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!
This term, “Springing Ahead” is usually used to refer to the upcoming time change for most parts of the country. In our shop, it has a different meaning (but don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend anyway!)
We are looking forward to spring just like (most) everyone else. Our Spring brings a change in activity. All winter Jeff has been making slabs – those long rustic boards – in preparation for making items that have horizontal surfaces, such as desks and baker’s racks, side tables and sometimes he uses these slabs for the seats and backs of chairs.
Once they are cut, he then places them in stacks, “stickering” them, so that they can dry evenly with optimum air flow all around them.
Many of our slabs have been cut from Black Locust and Honey Locust. Slabs really show off the beautiful grain within the wood.
So, in Spring, we change gears from the cutting and drying of the slabs to the planning of our event calendar as well as getting into the shop to start creating more stickwork furniture. It has been a while since he made a rocker, so Jeff says that is one item on his to-do list.
Spring also brings invitations and applications for events to our mailbox. We are sorting through the invitations for 2014. We are excited to see the variety of events to consider. Now we have to make the decisions!
One of the first woods we had available to us when we relocated to North Central Ohio was Black Walnut. As it turned out, the property where we live has several Black Walnut trees and there were literally dozens of branches on the ground as the result of high winds. As we collected the branches, we decided what to keep to try using in our stickwork furniture.
“Black walnut is highly prized for its dark-colored, true heartwood. It is heavy and strong, yet easily split and worked. Walnut wood has historically been used for gunstocks, furniture, flooring, paddles”, states Wikipedia.org. We love the rich color the wood develops as it is exposed to the air and elements.
One of our first pieces was what we like to call a Stickarondack – essentially it is an Adirondack style chair made using all smaller sticks and branches for the seat and back of the chair. The chair has a very rustic look and feel to it, making it fit quite well into any rustic decor, whether it be cabin, mountain, or primitive. Because it is based on the Adirondack style chair, it also works quite well in a cottage or beach setting.
We also wanted to use some of the Black Walnut to make slabs and see what the same style chair would look like using those slabs in place of the sticks. As it turns out, slabs work quite well! They give the chair a “beefier” presence. Somehow, it just seemed right to add some antlers to this chair!
Another of our first pieces was a side table which used narrow slabs cut from some of those branches. The slabs provided both a smooth, level surface for the table, as well as some unique character because of the way the slabs fit together.
Black Walnut is a great wood for our handcrafted, artisan Stickwork Furniture!