Scenes from Our Woodshop
Although we’ve got a lot of projects going on, and have completed many since my last blog entry, I’ve been to busy to put together a well organized post.
In lieu of something cohesive, here are a bunch of random photos from the shop, mostly taken by Jen Zahigian.
My rare numbered edition Fat Tire Ale Bicycle. Too beautiful to ride everyday.
My next project (pictured above) which pulled up to my shop about 2 weeks ago.
Our last project (will show in greater detail in next post) getting prepared to send to finisher before final assembly.
Garden Planter Bench in the making
Here’s our little modern garden bench in the making.
We start with a mix of salvaged and culled wood. People wonder, why do you charge for the materials when you get this stuff for free? Well, first of all, it’s not all free. Secondly, the wood we do get for free is pretty junky, and to make this salvaged wood usable takes time and a considerable amount of work. We cut out the bad parts, pull out the nails, and plane it down to the good stuff. The bottom line is, we’re taking a bunch of wood that is otherwise destined for the landfill and giving it a second life.
Aaron gets busy with the bandsaw.
Stax of benches.
Salvaged Wood Planter Benches, on Sale now, $98.
What I did on my Winter Vacation
I could tell she was hoping I’d give her a hand, so I took her to the art store, got some supplies and we went to work on a models of two different types of Egyptian dwellings. The one we’re working on in these pictures is for the upper class. We built another, smaller one that represented the regular folk.
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Our local design rag, Ventana, featured us in the September issue. Kudos to us. I know September was awhile back, but I been busy, yo.
In a seemingly unrelated post, I had the strangest dream the other night.
I was at my friend Tristen’s old house in the country. They always had a bunch of animals out there, like dogs, horses and peacocks. So it wasn’t strange when, in my dream, I looked out the window and saw a dozen or so really furry black cats. What was strange however, was that about half of them were wearing prescription glasses. The same kind Julie Kotter wore on Welcome Back Kotter.
I woke up from the dream laughing. Then I got to thinking, “You know, you never see animals with prescription glasses.” Then it occurred to me that there probably aren’t even optometrist vets. Well, one thing led to another, and I created the Eye Chart For Cats.
So for all you cat lovers out there, here is the first step towards better feline vision care.
Able And Baker at the Emmys
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+ Includes Framer’s Grade Acrylic and felt bumpers
+ Handcrafted in our woodshop
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This week on HOW ITS MADE: Airstream Kitchens
Our Airstream client wanted a minimal place to prepare food. We gave him a small convection oven (microwaves just don’t make good food) a fridge with separate freezer, and one of those water boiling electric teapots.
In the following photos, the bulk of the cabinetry is complete, so it’s mostly just pictures of us applying the Formica tops.
The final touch, the standard plastic trailer molding from Vintage Trailer Supply.
My First Post
I design or build something just about every day. I am a member of Heartwood, a Cooperative Woodshop in Berkeley, California, that has been around for more than thirty years.
This blog will be a place to share the process of my work, from preliminary sketches to the finished product.
Lucky for me, my wife is a photographer, who loves to document every step of the way. We have a catalog of images and thoughts to share with you, so please drop by again soon…
Able + Baker Design