newness this is the last post.

This is a link to the new site, you can click on “Design Room” and it will take you to the new blog.


once a year

I thought I would go ahead and wrap this blog up by doing one last post…that has almost nothing to do with woodworking. For those of you that kept up with the blog, last year on our anniversary I told you about a tradition Haley and I have. Wherever we go on our anniversary we buy a bottle of wine to put down and then open on our next anniversary. It’s become a fun event, and something we both anxiously await all year. This year we opened a bottle that we bought while we were in Whistler, BC last year. As we sat back and enjoyed the bottle we recalled all the happenings of the last year and dreamed of all the things this next year could hold.

Thanks to those who kept up with the blog, it was always nice to read all the comments. Part of this next year might include a new blog, or something that keeps up with whats going on in the shop, design ideas, and some of the processes going into this new endeavor. My goal is to create items with intention, for individuals not the masses, not seeking the next “big thing”, but seeking the beauty and good in things.

A teaser for the next project I started this week…

(yes it’s been drying for five years…it’s ready for go)

Love notes

Well it’s been longer than I wanted getting to this post, but here it is. I was trying to get some more “professional looking” pics, but that’s just not going to happen anytime soon. So I did my best with what I had.:)

I made this cabinet for a good friend of mine whom I apprenticed with for a short time. The idea for cabinet was something small that could hang quietly in his house. I knew I wanted it to have two drawers and a concave front, that’s where I got the idea to remake the Wabi Sabi exercise I made while at IP. The drawers are “his & hers”, one slightly bigger than the other. I liked the thought of writing something sweet for your significant other and placing it in their drawer. Maybe to be read when the other is not there, or possibly just when you need to hear some encouraging words.

I wanted to use woods he is fond of, so while making it, I went through his wood collection (with permission) a time or two;). He is from the pacific northwest and loves the old cedars, so I found this old growth red cedar which I used for the drawer sides. He told me it was out of old homes that had been demolished in BC, so who knows how old the stuff is, but it is old, and looked sweet. The drawer fronts are teak, reclaimed from old Indonesian fishing boats. I thought the colors paired nicely with the red cedar.

I know this picture quality is poor, but it was the only one I could get of the inside. While I was at IP, Robert gave me a piece of spalted mystery wood, it was a small piece, but I knew it would make a great panel some day.

The pulls I carved from a small piece of rosewood, I used it to for the inside latch(flipper flopper) and door leveler.

Rosewood door leveler

So as it turns out the entire cabinet was reclaimed wood. Even the Claro was an off-cut from a table a friend of mine was working on!

Good day

revisit an old friend

In between moving, I found some time to remake a class exercise, but this time out of material with a bit more meaning for whom this cabinet is for.

More later…

Have a good day

Haley’s Cabinet

Alright, I got the pics back from the photog place. I hope you enjoy them.

This was my final project while at school. The criteria was to design a piece and use some of the techniques learned throughout the year. When I designed the cabinet I obviously was inspired by the Krenovian/Danish style, I wanted to incorporate, curves, shop sawing my own veneers for the chance to use different woods on the inside and out, glass, hand-cut dovetails and drawer fitting. If you are interested in seeing some of the process for this build you can access it from the “archives”  section starting in Feb/2011.

The outside of the cabinet is air dried, european cherry, ( it will stay lite in color as opposed to our american cherry that darkens over time). It was sourced from middle Canada , the owner said he believed it was brought over as sapling from early european settlers. The inside is a very aromatic, port orford cedar, milled locally from a chainsaw milling adventure and air dried as well.  ( sorry, I don’t mean to sound obnoxious about euro this and african that…that’s just what happened to be available at school) ….and it’s fun knowing where the wood is from! So…the stand is afrimosia (south african;).

The drawer fronts were from a small piece of italian olive given to me by a good friend and the drawers sides are european sycamore, while the pulls were carved from a piece of  black olive.

Photos by Ingeborg Suzanne Hardman

meet box

Hey people, still living one day at a time as we are not sure where we are gonna be settling. But, in between working for the guys I rent shop space from, I wanted to do a small project to keep my hand skills moving along,  just get back in the swing of things. Robert would always say, “do the best you can with the materials you have”. So lacking an abundance of the “good stuff” I did have a small piece of Ash that I was able to bring back from school. I did what I could, with what I had… just a small, simple, straight box, hand-cut joinery, and planed surfaces.

After getting going with it I thought it would be fun to put it on a small stand. My classmate before I left gave my wife a scrap piece of teak (that was perfectly rifts sawn by the way) to make some earings with. So I got her permission, and cut that little guy up into a stand.

I was going to just set the box on two stretchers underneath the box, but that wasn’t going to work. I decided to use some brass stock and make TINY brass plates to fasten it to the stand. It was fun, I don’t know if you can tell from the pics but the box is pretty small ..about 9x6x4.

Good day

one day at a time

That’s the way it been….we decided to go to Houston (after my time at IP) and Haley would work a temporary travel nurse contract for three months. I was going to explore my options for starting up shop while in Houston and see where we stood at the end of the three months.  See, San Diego had options for the both of us with work, but we wanted to give our hometown a good shot. So while on the road, somewhere in Oregon, we got a phone call that said Haley’s temp job in Houston fell through, so a cheerful car with music loud driving south turned fast to “what the he%$ are we gonna do?? For the next twelve hours we took turns sleeping, driving through the night, asking God for an open door somewhere? That next morning Haley had a phone interview, while driving, and got a five-week job in San Diego. I got on the phone and secured bench space at good friends shop… and by that night we were eating homemade pizza over a good glass a Tobin James and sleeping in our friends guest bedroom in La Jolla ….. God is good:)  So we are still taking it a day at a time and now we are house-sitting at our friend Jeremy’s house for the next month, which is also where my bench space is,  just a few steps from coffee pot to shop.


His place is super cozy with a sweet view of the lake

The house might just be temporary but I went ahead and got set up in the shop in case I am there for a while, also got started on my first project with some “scrap” teak and ash I got from the cut off been before I left IP.

It was nice unpacking my tools, making a few quick shelves, and setting up a place to work!

Good day