Archive for July, 2009

Upcoming Show

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I finished re-finishing the tables for the college.  They came out fine.  It’s amazing how a fresh finish can revive a tired looking piece of wood.  They look almost new again.  I still have to hang onto them for now though.  I have some of them in my trailer.  I can’t fit all of them without stacking them which I don’t want to do with fresh finish.  I want it to let it age for a while.  For now, I’ll just work around them.

I started a new project yesterday.  Nothing much but the Guild is doing a show in Bratleboro at Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro.  This the second time we’ve done it.  It runs the month of August so come on in and check it out if you get a chance.  Anyway, I am making a blanket chest for the show.  I have made several blanket chests as spec pieces and I usually have good luck with them.  This one is made from some nice sapele,(aka ribbon stripe mahogany) and should look nice.  I will have a picture when it’s done.  I will also have the bed I did recently.  You saw it if you’re a regular reader.  Hopefully it’ll be a good show.  last year I sold a blanket chest, so, of course, Michele said she wanted another one this year.

Lastly, I have once again signed up for the MS bike ride.  It will be the weekend of August 8 and 9 and is a total of 200 miles.  I am still looking for donations, so if you want to help, click here.  Every little bit helps.  I only need a couple of hundred more to reach my goal.

Well that’s what is going on for now.  Thanks for keeping up and as always, feel free to comment, drop me an e-mail, or visit my website.  www.brooksidewoodworking.com.

Hi Again

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I’m still here.  I’m sitting here watching stage three of the tour.  Nothing exiting, but it’s good to see it again.

anyway, I was reminded a couple of times lately that I haven’t  updated things in a while.  It has been too.  For reasons i will get into, I have some time now.  Although I have been busy lately, I do not offer that as an excuse.  The truth is, I got a little lazy.  (I also spend a lot of my free time riding my bike)  But, to the few pwople who might like to read this, I’m not being fair.

As to why I have some time right now.  Like I said, I have been working for John.  The big job we were working on ended and we were just about ready to start the next job which was a kitchen when the client got laid off!!!  I left right there because, like I said to him, he needs to give priority to his regular guys.  There is not a lot of work anymore.  I hope he can keep his regulars busy.

I have had a few small jobs and the phone is ringing a little.  I just finished a screen door for a local couple and I think I will get a small blanket chest in the near future.  Right now I am refinishing some tables I made for the local college a few years ago.  They are putting a huge addition onto the campus and had to clear out the building where the tables are used.  Since they had to do that, they asked me to re-finish them.  Those student are rough on furniture.  The tables themselves held up well, but there are stains, gum globs, ink doodles and just plain dirt.  There is also one of them that got wet and stayed that way.  The top needs some attention.  I think it’s salvagable though.

OK, last thing for now.  I promised pictures of the furniture I sent to New York.  I have a picture of one of the chairs.  The tables are so much like the other ones I do, I didn’g include them.  Here is the chair.

The new Chair

The new Chair

Came out nice, don’t you think??  Alright, that’s all I have time for right now.  Hopefully it won’t be so long next time.

As always e-mail walt@brooksidewoodworking.com  or visit my website, www.brooksidewoodworking.com

Thanks