Monday, April 28, 2008
These are some photos of the display cabinets and reception desk I recently built for the new offices of the Celtic Colours International Festival. The only real criteria I had to follow was that the piece compliment the existing decor and that it incorporate some reclaimed material with a connection to the local area. For the top of this piece I used Douglas Fir that I recently salvaged from the demolition of Saint Anthony Daniel school in Sydney. The planks were floor joists that spanned 24 feet and measured 2-1/4" x 15-1/2". Pretty awesome stuff. After planing the planks (and pulling the nails) I darkened them with oil based stain. I then sanded and polished them to highlight the heavy grain of the wood and finally applied several coats of an oil/varnish blend. I love working with reclaimed and unique wood and this piece was a great opportunity to bring some local history into the shop.
Friday, April 4, 2008
This is the reception area at Revive Hair Studio in Sydney River. I built some display shelving for the previous location and was lucky enough to be asked back to build some additional shelving and the reception desk seen here. This was the first time I was able to incorporate metal into a piece. It was also the first time I got to build a curved concrete form. This was a great opportunity to work with materials I don't always get to use and try some new things.