Saturday, October 21, 2023
Friday, March 4, 2022
When you buy a bed from me, it is made to fit your particular mattress so that it will finish off at the height that you prefer. Mattress lengths and widths are standardized and are available in sizes such as king, queen, full, twin. The thicknesses, on the other hand, vary greatly.
When I take an order, I get the mattress size, King or Queen usually. If it is King Size, I always confirm if it is a regular King or a California King and there are also a bunch of other King sizes. The standard King is 76" by 80".
Now that I have the mattress thickness, I then figure on a finished height for the mattress. The customer can suggest a height that they's like, or I can put their mattress size into my drawing and then give them a range of height to decide from. We always have a short discussion by email about this, with drawings being sent by email to confirm what they will be getting.
|Mattress placement drawing. Mattress in green.|
Below is a short video showing how I move things around in the drawing to figure out the mattress height. I cannot make the bed without knowing where the mattress will sit because I make the bottom headboard sit at the top of the mattress. Thus every bed is a bit different.
|Hand turned finials are an option.|
Saturday, October 2, 2021
My goal for the Hybrid Windsor Bench was to create a bench that ventures beyond Windsor traditions. Made of sculpted parts of warm wood combined with cool clean steel, it would be inviting to the touch and keep the sitter interested in where they are sitting.
I am sure that there will be some opinions on the use of 'Windsor' in the name of this design and I welcome the discussion.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
It seemed like maybe rocking chairs were becoming a thing of the past, but maybe, with everyone at home during Covid, things have changed for the rocker. I have finished 3 rockers over the past few months and have another 3 or 4 on my schedule.
Here are two rockers that I recently finished for one customer. One is in a custom dark brown that I call Delagi Brown and the other is black. One is headed for New York City and the other is headed out to California.
These rockers have a long comfortable rocking motion and are a great addition to many different decors. The milk paint finish highlights the facets from the shaping of the hand shaped parts of the chairs.
|Black on left, Delagi brown on right|
|Lucy and I, discussing the finer points of rocking chairs.|
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Try to get out to enjoy Spring a bit. It has been a bit chilly here in Vermont lately but hopefully it will be warming up a bit.
Take care of yourselves and your family.
|Lucy, contemplating the patio that my wife and I built last fall. We are eager to use it this Spring.|
Saturday, March 28, 2020
This class took place at the HatchSpace in Brattleboro, Vermont. They have a very professional setup staffed by quality people. See more about the HatchSpace.
In this two day class, students each make a "Shaker Bench" while learning how to cut dovetail joints by hand.
I do hope to also teach out of my shop but will definitely teach again at the HatchSpace when opportunity allows. Take a look at my Classes page on my website to see information about this class and also about my Build Your Own Cod Rib 12 Double Paddle Canoe.
Here are some shots from this last class.
|photo by Peter Smichenko|
Thursday, August 1, 2019
To sign up, go to the HatchSpace website.
Cutting Dovetails by Hand
March 14, 15, 2020, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm
Build Your Own Cod Rib 12 Canoe