March 26, 2014

Evolution of Design: An Update

Again, I’ve fallen into the habit of working in the shop and doing little blogging. So here’s another update on how the Stickley Double Costumer inspired coat tree is progressing. Since my first post, we’ve been working on creating prototypes of the two major components of this piece — the feet and the posts. First, let’s talk about the feet.

May 22, 2010

Arts & Crafts: 3 Things You Can do on Your iPad!!!

I’m not sure that you can reconcile being a fan of technology and Arts and Crafts furniture, bust as Popeye would say, “I yam what I yam!” So here are three things you can do on the iPad to feed your love of all things Arts and Crafts.

January 03, 2009

Oak’s Alluring Ray Fleck Pattern

On a recent trip to Craftsman Farms I had a conversation with the docents about fuming oak. We agreed that there were varying opinions about why Gustav Stickley fumed his oak–some thought it was to “Pop” the ray fleck pattern from the surrounding grain, while others believe he was trying to deaden the appearance of the ray fleck patterns. The more I thought about the contrasting views, the more curious I became. So I decided to do a little poking around and see what I could find.