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Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma - from your side of the table

I'll be back at Williams Sonoma this morning - Opening at 10a.  It was great fun last week.  Photo is of our "board" display from my perspective (is there any other;)?  Looks like our resellers are all out of boards.  If you need one for Father's Day, it's a beautiful day for a drive to Huntsville Al!

Walnut serving boards at Williams Sonoma

Apple + San Francisco = a bad apple!

Let me clarify.  I really love San Francisco!

Let me clarify.  I really love San Francisco!

I've been playing with, working at, working with, tweaking, and having a blast with typography for way too many decades to admit.  Beginning as a kid in early mid '60s with an opaque project, blasting a typeface i found somewhere onto the wall in the living room, tracing around it and either cutting a screen directly or cutting amberlith or rubylith to make a screen (print).

Apple's design, not just in their products, but in their ads, stores, signage, everything I believe is as close to perfect beautiful, minimal branding as you can get.  Well, that is until I just saw what might be a new Apple typeface on the horizon.

It's ok, but it ain't Helvetica Neue.  If the need is large enough HN Ultra Light is as close to perfection in many situations as you can get (ok, obviously just my opinion here).

This new typeface i just saw is fine.  But it doesn't seem up to Apple's standards.  Not Steve Jobs standards.  I've seen Tim Cook do no wrong while at the helm.  This won't put em outa business by any means, but I hope it's not the beginning of losing their way (from perfection).

Gosh, i don't have time to complain about this.  Back to work. . .

If you have an opinion i'd love to hear.  I'm guessing most couldn't give a rip.

Williams-Sonoma Saturday

Just two weekends left before father's day.  We'll be celebrating with our friends at Williams-Sonoma Huntsville.  We'll be showcasing (and selling) our walnut slab serving boards that are made from sustainably sourced North Alabama walnut trees. They open at 10am Saturday.

Williams Sonoma Huntsville Saturday

Yesterday's (Apple) WWDC featuring Alabama throughout

WWDC 2015

I've been following Apple's annual WWDC (developers) conference for at least a couple of decades, and have usually been quite thrilled with the amazing creativity that oozes from the world's coolest brand.

The huge question recently has been, can Apple continue this pace without Steve.  It appears they they can.  That is, with Alabama's own Tim Cook at the helm.  

Lots of great new stuff, but Apple Music was the biggee, and appears to be another hugely successful "Think Different" product.

So cool to see:

Alabama's Tim Cook

Alabama's Tim Cook running the show

Showcasing the more great music from North Alabama - Alabama Shakes, as well as

Alabama Shakes

Wonderful music from the best film of the year (my call) SELMA

Selma The Movie

There really is a side of Alabama that surprises almost all that visit.  It's about time we let the secret out of our open minded, super creative bag.
Tim Cook, we are so proud of you.  Don't be a stranger!

Walnut stair treads and banister railing

Walnut stair treads and banister railing

A new take on natural edge design.  This time we placed the organic edge on the backside of each tread.  We also placed it "upside down" from our typical.  This way the angled edge of the log is more aligned with the black iron support.

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.