In all the creative work I have done with live-edge material, I have always looked at a cut section - where a limb was removed or the material cut to length - as a shortcoming. But recently, I had an epiphany. Like so many of my revelations, this one came while experimenting on a piece … Continue reading Defects Are Hints For Something Better
Since 2005, I have been stockpiling local hardwoods. These are full flitches (entire logs) milled to my specifications for furniture making and stacked on pallets. All of this material has been slowly and patiently air-dried. It's a process that is not widely used commercially due to the time requirement, but the quality of the material is … Continue reading Local, Air-Dried Wood for Sale
Earlier this week, I began work on a new cribbage board. The section of Pacific yew didn't look like much at first. I wanted to include this protrusion. And wanted to exclude this chainsaw cut. I screwed a straight piece of wood on to one end of the material and used a scrap of wood … Continue reading End Grain Yew Cribbage Boards, Part 1
In Part I of this project, I cut mitred returns in the cherry crotch slab and joined the three legs to the table top with Domino floating tenons. I then cut and fit five maple dovetail keys. Due to the way that the wood dried, neither the top nor the legs were particularly flat, so … Continue reading Single-Slab Cherry Coffee Table, Part II
I'm very excited to release two brand new cribbage boards. Each board has three tracks that follow the live edges, and the signature orange/cream contrast of the Pacific Yew is evident in each. Number 11 includes a scoring field whereas Number 12 does not. You can find more photographs and details on their respective product pages. Links: Cribbage … Continue reading Two New Cribbage Boards
Not often does an entire week pass (let alone two!) without a new article here on my blog, but this month that happened. Let me assure that I am still here, and the lights are still on in my shop. In fact, I'm as busy as ever with a wide variety of projects. Cribbage Boards! There … Continue reading The Lights are Still On at Flair Woodworks
A couple of months ago, a local couple approached me looking for a characterful table top for a metal base they were having made. I invited them to visit my shop and they picked out this slab of elm. I flattened the top side of the slab and filled the voids with resin. I inlaid … Continue reading Elm Table Top
I'm beginning to catch up on posting some recently-completed projects which are now posted in my Store. The wood for these two cribbage boards is from a local apple tree. While I cannot guarantee one of these spectacular boards will improve your game, it may be enough to distract your opponent so that you can … Continue reading New Apple Cribbage Boards
Yesterday, I moved Maple Trestle Table out of the shop into a larger room that was transformed into a photo studio. Today, I took a number of pictures and have begun sorting through them to find the best. One of my favourite detail shots is of an epoxy resin-filled fissure in the beautifully figured top. … Continue reading Second Picture of Maple Trestle Table, Finished!
Earlier this week, I rubbed out the finish of Maple Trestle Table so it is now complete. Here is the first photo of the finished table.