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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Hands That Shape Our Community Exhibition at Gallery Bistro

Inlet Artists, a group of which I am a member, is having its second exhibition – at Gallery Bistro this time.

We have taken advantage of the extra space and ability to be flexible with our presentation and included not only the photos which make up the collection, but some of the paraphernalia and workpieces depicted in the photographs. This invites the viewer to step inside the photograph.

Included in the exhibition is the carving done by David Driscoll of M.C. Escher’s Drawing Hands.

Image from MCEscher.com

M.C. Escher’s Drawing Hands – image from MCEscher.com

One of my photographs, Detailing Anniversary Boxes, is on display, as are the boxes themselves and Maple Slab Table.

I hope that you find time to view the Hands that Shape Our Community exhibition at Gallery Bistro (located at 2411 Clarke Street, Port Moody, BC). It runs from May 6 to June 16, 2014 and the Artists’ Reception is May 22 from 6:30-8:30.

Hands That Shape Our Community Gallery Bistro

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The Lights are Still On at Flair Woodworks

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 is an ever-increasing amount of demand for my live-edge cribbage boards and I am working hard to build inventory. I am waiting for the finish to cure on the latest boards so that I can rub them out for an ultra-smooth finish. (Cribbage Board #9 is currently still available at the time of publishing!)

Cribbage Boards

Kaboom!

I am part of the organizing committee for Kaboom! The Port Moody Art Explosion. It’s going to be:

“a true artists happening, an explosion of self-made fun and entertainment, a historical moment in our fair city where we bring together in one room, a Who’s Who of artists in a surprise-filled, creatively-combustible evening of art and entertainment”.

The event takes place in eight days and we’re working furiously to ensure everything is just right. (Register to attend the event here.)

KaboomSign

As part of the Kaboom Decor subcommittee, I fabricated a pair of lighted columns for the entryway and helped create two giant mobiles which will hang from the ceiling.

Lighted Column

Moulding Planes!

At Time Warp Tool Works, we are adding two new sizes of moulding planes to our lineup. Currently, we offer #6 (3/8″) and #8 (1/2″) hollow and round moulding planes. I’m working on the bodies for the new #4 (1/4″) and #10 (5/8″) hollow and round moulding planes.

Making Moulding Planes

De-Stressing!

It’s pretty insane having weeks full of days that are packed from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. Sometimes, I find myself literally running from one meeting or task to the next. As someone who finds it very difficult to take breaks – especially with an immense workload – I find it helpful to at least switch gears and do some kind of work just for fun – like taking half an hour to turn a bowl.

Black Locust Bowl Blank

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Experience Twisted Art

Join me from 6-8pm tonight (Wednesday, February 19th) at the Port Moody Art Centre for the Opening Reception of their newest exhibit, Twisted. The exhibition runs until March 13.

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See twisted art from across Canada, including three of my pieces.

One of my newest pieces was created just for this show. It’s called Chair with a Twist and it’s so new, it doesn’t even have a spot in my website’s gallery yet (coming soon!).

Chair with a Twist

Chair with a Twist

Also in the show are two pieces that I built last year – Wireframe Cabinet and Pacific Yew Sculpture.

Wireframe Cabinet

Wireframe Cabinet

Pacific Yew Sculpture

Pacific Yew Sculpture

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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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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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A Little Less Insanity: A 90-Piece, Layered Jigsaw Puzzle

There is now another wooden 3D puzzle on my Gallery page.  Like big brother, the 140-piece monster, this one also has multiple layers.  However, it has only 90 pieces, so it should be a cinch to complete, relatively speaking!

Like puzzles?  Come try one this weekend only at Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke Street, Port Moody).  Opening hours are 10am-3pm on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15.

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90-Piece Puzzle, partially disassembled

90-Piece Puzzle1

90-Piece Puzzle

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Get Personal with Insanity

I will be making and selling my wooden 3D jigsaw puzzles at Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke Street, Port Moody) Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 10am-3pm.

Sometimes I describe my work as that which is so insane nobody in their right mind would attempt it. My wooden 3D jigsaw puzzles are examples of that.

My latest offering is a small puzzle comprised of 18 pieces. They are simple enough to not be too intimidating, yet complex enough to keep someone engaged. The neat thing about these puzzles is that the difficulty can be increased by combining the unassembled pieces of multiple puzzles in the same jumble.

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Gallery Bistro is a great place for breakfast (how about the classic eggs benny?), lunch (my latest favourite is the shrimp and avocado sandwich!), or a drink to warm your belly (chai tea, anyone?). It is also a vital part of the community. They display the work of local artists and allow groups such as Inlet Artists and the organizing team of Kaboom! The Port Moody Art Explosion (all of which I am a member), to hold meetings there.

18-Piece Puzzles

Five 18-Piece Puzzles

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Recap: Port Moody Celebration of Wood Fair

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Celebration of Wood Fair on Saturday.  The Fair was well-organized and we saw a strong turnout.  The weather was perfect as well, so it made the day even more enjoyable.

I sold Tee Coffee Table as well as some raw wood in the silent auction.

The Celebration of Wood Exhibition is still on at the Port Moody Arts Centre until August 11.

Shh… It’s a Silent Auction

There will be a silent auction at Port Moody’s Celebration of Wood Fair.  I’ll have a piece there (what will it be?) and this just might be your chance to get a piece of Flair at a below-retail price.  Proceeds will be split between the artists and the Port Moody Arts Centre.

The Celebration of Wood Fair will run Saturday July 20th from 10am until 5pm and bidding for the silent auction will end around 4pm.