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Inspired by the Adirondacks

It is probably pretty clear to anyone taking a look at our furniture pieces that we love the Adirondack-style of furniture.  Rustic, yet with refinements.  Cozy, but not too soft.  Natural, yet with a clear design.

This article has some beautiful pictures of Adirondack-style furniture and furnishings.  Take a close look at the stair railing!

An Adirondack-Inspired Guest Suite

Arts in the Park, Bucyrus

What a beautiful day!  If we had placed an order for the weather, it would have looked just like it did Saturday.

Stick-a-Rondack and Antlered Coffee Table
Stick-a-Rondack and Antlered Coffee Table

Sunshine and temperatures that were so comfortable, it was almost shocking!

Although it was the first year for this event, the coordinators were brilliant to choose the day – the same day as the Graffiti Cruise Car Show, which is a well-established event, having run for the past 25 years.

The vendors had awesome wares – hand made baskets, jewelry and pottery, as well as home decor and even hand crafted brooms!

boothshotbucyrus1.2We loved meeting people and sharing Jeff’s talent for making this stickwork furniture.   We heard several comments from people that they had never seen anything like this style of artisan furniture before.

Book Case
Book Case

The all-sticks version of the Stick-a-Rondack found it’s way to a new home in a garden surrounded by purple coneflowers… I think it will have a wonderful life!

Bye, Bye Chair!
Bye, Bye Chair!

 

 

We had quite a few great matches of tic-tac-toe on our board, with one match lasting the better part of 30 minutes!  I think the kids were having fun!

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We were glad to have been a part of the first ever Arts in the Park in Bucyrus -and look forward to seeing the event grow over the years!

Going Rustic

I was recently reading a blog article at www.lpostrustics.com, where the statement was made, “As our world gets more and more complex, many look to a quiet retreat reminiscent of a simpler time.” I think that is very true.  What we are seeing is people finding their way back to rustic decor, some of whom are using it in new ways.

Whether it is live edge slabs of wood being combined with more modern elements such as ironwork structures or a marriage of rustic natural wood married to painted surfaces, rustic accents are finding their way into homes where they’ve never been used before.

Live Edge Table with Aluminum Frame
Live Edge Table with Aluminum Frame

What is behind the shift?  One reason, I believe, is that there are more and more people interested in living simply. For many, that means a reconnection with nature, and bringing more nature into their everyday lives.  What better way to bring more nature into your everyday life than to incorporate all varieties of rustic furnishings into your home?

Stickwork furniture fits into this growing niche market.  The natural materials, and the very organic design of our artisan furniture brings the essence of nature into a room.  This can be accomplished through decorating an entire room with rustic furniture, or by bringing in elements to a room such as with a console table, a coffee table or a whimsical piece of home decor.

Birdhouse Plant Stand
Birdhouse Plant Stand

What are your favorite rustic elements to add to a room’s decor?

How Do I Protect My Stickwork Furniture?

There are certainly a wide array of products available on the market these days for giving your handcrafted stickwork furniture a protective coating.  Today I want to share with you the product we favor: Helmsman Spar Urethane by Minwax.  We love this product as it gives an excellent protection and it is readily available to most people.  It also comes in Gloss, Semi-Gloss and Satin finishes giving us a wide range of sheens for our artisan furniture.  Of course our focus for the product started with outdoor funiture, but I have to share that we have used it multiple times on furniture intended for indoor use, and I love the finish inside as well!

Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane
Minwax Helmsman
Spar Urethane

We often give the horizontal surfaces of our handcrafted furniture several coats of Helmsman before making them available for sale. These surfaces are the most vulnerable to standing water and UV damage which can lead to issues.  We then instruct our customers that the pieces will benefit from additional applications in the following years as a matter of maintenance.  Obviously, outdoor furniture will require more maintenance than indoor pieces.

Jeff applying Helmsman to a      Stick-a-rondack chair
Jeff applying Helmsman to a
Stick-a-rondack chair

Taking a look at the Helmsman website (http://bit.ly/1oXXAzS), it is really easy to see why we favor this product so much:

Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane is specially formulated as a protective clear finish for exterior or interior wood exposed to sunlight, water, or temperature changes.

  • Contains UV blockers to reduce the sun’s graying and fading effects.
  • Forms a protective barrier against rain and moisture.
  • Special oils allow the finish to expand and contract with the wood as seasons and temperatures change.
  • Ideal for use on doors, windows, trim, bathroom cabinets, bar tops, kitchen countertops, outdoor furniture.

Here’s a sample of our Stickwork furniture to which we have given several coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane…

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Coming Events: Arts in the Park, Bucyrus, Ohio

To kick off our 2014 show season, we have been juried into the Arts in the Park show in Bucyrus, taking place Saturday, June 14, 2014. The show will be in conjunction with the Graffitis Cruse 23 Classic Car Show.  We are very excited to be part of this new show!  Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss out, as this is only about 5 weeks away!

Stickwork Plant Stand
Stickwork Plant Stand

The event is being held at Mural Park in downtown Bucyrus. For 23 years the Graffiti Cruse 23 Classic Car Show Car has been a well attended event, and has been in the top 10 list of Cruisin’ Times magazine for the past 5 years.

Garden Art Chair
Garden Art Chair

Hosted by the Crawford County Arts Council, the Arts in the Park event promises to be a delightful addition to the weekend.

The Arts in the Park show hours are 10am to 8 pm. We will have many pieces of Stickwork Furniture as well as home decor items and garden art.  Come see us, enjoy all the artists in the park and the car show!

Inspiring!

After spending time with my family this past weekend doing chores together and then enjoying a hike together in the woods, I started thinking about what inspires me.

Nature is certainly inspiring to me! During freeform3.1our hike, I spotted an interesting display of wild grapevines. The way the vines come out of the ground and reach for the sunlight is exactly the kind of scene that prompted several pieces I have made.

The Garden Art Chair has some wild grapevines on it. These elements take stickwork in an interesting direction as the vines have so much more curvature to them than typically found in sticks from trees. I like it!

Wooing Bench
Wooing Bench

The Wooing Bench was probably the first piece of stickwork furniture that I made that really incorporated the natural materials with very little alteration. The arched pieces used in the back of this bench were roots that had worked their way to the surface of the ground as the tree above had fallen.

The Hobbit Chair was a small-ish whimsical chair that sprouted from a collectionHobbit-chair of branches standing together.

The need for relaxation is also inspiring for me. I love making furniture that people use while relaxing: by the firepit, in the garden, next to a lake, or enjoying the company of others.

The Fire Pit Sit series of chairs has been a blast to make! From those with horse’s heads to the very rustic and redneck version, people have loved these little chairs specifically for the fact that they sit low to the ground – the best position by the fire!

Fire Pit Sit Chairs
Fire Pit Sit Chairs

Our Stick-a-rondack chairs are based on the well-loved LIchair2.2design on the Adirondack chair. Whether enjoying a relaxing moment in the summer breeze, or watching over the lake, or sitting around a fire, these chairs are a perpetual favorite.

We’d love to hear what inspires you!

Custom Orders

One of the reasons we love getting custom orders for our handcrafted stickwork furniture is that we really enjoy creating pieces that are unique ideas from our customers.  One such order was a set of 6 bar chairs for a family with 6 kids.  The chairs were for the eating bar in their kitchen.  Because of the natural materials we use, each chair was unique, making it easy for each child to have a chair of their own.

Bar Chairs
Bar Chairs

Another custom order we received was for a mirrored pair of Stick-a-rondack chairs.  The customer knew each handcrafted chair would be a one-of-a-kind, but desired to have a touch of symmetry in the design of the chairs that would be placed on her deck overlooking the mountain range.

Match set of  Stick-a-rondack Chairs
Match set of
Stick-a-rondack Chairs

For Christmas 2012, we received a custom order for a desk and chair from a man who wanted his daughter to have a whimsical and unique place to do her schoolwork.

Custom Desk and Chair
Custom Desk and Chair

Our most recent custom order for 8 Stick-a-rondack chairs is well under way – 4 are completed.  Each chair has its own unique character, while contributing to the collection that is clearly a one-of-a-kind set.

Stick-a-rondack Chairs
Stick-a-rondack Chairs

The unique and creative ideas of our customers fuels our imaginations as well!

Favorite Tools – Hewing Hatchet

I have several favorite tools – all of which have very specific jobs to do in the making of my handcrafted Stickwork furniture.  Today I want to show off my hewing hatchet.

Hewing Hatchet
Hewing Hatchet

I use this tool for many jobs.  The job it has been doing most recently has been to “shave” the bark off branches that I am going to be using on some Stick-a-rondack chairs.  It does a fabulous job separating the bark from the branch wood.  So what makes this tool special?  What makes it different than a regular hatchet?

If you look closely, you will see that this hewing hatchet has one side (the left side) that has a flat

Flat side of hewing hatchet
Flat side of hewing hatchet

surface.  Sometimes this is called a flat hatchet, this flat side helps ensure that the natural materials retain their rustic look.

Here’s a little video of this tool in action:

Setting the Bench

Mountain Wooing Bench
Mountain Wooing Bench

Benches: technically, a long seat for more than one person (merriam-webster.com).  We used to see them in many public areas where people congregated for various reasons: train stations, medical waiting rooms, and at the library.  It seems that most places have done away with benches in favor of chairs. While chairs are great (we make those too!), benches communicate something entirely different – a willingness to be closer to another.

Garden Art Bench, Walnut Seat
Garden Art Bench, Walnut Seat

In today’s world, benches are being used more in personal space areas: decks, patios, and in gardens.  A bench is a pleasant place to stop for a bit to rest, to take in the view of the world, to reflect, to make decisions, to have a private conversation.  The design of benches varies greatly from very basic and functional to matching virtually any decor.

Some of our handcrafted benches are rustic and made without a back, and can also be used as coffee

Bench without back
Bench without back

tables in a seating arrangement.  Others are made with very artistically designed backs that allow them to be both functional as well as art in your garden, or on the deck or patio.  We have also made benches that sit low-to-the-ground, especially perfect for around a firepit.

Turtle Dove Bench
Turtle Dove Bench

Benches are quite special in the way they bring people together, and we like that!