Come See My Work at Port Moody Arts Centre’s Winter Treasures Exhibition

I just signed a contract with the Port Moody Arts Centre to participate in their Winter Treasures exhibition, their holiday exhibition and sale!

The exhibit starts on Thursday, November 20th and runs until Thursday, December 18, 2014. It takes place at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns Street) in the Canadian Pacific Gallery, 3D Gallery, and Suncor Gallery and offers a great opportunity to find a special gift for somebody on your Christmas shopping list.

I’ll be at the Opening Reception on November 20th from 6pm – 8pm and hope to see you there, too! My challenging 18-Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzles, Dogwood Screwdrivers, spectacular Live-Edge Cribbage Boards, mysterious Anniversary Boxes, and sculpted shelf, Reign, will be on display.

18-Piece Puzzles

18-Piece Puzzles

Dogwood Screwdriver 1

Dogwood Screwdrivers

Cribbage Board 12b

Live Edge Cribbage Boards

Chris and Anniversary Box

Anniversary Boxes

Reign

Reign

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New Exhibition: Twisted

Today is the final day of Discovery: Air at the Seymour Art Gallery and I am excited to announce a new exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre featuring some of my most recent work.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday, February 19th until Thursday, March 13th.

I will be in attendance during the opening reception on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6-8pm and I hope that you’ll join me!

Evite JanFeb 2014

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Vote for Your Favourite Shop Stools

Well, the soft deadline for submissions has passed and all the entries that were on time are now up on my website. (You can still submit your stool and I’ll post it when I have time.)

It’s the Judges’ Turn Now

I have organized a number of categories and put together a panel of esteemed judges to determine the winners. (As a participant, I am not eligible to be a judge.)

The Judges Don’t Have All the Power

You get to vote for the Flair Woodworks Reader’s Choice. Have a look the entries, pick out your favourite three and submit your ballot using the form below. You have until the end of February 9th to vote.

VIEW THE ENTRIES FOR THE SHOP STOOL BUILD-OFF


Voting Ballot

Crash! And then there was Silence

Last Sunday, I was at the Opening Reception of Discovery: Air at the Seymour Art Gallery. Wireframe Cabinet was on display in the middle of the room. The gallery was extremely busy to the extent that it was quite difficult to move. I took this photo at the end of the day.

Wireframe Cabinet in gallery

Although the cabinet was the only thing I was actually displaying at the gallery, I offered the use of a glass orb to illustrate its purpose as a display cabinet. I had designed the cradle of the cabinet to support a flat, cylindrical, or spherical object.

Wireframe Cabinet Front

Wireframe Cabinet got a lot of attention, for sure. I hovered in the vicinity, watching to see how people interacted with the cabinet and ready to jump in to introduce myself and explain the piece.

More than one person told me that it was the best piece in the gallery. To those interested, I explained how I arrived at this design in a voice loud enough that others in the vicinity could also hear.

You know how cabinets tend to collect all sorts of stuff and become cluttered? I wanted to design a cabinet that would hold and display one thing, and one thing only.

People were very complimentary about the quality of woodwork and wanted to know if I did the glass work. I explained to them that the glass was just a found object that I happened to like.

Halfway through the Opening Reception, the gallery was still busy. I was standing next to Wireframe Cabinet talking to glass artist Larissa Blokhuis about the glass orb. She was explaining to me how it was made when somebody backed into the cabinet.

The cabinet rocked.

The glass orb rocked with it, then rolled over the edge of the cradle and out of the cabinet.

The orb was falling. And falling. And falling.

My eyes followed it down, but I made no attempt to catch it.

The orb hit the floor and shattered. The room went silent.

All heads turned my direction.

I was calm and unbothered by what had just happened. The fellow who bumped the cabinet kept apologizing to me; I kept telling him that it was okay, that it didn’t matter. We got the glass cleaned up and the reception continued.

But Wireframe Cabinet was empty. Without something being displayed, it seemed incomplete, without a purpose.

I took action. I asked the staff responsible for the food and drink if I could have a wine glass to break and they gave me one. I asked Larissa if she would help me transform the wine glass into something interesting. Outside, we broke the base of the glass and I set it in the cabinet, this time with a little sticky putty to hold it fast.

Wireframe Cabinet - New Glass

Afterwards, many people approached me and offered their sympathies or commented on how well I handled the situation. Honestly, I saw no reason to get upset. When the orb broke, I saw that as an opportunity to get involved and create something, a rarity at a gallery.

It was the most fun I’ve ever had at an art gallery.

PS: Like having fun with hands-on art stuff? You’re going to love Kaboom! – The Port Moody Art Explosion, taking place April 5, 2014. It’s an event being organized and planned by a passionate group of artists, so you know it’s going to be a blast.

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This is For Love

I spent the holidays with my family and friends, completely away from the shop. It was a really nice break and quite refreshing from the busy pace that two businesses and too-many-side-projects-to-count guarantees. Being around others reminded me that there are lots of ways to make a living, many of which require much less effort and pay better. Even so, I am happy with what I am doing and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Here’s some of the notable things that are keeping me busy.

Chair with a Twist

This design is inspired by the twisted rear leg that I threw in when I built Reaper. This build, which is currently underway, is driven by a call for submissions by the Port Moody Art Gallery with a deadline of Monday, January 6. I have three days of work into the chair so far.

You can follow along with my live builds via Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.

Chair with a Twist DryFit

Discovery: Air at Seymour Art Gallery

Sunday, I am off to the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver to deliver Wireframe Cabinet for their Discovery: Air exhibit, which runs from January 8 to February 1. The opening reception is Sunday, January 12 at 2pm.

Shop Stool Build-Off

While the build-off isn’t until January 25 and I already have my design worked out in my head, I still have my hands full promoting and organizing the event. Currently, I am working on securing prize sponsors for participants. Don’t forget to register!

Complicated Stool

If you need some help with or inspiration for your stool design, check out Jeremy’s Stool Design Guide listed in the links section at the bottom of this article.

Lee Valley Tools Seminars, Special Events, and More

In addition to Fridays on which I usually work at the front counter at Lee Valley Tools Coquitlam, I am also teaching three seminars this month and am scheduled to do an in-store demonstration mid-month. The three seminars are:

  1. Fundamentals of Hand Planes;
  2. Fundamentals of Hand Tool Joinery; and
  3. Fundamentals of Stringing and Inlay.

Port Moody Artist Groups

I am part of two projects featuring Port Moody artists.

One project, Hands That Shape Our Community by Inlet Artists is rolling along nicely and preparing for its first exhibit.

Hands That Shape Our Community

Kaboom! The Port Moody Art Explosion is still in the planning stage and we meet on a weekly basis.

#Woodchat on Air

Wednesdays, between 7 and 8pm, Matt Gradwohl, Scott Meek and I, can be found in front of a web cam and microphone hosting a live woodworking show about design and whatever else we (or you) want to discuss.

Scott and Jimmy

And There’s More!

While the items above are enough to keep me busy, there are many more day-to-day things that compete for my time. There are many other projects pending in my shop and designs to be developed, moulding planes to be built for Time Warp Tool Works, woodworkers who want private lessons, machines that need maintenance, and magazine and blog articles to write.

Oh, and I can’t forget spending time with my family and my amazing girlfriend, Jessica. After all, they are the ones who have to put up with me and my busy schedule. They also provide me with much-needed breaks from my work.

The title of this post was borrowed from this song by Nicole Atkins. 

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2013 Culture Crawl Slides

I created these slides of my work to show at the Eastside Cultural Crawl. The event takes place this evening, tomorrow and Sunday. I will be in the Straight Line Designs workshop Saturday November 16 from 11am-6pm, located on the second floor of Parker Street Studios, #260-1000 Parker Street, Vancouver. I hope to see you there!

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Eastside Culture Crawl 2013

Come see me Saturday, November 16 between 11am and 6pm in the Straight Line Designs Inc. workshop on the second floor of Parker Street Studios, #260-1000 Parker Street, Vancouver.

What is the Eastside Culture Crawl?

The Eastside Culture Crawl is one of the biggest highlights of the year for lovers of art and craft. It’s an annual event and this year features over 400 artists in 84 buildings across East Vancouver. Over 15,000 people are expected to explore the Crawl.

Workshops and Studios, Not Galleries

These are not art galleries with artwork, but the actual workspaces of the artists that you’re able to explore and see their work. In some cases (such as The ARC at 1701 Powell Street), the space is also where they live.

Parker Street Studios (at 1000 Parker Street) is the biggest venue and during the Crawl, 125 artists open their doors to the public. Among them is Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs Inc. (floor 2, unit #260). He is graciously allowing me to set up a small display with my Anniversary Boxes in the middle of his shop.

The Eastside Culture Crawl website lists all the venues and artists participating in the Crawl, as well as much more information, including a map.

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The Next Chapter

Yesterday, I packed up my work that has been on display at Gallery Bistro since April 13, 2013.

For me, the exhibition was a great experience and opportunity for me.  The most obvious benefit was getting my actual work (not photographs of it) in front of people to see.  Also, when I met somebody on the street it was nice to be able to refer them to the gallery, instead of just directing them to my website.  Perhaps of greatest benefit to me was being able to witness how people view and perceive my work.

My next showing will be Port Moody’s Celebration of Wood Woodfair on July 20, part of the city’s centennial celebration.  Until then, I have other projects to keep me busy, so look for some new pieces between now and mid-July.

Poster Final

I recorded this 8:36 video of my work at Gallery Bistro.

Exhibition at Gallery Bistro

Since many of my readers are too far away to come to my exhibition, I have this video to provide an idea of what it looks like.  (As a reminder to my local readers, the Gallery Bistro is open 10am-3pm Tuesday through Sunday and I am at the gallery most Sundays.)

Some pieces which you may not have seen previously appear in the video and can be found in my  Gallery.  The video also shows different angles of the pieces with which you are already familiar.

I would suggest watching the video in high-definition.  The video is 8:36 long and free of dialogue.

Stories from Artwalk, Part 1

During Artwalk, I showed my work in Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke Street) with three other artists:  Bronwen Belenkie, Clive Tucker and Mandara Lebovitz.  Our exhibition will continue through April 28th. The gallery is open 10am-3pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Background

The building in which I exhibited was recently bought by husband-wife duo Rainer (pronounced Rye-ner) and Helen Daniels.  There is a cafe in one half of the building and an open gallery space in the other half (behind the white bars which were removed before the show).

Gallery Bistro

Moving Day

The Thursday before Artwalk was our set-up day.  It began with a knock on the door from Rainer Daniels and together we moved Relationship Study in his pick-up truck, upside-down.  The table fit neatly between the wheel wells and was a few inches of the closed tailgate.  The rest of my work, including one of my latest pieces, There is Not Always Light at the End of the Tunnel, was loaded into another vehicle.

There is Not Always Light at the End of the Tunnel Front

Setting Up the Gallery

After we got my work into the gallery, Bronwen and Mandara arrived with their 2D art and begun to install their work on the walls with nails.  There was a moment when we all watched as Bronwen’s young son, who was helping, set down his claw hammer on Relationship Study in what seemed like slow motion.  Luckily, there was no damage and we decided that it would be a good idea to cover the table with moving blankets.

Centre

Last to arrive was Clive.  His colourful ceramics filled the large shelf unit and a table at the end of the space.

Together, our work filled the floorspace and shelves and covered the walls.

Left Wall

The Front Windows

Gracing the left front window and enticing passers-by were Clive’s Triceratops, Bronwen’s Looking Up At Alders and my shelf Deconstructed.

Left Front WIndow

In the opposite window you can see Mandara’s Dragon River and my sculpture Something Like That.

Right Front Window


This is the final slide from my PechaKucha presentation.

C.Wong-20

I had hoped to have the video of my PechaKucha presentation by now, but I do not have it.  I will post it when I get it.