Last semester I tackled wood from as many points of view as possible. I made a wave-shaped bed form using an ArborTech grinder, I made some thin bent kinetic straps, a cradle that rocked diagonally, a creature head from a basswood log, and finally, this chair. I’d been tempting myself toward furniture for some time, and had yet to make a real leap into sculpting or owning a piece, and this was it. In about three weeks, I went from log to finished upper-half of a chair (for class it wasn’t to have any legs), and am very proud of the results. The joints are still strong and tight now, months later, and once I get a chance to build stretchers into the legs it’ll be out in public and usable once again. Check out some photos below. Continue reading →
So last year I went with MassArt to Virginia to take part in a collaborative project between said school, the Virginia Military Institute, and the Timber Framer’s Guild. And this year we did it again. Most students, more cadets, and more fun. The students designed the structure for a Habitat for Humanity community that was being built not far from where we all stayed and worked, on the Mullen’s property in Rockbridge County. It’s always a treat to do these projects, a real escape from life into something idyllic and workmanlike, and this was no exception. Check out some photos below.
This is a crowning achievement of the past year. I’ve been interested in woodworking for a long time, and tried my hand at various furniture endeavors in the past. I took Joinery last year and was hooked. And the Poland and New Hampshire projects only encouraged my fascination with puzzling together pieces of wood to create structure and form. My practical interests overcoming the potential artistic ones, I decided to embark on one of the bigger woodworking projects I’ve done yet… Continue reading →
Yes, I took a Food & Art class this past semester. While I have mixed feelings about its value for me at the time I took the course, its final gave me a chance to exercise some urges I’d been having to make something relevant, powerful, and aggressive. Continue reading →