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Robin Wade

Brief visit with Andy Mann

Andy Mann, Progress Bank's President is clearly pleased with the results so far of his new building.  Seems a little like a proud papa, and should be. 

Tour of UNA's Student Union Building

After the Progress Bank tour, we toured UNA's also super cool Student Union Building, also in progress.  This building is situated on UNA's  South most demarcation line, at the North end of Court Street. The intention is to bring the community together and welcome the community.  -  I'm thinking this amazing building might just accomplish it.

It's easy to see just where Hugo's modern vibe is right now.   The most pronounced feature here is a really huge gallery space, running the length of the building.  Huge ceilings, huge walls, massive open areas, lots of glass.  Oh, and we're finally getting a Starbucks.

I think UNA's gonna have something here.  Can't wait to see the final v.  - maybe before the end of the year.

A tour of the new progress bank - progress

Architect Hugo Dante's tour Thursday of the new to the shoals Progress Bank was quite impressive.  Seems to be shaping up to be quite a beautiful modern, very open, lots of glass structure.

I love the super cool "gallery" area that you'll walk right into from the front.  Huge walls, tall celiings, clean geometric layout where they plan to hang local artists work from time to time - with plans for artist showings, social events etc.

Tom Heflin losing his old oak

The street department is taking this beauty down from long time Tuscumbia attorney Tom Heflin's front yard.

I rarely have time to personally round them up like this but this one's maybe a little special.  In addition to being a beautiful old oak that's been here longer than any of us have, the burl at the trunk has a great chance of offering some amazing grain.

The final piece from this tree might just be worthy of a local fund raiser/auction of some kind.  I'd like to hear if there's a philanthropic group that might be interested in teaming. Furniture (or fund raisers)  from this one won't be seen before a year, more than likely a couple (primarily depending on the thickness of our milling.

Iphone pic of last week's rainbow

Finally getting around to downloading and posting these Iphone pics of the rainbow that briefly visited last week.  In the past I've attempted to take a few rainbow iphone pics (never having my GF1 at hand) with no success at all.  Some how I ended up with a bit better result this time.

Another custom order from Architect Phil Kean

This modern organic cocktail table was completed and shipped last week.  We collaborated with the super creative Rob Turner of the Phil Kean Architecture team in Winter Park.

Museum of Alabama photo shoot - just awful

  Having my photo taken - one of my most uncomfortable hangups. 

The Museum of Alabama sent master photographer Mark Gooch around the state to take pics of 20 Alabamians for the final exhibit of phase two of their amazing project.  Not really sure how I ended up in the mix, but the rest of the project seems to be totally first class.  They've hired world class Museum designers and fabricators for the project.  One of which just completed Presidential Library project in Texas.

Can you see that the photographer might just be "stumped" for the first time in his career?  - Can you see how much fun I'm having?  If I'm going to get over this one in my lifetime, I think I better get on with it.

Lacey stopped by Sunday

It was great seeing our friend Lacey Howard Sunday.  We claim her as our own, but she's been living in Des Moines for year's now as an editor for Meredith Publications.  I just remembered to get a quick pic before she ran back to spend the rest of Mother's day with her Mama.

Great to see that she hasn't forgotten her Southern friends.  Now, we are going to have to tweak the accent a bit, also a lesson on our Southern "pace" is on my agenda as well.

Lacey Howard, Meredith Publications visiting on Mama's day.

Lacey Howard, Meredith Publications visiting on Mama's day.

Super Modern organic cocktail table

We've been working on this one for a while.  Will share pics of the final v. soon hopefully.

Modern Organic Cocktail table in the works.

Modern Organic Cocktail table in the works.

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.