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Be sure to check back regularly to see just what chips have been falling in our "slow studio".

Log Dogging Sunday

Frassie found another goodun during Sunday afternoon's log dogging session.

Nice note today from the general manager of Marriott Shoals

"Everyone loves the food displays at the Americana Press Event today."
---Larry Bowser
General Manager Marriott Shoals

We (RW and RWF) has thoroughly enjoyed working with Larry, Chef Mike, and executive chef Ryan Matthews in the hotel, their amazing fine dining restaurant the 360 Grill, as well as their events team.  

Our small community is quite fortunate to have such a wonderful hotel.  
Thank you Larry for all you do for the community!

Walnut & Acrylic Dining

The weather has been killing our finishing schedules/deadlines.  If we can get into the studio today and tomorrow, this one will ship Monday.


Tennessee River Minnows

84 degrees yesterday and full sun - perfect afternoon for one more swim with Sassafras - and friends.

Absolutely Alabama visit Wednesday

It was great meeting Fred Hunter and Mike Tucker with the TV show "Absolutely Alabama" yesterday.  These  guys seem to have as much fun traveling the state and interviewing as I do making sawdust.  We started at our studio in Lexington, then headed downtown to view our current showing at Court Street Market, as well as a few pieces in our beautiful new Tourism Building. 

You're not going to believe the vittles we're serving up Friday

Our friends have stepped up and with the most amazing selection of nourishing, delicious LOCAL At least a sampling of each of the following:  

Tony Smith's championship bbq, Charlie Thompson's Camp Stew, Alan Phillips delicacies, The Hummus People's (guess what), Steve Carpenter's local produce, Belle Chevre goat cheese.  

Don't think Steve's not happy about it.  If you know him you can see that he's thrilled!

Don't think Steve's not happy about it.  If you know him you can see that he's thrilled!

Open House Friday, Showcasing our friends

Just confirmed, Alan Phillips of Red Clay Epicurean will be joining us for the Open House.  In addition to Tony Smith's smoked bbq, and The Hummus People's locally grown Hummus, Alan will be showcasing local delicacies including both JackOLantern Farm's as well and Charlie Thompson's amazing mutton.  Steve Carpenter will be debuting a brand new local product Friday.

We won't be going hungry at the Open House

Tony Smith comes thru again.  Master bbq smoker Tony Smith of the Grilling Room, will be serving 15 hr bbq butt sliders Friday.  After decades of grilling, smoking, competing and judging in the bbq arena, I think he might just be qualified.  Come on out and you be the judge Friday 12p!


Exhibition - Reception

Exhibition - Reception

Big thank you to all who attended/supported our exhibition at the fabulous new Court Street Market.  Wonderful support from friends and community.  So fun living right here in this ever growing southern creative enclave.

Friday night's reception held in our vibrant community's newest gem; Court Street Market.

slow studio possibly less slow?

Our old 36" wide SandingMaster ran outa steam.  Just received this new toy.  What if the "slow studio" wasn't so slow in 2015?  (I didn't say fast).  

The newest member of our team;  a 51" double head sander.

The newest member of our team;  a 51" double head sander.

Patagonia moving into food

I would have never guessed.  Love everything about Patagonia.  I have a feeling I'll love their food.  Anyone tried it yet?  Roasted barley.  I'd like to like it;)

Received pics this morning from designer in NY

Coffee table pics from designer Judy Fox.  Happy to report that she and client are thrilled.

cherry sculpture

I just ran across this pic that Rusty texted a couple of months ago.  Can't wait to get out there and get some even better shots.  This was a hollow cherry log - that was slabbed unusually thick-which means it took a couple of extra years to air dry before going into the kiln.

Levitating desk 2.0

Levitation desk 2.0

We've been slammed all summer - lot's of new and exciting things (and news!!) to share.   I've been taking pics all along, but just haven't yet had a chance to post them.  -  Hopefully soon.  For now, I just had to share this new desk pic.  Brand new residential installation, in another beautiful home designed and built by master designer/architect/builder Phil Kean and his amazing team.

Levitating oak single slab flowing grain desk with Nakashima style center leg support also from the same local oak tree.
Oh, do you see the little sunken rectangle to the left of the chair (top of desk)?  There was a bit of over spalted (some call it rot ;), heartwood in this area.  We made a small organizational area for a pen or two, iphone charging (small crack runs all the way thru) or whatever the customer might want to keep front and center. 

Can't wait to see the professionally shot pics when they are available.

Wildwood Guest of honor arrives early

The most advanced electric vehicle yet, Tesla, is our guest of honor.  He arrived early, and got a front row seat at the beautiful new tourism bldg.  I'll be opening the doors and trunks for review, for pics and amazement.

The first thing you'll notice is there is NO engine!

Be sure to stop by and get your picture taken with the guest of honor from 5p to 8pm tonight.