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Quick peek in the back - Eurekazone tracksaw system

Eurekazone tracksaw system - American Made - Genius

Eurekazone tracksaw system - American Made - Genius

Here's a quick pic of the super safe American made tracksaw system we use almost every day.  It's super safe, super flexable, super handy.  We are modifying the set up a bit to make it even more useful.  Just added track and table to allow it to easily handle 13' long, 4" thick slabs.

Buy quality products and keep 'em

One habit that we seem to have organically begun (and held onto) is if we need something, and can afford to, we buy quality products and hang onto them.  Whether it's tools, furniture, cars, rugs and even clothes when we can.  My 20 year old Reyn Spooners that continue to be holding up are a great example.  

I recently sold my 12 year old Range Rover, after purchasing a Dodge truck.  Linda's 12 year old Volvo looks like new - well, if you don't look too close.

Here's a pic of my 25 year old Bradington Young leather chair - yes, uglier than heck.  - Sassafras enjoys it as much as I do.  The Baker sofa right beside is also 25 years old.  I shared pics recently showing our recover project and addition of solid walnut trim and legs.

This chair was certainly made here in the U.S. back then - as most furniture was.  Don't know for sure, but the odds are against it now. 

Oh, I suppose this tenet holds true with the pup who snuck in to my comfy chair as well.

We have enjoyed buying quality products, keeping and enjoying them as long as we can.

We have enjoyed buying quality products, keeping and enjoying them as long as we can.

We've gone curvey!

After more than a couple of months of planning and building these new (for rwf) elliptically shaped tables, we finally applied the last coat of our very earth friendly water based finish and began taking pics.

I've avoided "curves" in our furniture design for seven years now.  They just didn't "feel right".  With confirmation of our solar system, I've come to a very comfortable, peaceful place with our first curves.  These three tables are perfect ellipses.    I'd love to hear your thoughts here.

At this point, we've only finished the tops.   I can design and attach one of several optional bases to each.  Also each can become either a coffee table, desk or dining table - depending on your needs.

We'll be cleaning up the images background (in photoshop), pricing these three tables out and making them available in our upcoming online store through the weekend.   The general dimensions for these three tables:  
107" x 43" x 2" thick, 81" x 43" x 3" thick, and 52" x 39" x 3" thick. 

Keep in mind that we love custom orders.  If these don't fit perfectly in your space, just let us know.  Want it thinner with diff dims - no problem.

Ellipitcal walnut top closeup

This 3" thick walnut tabletop is just about ready for the finishing room.

3" thick elliptical walnut top closeup.

3" thick elliptical walnut top closeup.

Oversized Walnut Mirror and Console

I love working with friend's Rusty and Lisa Alexander on custom pieces for their beautiful new, Phil Kean designed modern home.  Super talented designer Rob Turner helps them with most of their projects - this one as well. 

This oversized pair should fit just right into the Alexander's oversized, over modern, over cool lakeside home.  We began this one several months ago.  So glad to be getting back to it.

Screen Printing demonstration @ Natural Curiosities

The super creative team at Natural Curiosities is one of the few exhibitor's that gets my attention, even for only a few moments, each year at High Point.  This interhall exhibit of 15 LA artists is a wonderful diversion from what has become almost the standard fare of cheap uninspired imports that has taken over HP.

Some of my fondest childhood memories were of helping my Dad screen print Christmas cards each year.  Although only a few cards sent to family friends each year, I so looked forward to this annual project.  Back in the early '60's the screens were hand cut - eventually moving toward a photographic process that allowed more detail, although possibly just a bit less soul.  This (unknowingly at the time) was my introduction to a couple of creative endeavors that became passions as well as professions thru most of my life.

Oops, back to the show.  Some of their (Natural Curiosities') work is screen printed, and this year they were printing onsite these wonderful cards. 

More Airport Art - BNA

I'm fascinated by airport art.  Seems like many of the airports are competing here - and most winning.  Again, quite impressed with BNA (Nashville International AIrport's) submission.

Slammed, swamped, crazy - Day 2 of High Point Market.

My gosh the IHFC building has been swamped all day.  Seem's like most of the vendors have been quite busy.  Great to see things returning toward the pace of "the good ole days". 

High Point Spring Market - slammed

High Point Spring Market - slammed

Heading back to High Point

The Spring High Point Furniture Market is already upon us.  The show begins tomorrow.  We'll be arriving late tomorrow, and will be showing our wares Tuesday and Wednesday - as usual, we'll be in the beautiful Shawliving showroom.  Hope to see you there!

Spring High Point Furniture Market.

Spring High Point Furniture Market.

We made this month's Florida Design

Well, one of our tables did. 

Linda was shopping for groceries last night, was in the checkout line, picked up and briefly flipped thru the current Issue of Florida Design.  Look what she found!  My goodness I love (and could use) free press.  This is a great article.  But to be perfectly honest it's really about my over the top, super creative friend's in Winter Park - Phil Kean and Rob Turner of PKD. 

The photo was of Phil's  2012 New American Home dining room.  I think Phil's home make's a great new home for our single slab dining table.  We collaborated with Rob and Phil on this dining table.  Very pleased with the results. 

Even my shiitake's are happy to see spring

My shiitake log has produced nothing all through the winter.  Linda just put it outside for some fresh air.  I've worked so hard to keep them inside "in the dark".  Maybe they need some degree of sunlight therapy as much as I do.

These two little shiitake's seem to like fresh air and sunlight more than I realized.

These two little shiitake's seem to like fresh air and sunlight more than I realized.

Great to have local choices in organic and hydroponic produce.

Great addition (surprise) was to see an amazing bread maker here at one of our fav organic farms.  (sorry no pics yet).  Magpie+Ruth was selling the greatest bread Saturday at Jack o Lantern Farms.   Gosh, I almost forgot just how good real bread is.

Also great to see wheatgrass for sale.  It's so easy to grow, but i just haven't found the rhythm yet.  Hmm, for some reason though, the farm's wheatgrass was soo much sweeter??

I think a great sign of an organic farmer is if bees and honey are close by.

Happy Birthday Frassie!

Sassafras Wade, two year birthday today.  These pics were taken last summer on Wilson Lake, North Alabama.  When we moved to the river last year I couldn't believe my Golden was scared of the water.  (Just about) every day after work for a couple of weeks I took her down to the River for a gentle introduction.  I think she got it. . . .

Sassafras Wade

Sassafras Wade

Sassafras

Sassafras

Sassafras Frassie Wade

Sassafras Frassie Wade

Sassafras

Sassafras

Frassie

Frassie

Sassafras

Sassafras

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Fox on Neighbor's Roof

There are quite a few fox(es) throughout our outlying communties.  I've heard quite odd animal noises for year's, not kowing just what/ where it was coming from.  Now I know.  I'ts this fox. 

A couple of weeks ago we were throwing Frassie some frisbees.  It must have startled this fox and it somehow jumped up ontop of the roof of our neighbor's home.  Foxes are amazing.  So quick, cunning, smart - and now - a leaper!

This Fox leaped onto our neighbor's roof with little effort.

This Fox leaped onto our neighbor's roof with little effort.

Split Walnut Bench

This walnut bench is the last piece fresh out of the finishing room last week

Split walnut bench, close-up of dimensional joinery.

Split walnut bench, close-up of dimensional joinery.

split solid walnut bench with dimensional joinery full view

split solid walnut bench with dimensional joinery full view

Small Cherry Cocktail Table

Completed and finished this one last week.

Small Cherry Cocktail Table

Small Cherry Cocktail Table

Natural Edge Cherry Cocktail Table

Natural Edge Cherry Cocktail Table

Small Natural Edge Cherry Table

Small Natural Edge Cherry Table

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Cherry Baptismal Font

This one took a while before the design flowed in.  Again, curves aren't my forte'.  But I think (hope) we got this one right.  I hope to be able to see it in action in the church in Birmingham soon.

Baptismal Font, clsoeup of the custom beautiful blown glass bowl (supplied by the church).

Baptismal Font, clsoeup of the custom beautiful blown glass bowl (supplied by the church).

Baptismal font from "her" view.

Baptismal font from "her" view.

Solid Cherry Baptismal Font, full view.

Solid Cherry Baptismal Font, full view.

Thinking Ovals

close up of 3" thick oval solid walnut top

close up of 3" thick oval solid walnut top

Ya, i suppose in some area this ole dog is slow to change.  My saws cut, and I seem to have preferences for straight cuts, well at least in the past.  Now, after almost seven years of furniture making, i'm actually building my first oval table top.  And even more astonishing - i'm enjoying it!

I wiped this unfinished oval tabletop with mineral spirits to "appear" somewhat finished for the pics.  In process is this one, and it's mamma.

Dimensions:  64" x 38"  3" thick
Mama:            85" x 47" 3" thick

My plan (for this and future pieces) to build and finish the tops, and allow the customer to choose from completed (or not) legs and heights, and table type. 

I'd love to hear what you think about Oval.  I'll be sure to post some pics of the completed top, hopefully on some of the leg options before long.

Unfinished oval walnut top, appearing somewhat finished for this pic.

Unfinished oval walnut top, appearing somewhat finished for this pic.