Two Armoires - Cherry with quilted maple and alder.

Cherry and quilted maple armoire delivered on Orcas Island.

Cherry and quilted maple armoire delivered on Orcas Island.

After a brief sit down with my client Anne and a few quick hand sketches, I began working out this design in SketchUp.  The beauty of email is that I'm able to take her feedback, update the design and send more drawings for review.  The final piece will have contrasting frame and panel colors [perhaps walnut and alder] with a mirror on the middle door.  The final design is shown first. Soon after the completion of this design, another client expressed interest in a similar project. Perfect timing! It's always better for everyone to create two at once. Mass production as far as I'm concerned.

Addition of drawers and mirror ... this will be the final design for Annes piece.

Addition of drawers and mirror ... this will be the final design for Annes piece.

Early design ... simpler design without drawers.

Early design ... simpler design without drawers.

Lots of rough sawn domestic cherry and quilted western maple in the shop.  Now it's time to figure out how best to slice and dice all these beautiful boards into parts for the armoires. 

Lots of rough sawn domestic cherry and quilted western maple in the shop.  Now it's time to figure out how best to slice and dice all these beautiful boards into parts for the armoires. 

Dovetail drawer parts.

Dovetail drawer parts.

Piles of parts.

Piles of parts.

Side and rear panels.

Side and rear panels.

Ready to go out the door ... next project underway.

Ready to go out the door ... next project underway.

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Douglas Fir Harvest Table

"harvested' some nice douglas fir boards from a nearby island today.  These trees grew within a few miles of the clients home on Lummi Island.  Design is simple and sturdy.

"harvested' some nice douglas fir boards from a nearby island today.  These trees grew within a few miles of the clients home on Lummi Island.  Design is simple and sturdy.

Preparing this material for initial milling.  Before I can mill it to final dimensions, it will need to sit inside to 'climatize' for a month or so.

Preparing this material for initial milling.  Before I can mill it to final dimensions, it will need to sit inside to 'climatize' for a month or so.

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The legs came out of a salvaged 4x12 beam.

The legs came out of a salvaged 4x12 beam.

Almost ready to deliver.  Just need to glue the pre-finished planks together to complete the top.

Almost ready to deliver.  Just need to glue the pre-finished planks together to complete the top.

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Douglas Fir Dining Set ... Delivered!

I'M PLEASED TO SEE THIS ONE IN IT'S PERMANENT HOME IN GIG HARBOR.  NICE TO CREATE AN INTERESTING BASE AND HAVE IT VISIBLE THROUGH A GLASS TOP.  ALL OF THE DOUGLAS FIR WAS MILLED FROM A NEARBY ISLAND.

HER REVIEW POSTED ON THE CUSTOM MADE WEBSITE:

Tom's skills are amazing. I would definitely do another project with him. I LOVE my new table and cannot wait to show it off. Tom was patient, kind, very professional, and very, very good at what he does. His 3-D computer generated images of our project made it easy to discuss online and allowed for changes

THANK YOU IRENE!

local douglas fir dining set with ½" glass top
final design drawings

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Uisca Irish Pub

Uisca bar under construction in the shop - 2006

HAPPY ST. PATTI'S DAY!  I'M PLEASED TO SAY THAT AFTER 8 YEARS AND 1000'S OF PINTS OF GUINESS, THE BAR THAT I CREATED FOR DAVE AND MOLLY IS STILL UP TO THE TASK.  HUNDREDS OF BOARD FEET OF SAPELLI WERE USED TO CREATE ALMOST 50 LINEAL FEET OF BAR.  UISCA IS LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN BELLINGHAM, WA

UISCA IRISH PUB WEBSITE

Uisca Bar in Bellingham

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Shu-Sugi-Ban Mirror

THIS MIRROR WENT INTO THE MAIN DINING ROOM AT THE WILLOW'S INN ON LUMMI ISLAND.  SHOU SUGI BAN (OR YAKISUGI) IS AN ANCIENT JAPANESE TECHNIQUE THAT I'VE BEEN PLAYING WITH THAT PRESERVES WOOD BY CHARRING IT. TRADITIONALLY, SUGI (JAPANESE CYPRUS) WAS USED FOR EXTERIOR SIDING. THE PROCESS INVOLVES CHARRING THE WOOD, CLEANING IT WITH A METAL BRUSH, AND FINISHING IT WITH A NATURAL OIL.

THE WILLOWS INN

I find that the method works well on our local douglas fir.  The soft summer growth of the fir charrs more quickly.  After scrubbing the surface with a wire brush, you're left with a very tactile and weathered surface.

searing douglas fir

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