hasn't stained it as of this posting, but as soon as it is I will be out to take pictures of it in place. Its about 8 ft. across.

A closeup of the design.