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Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Building


We were honored to design and build several pieces for the Shoals most recent shining gem - The Florence Lauderdale Tourism building, professionally designed by Bob Whitten, professionally built by Parallax Construction.

The building clearly showcases the Shoals best and brightest, both historically as well as our overwhelmingly amazingly talented current generation of creatives.

These pages are dedicated to sharing some detail and in process pics both of my work throughout the building as well as the beautifully designed building and exhibits.

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Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Building


We were honored to design and build several pieces for the Shoals most recent shining gem - The Florence Lauderdale Tourism building, professionally designed by Bob Whitten, professionally built by Parallax Construction.

The building clearly showcases the Shoals best and brightest, both historically as well as our overwhelmingly amazingly talented current generation of creatives.

These pages are dedicated to sharing some detail and in process pics both of my work throughout the building as well as the beautifully designed building and exhibits.

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Tourism-exterior doors


Exterior Door Design Considerations; 

Reflect the State’s most significant architectural landmark, the home/now museum, Frank Lloyd Wright designed Rosenbaum House

Use solid hardwood, with no fillers or inferior products, nothing but local trees
Design in a way that will withstand wood movement caused by temperature and humidity differences between the interior and exterior of the door and racking forces placed on a heavy door.  The floating panels should allow for expansion and contraction from the opposing forces on each side of the exterior door environment. My solution was solid hardwood “floating” panels between the thicker walnut rails.  This is my take (kinda backwards) on the typical door or cabinet door, where the more typical design is with quite large floating panels with smaller rails. 
                   

More Door Specifics
10 1 3/4” solid local walnut rails
2   1 3/4” solid local walnut stiles
rails attached to stiles with mortise and tenon joinery
1” x 3” x 27” solid "floating" panels of 3 local hardwood trees - maple, cherry sassafras
 

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Tourism-exterior doors


Exterior Door Design Considerations; 

Reflect the State’s most significant architectural landmark, the home/now museum, Frank Lloyd Wright designed Rosenbaum House

Use solid hardwood, with no fillers or inferior products, nothing but local trees
Design in a way that will withstand wood movement caused by temperature and humidity differences between the interior and exterior of the door and racking forces placed on a heavy door.  The floating panels should allow for expansion and contraction from the opposing forces on each side of the exterior door environment. My solution was solid hardwood “floating” panels between the thicker walnut rails.  This is my take (kinda backwards) on the typical door or cabinet door, where the more typical design is with quite large floating panels with smaller rails. 
                   

More Door Specifics
10 1 3/4” solid local walnut rails
2   1 3/4” solid local walnut stiles
rails attached to stiles with mortise and tenon joinery
1” x 3” x 27” solid "floating" panels of 3 local hardwood trees - maple, cherry sassafras
 

The exterior doors made from 4 local hardwood trees;  Primarily walnut, with "floating" panels of cherry, sassafras and maple.

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Tourism-conference table


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Tourism-split walnut bench


This little walnut bench has mad the rounds.  You can see that this is one of Robin's original pieces.  He originally followed "the Master" George Nakashima's aesthetic of exposing japanese joinery where needed for structure and at the same time celebrating nature's imperfections (cracks and all).  Robin often used these "butterfly joints" for his first few years.

These pics show the bench;  in a gallery showing in Montgomery, in the Shawliving Showroom in New York, and his photo studio in Lexington, Al.

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Tourism-split walnut bench


This little walnut bench has mad the rounds.  You can see that this is one of Robin's original pieces.  He originally followed "the Master" George Nakashima's aesthetic of exposing japanese joinery where needed for structure and at the same time celebrating nature's imperfections (cracks and all).  Robin often used these "butterfly joints" for his first few years.

These pics show the bench;  in a gallery showing in Montgomery, in the Shawliving Showroom in New York, and his photo studio in Lexington, Al.

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Tourism Cherry Console


The cherry console on display in the Tourism building was Robin's first entry in a juried fine art competition.

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Tourism Cherry Console


The cherry console on display in the Tourism building was Robin's first entry in a juried fine art competition.

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Tourism Solid Walnut-dining table-Sign


Solid "Shoals" walnut natural edge sign.  This size slab typically becomes a small dining table. 

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Tourism Solid Walnut-dining table-Sign


Solid "Shoals" walnut natural edge sign.  This size slab typically becomes a small dining table. 

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Tourism-solid walnut benches


As you enter the Tourism building, just below the beautiful windows to the river, are three benches made from 3 local (Shoals) walnut trees.  Particularly thick, natural edge walnut.  After these logs were milled inhouse, they were stack to air dry - naturally - for almost four years.  The next month was in the kiln (the only step of the process that's outsourced) before the beautiful natural walnut lumber was ready to become benches.

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Tourism-solid walnut benches


As you enter the Tourism building, just below the beautiful windows to the river, are three benches made from 3 local (Shoals) walnut trees.  Particularly thick, natural edge walnut.  After these logs were milled inhouse, they were stack to air dry - naturally - for almost four years.  The next month was in the kiln (the only step of the process that's outsourced) before the beautiful natural walnut lumber was ready to become benches.

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Tourism-Wilson Park Oak Lectern


The city of Florence is on a roll.  Nothing but positive vibes all around.  And their green initiatives are clearly the right direction.  The street department takes trees down every day before they become a hazard.  We've ended up with several, including this one from an ole oak that had to come down in Wilson Park.

See 2010 Logblog post

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Tourism-Wilson Park Oak Lectern


The city of Florence is on a roll.  Nothing but positive vibes all around.  And their green initiatives are clearly the right direction.  The street department takes trees down every day before they become a hazard.  We've ended up with several, including this one from an ole oak that had to come down in Wilson Park.

See 2010 Logblog post