Friday, June 27, 2014

Craftsy Posts about a Jig for Miters and Bevels

Here are parts one and two of my Craftsy article describing how to make this new miter/bevel jig and how I use it to make boxes.

Not too shabby. This isn't even glued up yet:

The jig in all its simple glory:

I sometimes post in-progress shots on my new account at Instagram. Check me out there:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Furniture I Love: Chairs by Alan Daigre and Matthew Teague

One of the great things about belonging to a woodworking guild (shameless plug for the Cumberland Furniture Guild) is that you get to meet amazing woodworkers who live nearby. That’s especially true for Matthew Teague and Alan Daigre. Both are great woodworkers in their own right, and they’ve been collaborating for the last few years on making incredible chairs. Check out this chaise made by Alan Daigre. I saw it from a distance once and could have sworn it was green velvet.

It’s kind of shocking how comfortable these chairs are. You’d swear you were sitting on upholstery. Be sure to check out the page that lists the galleries and shows where their work is available so you could try one out yourself. This one is a collaboration between Alan and Matthew.

Here's one of Alan’s signature rockers.

Alan’s Facebook page is here. Matthew has also started Spring House Press, a new publishing venture for the maker movement. He’s got some very cool titles out and more coming soon. Enjoy!

All photos by Dan Feather

Friday, June 20, 2014

Craftsy Post: Shaker Woodworking

Here is my take on some of the characteristics that define the Shaker style:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Craftsy Post: Achieve Worry-Free Furniture Glue-Ups Every Time With These Helpful Tips

Have a look at this other Craftsy post on how to successfully glue up furniture without making yourself crazy:

Craftsy Post: Making a Tage Frid-Style Three-Legged Stool

Have a look at my recent post on the Craftsy woodworking blog.

Thanks to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum for permission to use the photo of Frid's three-legged stool.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Furniture I Love: Libby Schrum Design

I found Libby Schrum’s amazing furniture as I was checking out the website for the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. (I’ve never been there, but I’d love to go.) I was struck by the variety of Libby’s work and how well it is made. Her furniture is full of ideas that are fully expressed and perfectly executed. Check out her Cork Chair. The curves give it great movement, and I love the milk paint finish.

Siblings is a fun take on a standard bench. Again, great idea, great execution.

Libby studied at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and earned a Masters at the Rhode Island School of Design. She received the 2010 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, which is given to individuals “who represent a great new talent and demonstrate dedication to the craft of furniture making.” That describes her perfectly.

I appreciate Libby for helping me out on an article I wrote for the Craftsy blog on furniture glue-ups. I’m sure the glue-up for her walnut coffee table, called Theme and Variation, must have been a doozy!  

Check out her website at Photos by Jim Dugan

I’m introducing a new feature here at Furnitude. I’ll do my best at the end of each post to include links or buttons to each furniture maker’s social media sites. I want to make it easy to follow them and share their work. Please help me spread the word about great furniture makers by liking, twittering, instagraming and pinteresting their work.

Libby Schrum:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Zhang Zhoujie Stainless Steel Furniture

Just when I think I’ve seen everything in furniture, something like this comes up. The designer, Zhang Zhoujie, makes furniture out of stainless steel (and Titanium) but it looks like cut diamonds. This chair is officially the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It looks like a CAD drawing come to life. It looks like it was designed by the Terminator.

Although this furniture isn’t wood, it has a kind of organic nature to it. To achieve these shapes and contours, he uses randomness in the form of artificial intelligence. Read about his design philosophy and methods here. At 28, he was recently named Young Designer of the Year at the Elle Decor International Design Awards. Check out the video to see how he works:

Zhang Zhoujie Digital Lab from Zhang Zhoujie on Vimeo.