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January 02nd, 2017

The Toledo library commissioned this case to display an antique model ship. To match the paneling in the room in the Children's section of the Main branch we chose walnut plywood and solid walnut. Because of it's large size this piece had to be constructed in sections and assembled on site. After the case was in place we had contractors install the tempered glass. 



December 19th, 2016

Here's a desk I made several years ago for a customer. It is designed to fit the Frank Lloyd Wright look  of this Prairie Style home.

The desk is made of cherry wood vaneers with a MDF cores. It was constructed in several pieces to facilitate installing it in a tight spot.

The vaneered surfaces are edged with solid cherry



December 05th, 2016

This is a rocking chair I made back in the '80s while I was a student at the Wendell Castle Workshop in Rochester, NY.. I designed it so that I could play my banjo while sitting on it so that is why it has no arms. I used the bent lamination technique to form all the curved parts. The back slats are cherry and the rockers are white oak. Originally it had a handmade rag rug seat. It has been reupholstered with leather. My son owns it now and it's held up very well!



October 20th, 2016

Here is a 60" hall table with a natrual edge that I just completed. The top is white oak. The base and legs are made of walnut. The idea of the shape came from a wheelwright's workbench in Williamsburg, Virginia.

 



December 27th, 2015

Here is the finished Wenge headboard. I started with a sheet of Wenge plywood. I routed grooves for some maple inlay.  I put 3/8th inch maple plugs at the intersections of the inlays. I banded the plywood with solid walnut. It has a hand rubbed finish and hangs on the wall with a French cleat.



March 15th, 2015

I have all inlay completed for the wenge headboard I am currently working on. To do the inlay I used  1/8th maple strips and 3/8 th inch maple plugs.  The inlay technique wasn't hard but it was time consuming. There were 72 pieces of string inlay and 72 maple plugs.  Still waiting for the walnut to trim the edges.

 



February 06th, 2015

Just received copies of the new bluegrass cd we've been working on the past few months. We are very pleased with the results. "Souvenirs" features Jim, Kevin & Donna Thompson and myself.  We are selling the CDs for$10 each. Please let me know if you would like one. 



November 29th, 2014

Here are the cherry bookshelves that were mentioned in the last post. As you can see, they are now complete. The customer is pleased to have 48 feet of storage for books and artwork. 



November 01st, 2014

I have some cherry  wood  bookshelves  under construction.  They are 7ft tall by  8 ft wide.  Since they were . too big to make in one piece we made them in three sections.  The faceframes overlap so they will look like one unit. To tie the units together I made a plinth and a top molding.  The cabinets were constructed using biscuit joinery and pocket hole screws for strength and ease of consruction.  There will  be adjustable shelves. The unit will be finished with 4 coats of polyurethane.  Although meant to be free standing they will be tiied to the wall for stability. Pictures of the finished products to come...



July 06th, 2014

The Blue Hat Coffee Shop in Coldwater Michigan is now open. Here are some photos of the tables and shelving that I have been working on the past few weeks.  All of the walnut and maple in the tables was harvested from the trees on the Blue Hat property. 



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