I'm not back from Vegas for an hour and I get a message that Jason Willis came by the shop looking to get me to draw up and quote a mantel for a job he is hoping to get. I had built a mantel for him sometime back and he remembered I could draw. He needed it by tomarrow morning. Everytime I go away, I always come back swamped. Maybe I should go away more.. I came up with this.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Below is a shot of me assembling the guttae drops. This is a modollion block up under the cornice that represents the pins that secured the beams (which are represented by the trigliphs) in ancient architecture. This was a tedious detail to build that took Jesse and I together more than a full day to get together.
Friday, September 17, 2010
We've been working on converting our old warehouse into our new showroom concept for a few months now. Most of the work has been painting racking and re-arranging stuff to get our layout optimized. While that was exciting in it's own right, I'm glad we have it figured out and now behind us. We are finally beginning the carpentry. I love building showrooms, this is when you get the opportunity to build stuff you rarely sell, but everyone talks about. I've been involved with the construction of numerous millwork showrooms, and toured many many more. I'm taking all that I have learned from what I and everyone else has done in the past and applying that knowledge along with a few ideas I've picked up from successful merchandisers in other industries and folding it all into our 10,000 square foot buildout. Here's a little sampler of one of the designs now under construction. This is the concept sketch I whipped up just to show Jesse how my wireless design program works.
This build is an authentic reproduction of a collonade taken from the Roman Doric Order, so there really isn't any design credit here. However, the success of both it's authenticity and scale is still a formidable challenge. I'm fortunate to be working with one of the finest craftsmen of our area in Jesse Wright of Architectual Molding. Jesse is even a bigger geek about this stuff than I am, and a highly (almost too highly) detail oriented builder. We're both enjoying working together. It's neat to work with someone that really understand the language of architecture and is passionate about it, like Jesse is. We spend a little too much time talking it, when we should be more focused on building it but we are both so excited about building something like this that talking about it endlessly is almost a given. Here's a shot of the entablature in progress, stay tuned as this stunning detail develops into a reproduction of a bit of historical architecture.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
It took every clamp we had in the joint to get the assembly clamped to the buck. This was super fun to build. Stephen and I built the buck and the jamb head while our shop master craftsman, Ross, slept off a migraine. As much as Ross cranks out in the shop for us, I was happy to step away from the pile of paperwork and fab this little gem up in his absence. Any day I have to get out into the shop is another day that I don't have to push paper. I'd much rather build stuff. As I was finishing the glue up, Jesse showed up and we got on our Monster build. We kicked around design for a while and played around with some ancient architectural details and collectively decided we were going to replicate history. More on that later.. For now here's the jamb all finished up for this antique door set. The whole shop had a part of building this jamb. Good job fellas~
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I just received some photos from a customer we did a little trim work for when they did a remodel on thier home. This was a real simple build that gave the room quite an impact. This is a great example of what a huge difference just a little bit of molding will make to the overall feel of a room. I would have liked to have seen a crown on the colonnade, the customer didn't want anything to protrude out from the wall too far so we used a bolection molding for a crown. My design would have been a little different, but the customer is always right, and they loved it so ultimately that's all that mattered.
And below is a shot of the interior with a real simple, inexpensive, but still great looking faux wainscoting detail.
Monday, September 6, 2010
I've got a dream build going in the shop that is just insane. This is the type of thing you get to build once every couple of years if you're lucky. I knew my buddy Jesse would literally salivate at the chance to build this and I needed the help so I brought him in on it. We spent the first day basically just kicking around design ideas and trying to get the scale and proportion correct. Jesse is an absolute student to the history of the craft and a super talented builder. There plain and simply isn't a better finish carpenter out there to help me with this type of build. We're thinking about shooting the whole build for an article we could collaborate on. I'm doing and intervelometer shoot of the build regardless. We're really having a good time with this one, yesterday was awesome, we got all the subassemblies built. Here is the concept sketch that got the ball rolling...
I'm supposed to work on the backyard today for the lovely wife, but all I can think about is getting back into the shop and getting those subassemblies standing on the wall. This feeling is what I truely love about carpentry. The 'Wanna see it up" feeling you get when you're on to an exciting build and the "Yep, I built that" satisfaction you get when it's done. I'll post pics of the thing going up, it's going to be amazing. Jesse is pressing to take it more formally period correct in the Greek Doric order. While I just wanted to origionally do a relatively quick build, now that we're into it. I'm into it. I think Jesse is going to get his way. If you're going to do it, might as well do it Wright.
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