|North River Restorations||
This frisky guy came into the shop in pieces, with his head completely off and his marble eyes rolling around in a box of parts. Hand carved in pine by an unknown artist, he was brought to me by the owner, who said he had been in the family for quite a while. The eyes and gems on his neck and body are large glass marbles. The saddle trim, harness and skirt are made of hammered brass sheet.
And he's off!
photo sent by Michael M. of his North River Skiff at the family camp, upper Lake Huron. The skiff was built in 1993, yet still looks new.
Hitchcock chair edgeband stained and painted.
The steam-bent band was easier to finish on the form rather than on the chair. Here it is stained and painted with gold paint to match the original fragmented piece.
This past Sunday, 9/30, I got to be the "local expert" at the Schenectady Greenmarket. We had a booth full of photos, sample work, tools, a laptop for a slideshow, and my workmate workbench for carving demonstrations. The best part was having a number of kids try their hand at shaping a cedar paddle with a spokeshave. Check out the photos...
First post- a one-of-a-kind custom design- curly maple and wenge corner display unit
The first step in construction was to build a mock-up of scrap plywood and cardboard which we used to try the angles and scale of the piece in it's future location. Changes were made to shelf heights and the thickness of the legs was adjusted.
Then the model was taken apart and used for patterns of the actual parts. The mock-up, left, is seen next to the actual piece during construction. Below is one of the legs rabbeted for the shelves but not yet dadoed for the wenge strips.