Good Wood Hunting!

Looking for the perfect piece, searching for the perfect piece…

Finding the right wood, whether looking through a dumpster, a wood pile, or some freshly sliced timber — knowing what you are looking at is an art.

Identifying the species, age, growth pattern —  is it Dry? Cured? Kilned? Is it an “Old Growth” tree or Urban Forested?

 

 

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Juniper From Jerome

 

Three main ways I get wood.

ONE

Urban forested: These are yard trees cut down or blown down, which are milled into useable slabs. Usually has one or both live edges.

 

Mesquite-slabs

An Entire Mesquite tree from Sun City

Slabs of Cedar

Himalayan Cedar

Walnut For Barrio Gran Reserva

 

Assorted woods and wood shopping.

TWO

Urban Foraged: Wood found in dumpsters, ally ways, or curbside.

With all the remodels in historic neighborhoods If you are careful you can find some real “Old growth” treasures.

Dumpster score with Miss Bane in Coronado.

In short I use many methods to get the woods I use, but I want them all to be as beautiful and sustainable as possible. Knowing what is useful, what is not, what is firewood, what will not burn.

This entire show was found wood.

THREE

Reclaimed: Found in yards, or online purchased, maybe even from a “barn wood store”

This wood is usually old, either a demolished building, or someone was storing it for quite some time.

Green Goddess house of herbs was all reclaimed wood from a Bar in New River.

 

Old growth Fir “found”

 

Kitchen and bridge in Ghent, NY made of wood found on site.

 

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NY_Rhinebeck Pilates

Spring is a wonderful time in NY, the weather warms up, the flowers bloom…and stuff gets built.

Rhinebeck is an adorable hamlet on the Hudson river about an hour and a half north of the city, it features colonial and gothic architecture, cute, bustling shops and an amazing Pilates studio.

I had the privilege of building the front desk for said amazing studio, in this charmed hamlet. It started with locally sourced, spalted Maple that was beautifully figured and had dark lines of “spalting”. Then, I added some birch Plywood to match the existing furniture. The final step was creating a “charging station” where students could leave their cell phones, while escaping into the Pilates peace of mind.

 

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Building Bridges!

Building Bridges from Phoenix to Brooklyn to Ghent.

In early spring I was Given an opportunity to travel to NYC, no real plans of what to do how to do it. So I packed  some clothes, a few tools and a couple of journals and headed out. This is a long story so I will break it up into a few Blog post, Kinda Tarantino it up a little. So first up will be Ghent, I spent a month working on a small 1840’s farm house where I would Build a bridge, work on a bathroom and try and find a few commissions. It was a large property with a 1840’s farm house, 7 or so out buildings and a stream through the west side. Which brings us to part one…

The Bridge.

The farm was the site of an old water powered saw mill, for the turbine powered mill they had build a sluice way, this created a fork in the stream, which created an “island” that would need a bridge. Using wood left over from when the saw mill was torn down, some found steel water pipes and some new steel I set off to build a bridge. The inspiration was from many places but, mostly a bridge crossing the Hudson near Kinderhook,NY.

Stream and a pile of wood.

Inspiration from Kinderhook,NY

Stream and Matthews studio

Building a bridge on dry land.

The stream and one piece at a time.

The Bridge is set.

Next in the series will be the farm, The Greater Hudson Museum of antiquated Farm equipment at Ghent, Why T is the man, and Industrial Craftsman Furniture East, also Known as Joe’s Garage.