Category Archives: February 2014

Furniture that multi-tasks?

A strange idea, perhaps, for furniture to multi-task, and yet the phrase seems so appropriate for several of our favorite stickwork pieces.

This artisan stickwork version of a Baker’s Rack can also work as an outdoor kitchen or as a potting bench in the garden.  Why not try it as an entertainment center?  The only limit is the imagination!

Another of our multi-tasking and multi-purpose pieces is the ladder shelf.  The popularity of this style of shelf in the past 10 years certainly bears evidence to its ability to fit so well in so many places.  These handy units can be used in the living room, the bathroom and on the deck!

Chair Gallery

A photo gallery of our chairs and stools

Valentine’s Day

Happy Birthday, Jeff!
Happy Birthday, Jeff!

There are a few special people in this world who have birthdays that fall on holidays.  Jeff is one of those people.  He is a Valentine’s Day baby.

It may be part of the reason that he wears red so well!  He jokes that when he was a kid, he thought it was pretty swell that all the kids at school celebrated his birthday by giving each other gifts.  Nothing like the whole class getting into your birthday.

Happy Birthday to Jeff and to any of our readers who also have Valentine’s Day birthdays!

Even Adults Want a Snow Day!

stickfortTaking a break from our daily grind and the demands of life is a very healthy thing to do.  For many adults, the activities they choose for a break are really quite adult.  However, some adults still like to play by doing the same things they enjoyed as kids.  Jeff had a great time building this “stick fort” next to our son’s snow fort.

Winter’s Work

Hand Made Boards Drying
Hand Made Boards Drying

One of the projects Jeff has through the winter months is to get as much material prepared as possible for the Spring and Summer months of creating our stickwork furniture.  One way this preparation happens is the cutting of lengths of tree trunks and branches into slabs, which resembles dimensional lumber, and rounds, which are slices across the tree parts that result in, well, rounds.

Blarney Table using rounds for tabletop
Blarney Table using rounds for tabletop

Slabs are often used in tables as horizontal surfaces and in chairs and benches for seats and backs.  They lend themselves well to showing off the grain of the wood from which they are made.

Adirondack Chair with leather accents, showing use of slabs and round
Adirondack Chair with leather accents, showing use of slabs and round

From time to time, Jeff will hand hew slabs from branches, but for the bulk of the slabs he makes, he cuts them with a ripping chain on his chainsaw.  Once the slabs are created, he then puts them into stacks, each slab layer separated from the others, called “stickering”, so that all the exposed surfaces of the slabs have optimum airflow to dry evenly.

Desk using slabs and rounds
Desk using slabs and rounds

When he prepares to use a specific slab, he will bring out the character of the slab using a draw knife or an adze – I guess that’s a topic for another post!