Posts Tagged ‘material’

Tumbling with Brass

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016


Been experimenting with some different aluminum finishes lately. Got the mirrored finish down pretty good, but I’ve also been tumbling parts with brass screws. Tumbled on left, sanded on right. I really like how old, dirty, and pitted the parts come out.





Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Ripped up floor boards from ITP.  Hopefully it will become furniture someday.

They are re-doing the hardwood floors at ITP. And I was lucky enough to reclaim (grab) some old boards. Was pulling nails from them for a couple of hours yesterday. Tons of scratches, nicks, and character.

Soon this material will be turned into furniture or lamps or something.

Reclaimed Oak Flooring from a Semi

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Reclaimed oak flooring from a semi

Recently got my hands on some reclaimed flooring from the trailer of a semi. It’s all beat-up and oily, can’t wait to turn it into a coffee table.

Reclaimed oak flooring from a semi

Turned Plywood

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Initial Test

The ability to turn what would normally be scrap material is one of my favorite things about the lathe. I’ve been gluing up small blanks of plywood with a slight slant, and then seeing what I get. So far I like the results, there might be something here.

Initial Test Glue-up

Bigger Glue-up

Roughed Out Blank

I’m Thankful for Lake Logs

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Lake Logs

Over the Thanksgiving weekend my dad and I pulled some logs out of a drained lake. No telling if the results will be the same, but I’m hopeful. And if the stinky smell is any indication, they might just turn out to be beautiful.

Lake Log Wood Grain

Lake Log wood grain

Material for $8.99

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I know almost no one in the city with a working fireplace (but quite a few with non-working fireplaces, weird), but I see firewood for sale at bodegas and super markets all over.

Fire wood on Lex. Ave Fire Wood at the Bodega

Instead of lugging wood back from the burbs, I figured I’d shell out the $8.99 and see if the deli wood is an good. I think it’s ash. Figure I can make something interesting out of the fire wood.

Fire Wood

Walnut Lamps

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Walnut Lamps

The latest lamps I’ve been working on are made from walnut. The build process took place in three studios. The gluing up of the walnut took place at the Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn. The turning was done at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Open Studios in Manhattan. And the finishing was done at my studio in the Poconos. The lamps kind of represent the spaces I’ve had the pleasure of working in recently.

Walnut Glue Ups Action Shot

The walnut was store bought, which I don’t feel great about. I typically like to know where my material is coming from, know its story. But walnut is such a beautiful wood that I will almost always make an exception. The lamps have built-in dimmer switches in the sockets and have black braided fabric cords. They are both finished with tung oil.

Walnut Lamp 1

Walnut Lamp 2