Rose & Sons
Keeping up with my blog entries isn’t something that comes naturally to me. I have to make an effort and put aside time to keep this current.
On that note, weeks ago I finished installing all the table tops, counter top and shelves at the newly opened Rose and Sons.
After talking it over with Anthony, we decided to build everything out of solid riftsawn White Oak. All the woodwork is finished with a rich chocolate colour. Since the picture below, we have installed adjoining ‘U’-shaped shelves around the upper walls, adjacent to and opposite the bar. The place looks great and it’s always packed with people loving the amazing comfort food. Congratulations Anthony.
Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers
Received this book as a gift a few months ago and thought I would share it.
Beautiful concept to shoot homes of midcentury designers and builders using only natural light and only those homes that are still being lived in by their owners or kept in their original state. Photographs are fantastic and very revealing. A glimpse into the personal spaces of some of the most inspiring designers. J.B. Blunk’s cabin is one of my favourites.
We helped with the finishing and assembly so it can be shipped to New York for photos and media exposure. Bon voyage.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with Bradley Denton during the summer, designing and building a set of reclaimed White Oak tables for a gorgeous boathouse on Lake Simcoe.
The coffee table is quite big but works well in the large, open space. The side tables are a simple frame design, topped with marble.
Side Table Construction
I was commissioned to make this side table by a client. Here it is in pieces ready to be glued-up. Ash is a very strong wood quite similar to Oak and it stains well.
Here it is fitted together, glued and clamped. Tomorrow it will be stained black and finished. The top is attached with screws. Simple, strong and beautiful.
City Home - Into The Woods
Toronto Life’s 2012 City Home issue is out and I am included as one of the experts interviewed. I’d like to thank Ariel Brewster and Sean J. Sprague for coming by the studio to see what we do here. The article - Into The Woods - features some of the work I do and the invaluable people and businesses that help make it happen.
I have been working - but mostly not working - on finishing this guitar I started building almost 10 years ago. There was little to do and I finally got it finished.
It is based mostly on a 1920’s Gibson L-0 but has some major differences - bracing pattern, materials, bindings, purfling, etc. It has a Western Red Cedar top, Mahogany back and sides and Ebony fretboard. It sounds great - very bright and lots of volume. So happy to finally have it finished and playable.