Monday, December 26, 2011

Honorable Mention Winners, Woodworking Business Design Portfolio Awards

Hi Friends, 

 I've got some good news! I was just informed that my "Rosalie Sideboard Buffet" won an Honorable Mention in the 19th Annual Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio Awards for 2011! This is the fourth time my work has won that honor, and for that I am very grateful!

 The sideboard buffet was custom designed and made for clients who needed the perfect piece to fit a space in their dining area and function as a serving surface. It features a solid mortise and tenoned cherry frame with three cabinets that seem to float in space. All the cabinet surfaces, inside and out are veneered with the finest curly maple, and the top is a rare book matched set of quilted bigleaf maple from Oregon. This was a delightful piece to make, and it is my pleasure to share with you. I've made a full set of videos that chronicles the making of the piece. Click here to see part one of the series and link to the whole set.

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings,
Andy Pitts

Andy's Gallery on Fine Wood Artists-

Andy's Website-

Fine Wood Artists Member Michael Singer also won an Honorable Mention for his Jewelry and Art Display Cabinet

Michael's gallery on Fine Wood Artists- 

Congrats to Andy and Michael!

Monday, December 5, 2011

New Work and Upcoming Show - Craig Thibodeau

Fine Wood Artists member Craig Thibodeau shared with us images of his new work, a beautiful Cherry, Carpathian Elm Burl and Ebony dining set with matching chairs.

He is also showing in January at this upcoming show-

WOOD, A Furniture Show
Escondido Municipal Gallery
262 E. Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025
Jan 13, 2012 through Feb 3th, 2012
featuring about 30 pieces of mixed woodwork from a variety of local artists

For more of Craig's work, please visit his gallery-

And his website-

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Work - Dale Larson

Some new pieces by Fine Wood Artists member Dale Larson.

For more, visit his gallery


Turned Bowls.

photos by Dan Kvitka.

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Work by Craig Thibodeau

Two new pieces by Fine Wood Artist member Craig Thibodeau a cabinet and a table, both feature marquetry but in two different styles.

More on of Craig's work can be found in his gallery.

Oak  Leaves and Acorns Cabinet

Size: 33" high by 14" deep by 31" wide
Materials: Claro Walnut, Curly Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Abalone, and various marquetry woods.

Another cabinet in my fall colors marquetry theme, this one featuring White Oak leaves and acorns on a Curly Maple background. The marquetry once again focuses primarily on natural wood tones for the contrasting leaf colors but I did add a bit of dyed green Poplar for the acorns and a few leaves. The acorns also have a small amount of sand shading to help enhance the depth of the acorn and cap pieces. The interior of this cabinet is veneered in very heavily figured Birds Eye Maple and has a small area of Abalone inlay for accent. The handles are once again integrated into the doors and the cabinet is finished with satin Lacquer.

Tulip Table
Size: 84" long by 44" wide by 30" high
Materials: Curly Anigre, Ash Burl, Anigre, Ebony, and various marquetry woods
A large elliptical dining table veneered with Curly Anigre, it has marquetry imagery of two red Tulips on a background of Ash burl bordered by dark green and white squares highlighted with thin Ebony inlay. The base is composed of several bent laminations finished with satin black Conversion Varnish. The table was designed for a client with strong interest in the Ottoman Empire so the Tulip marquetry drawings were based roughly on artwork of Tulips we found from that era.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fine Wood Artists Member John Shrader- Winner Carol Duke Awards of Excellence

Sea Cottage by John Shrader

Fine Wood Artists  member John Shrader has won the Carol Duke Award of Excellence at the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair July 29-31, 2011 in Bellevue WA for his outstanding woodturnings.

There were approximately 1,000 submissions to the fair for the 325 booths available.  From these 325, only ten were chosen for the Award of Excellence.  The Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair was recently chosen as one of the top 100 art fairs in the country, and drew an estimated 330,000 people to the three day event.

John's work can be found in his gallery on Fine Wood Artists-

His work is also featured in and on the cover of Fine Wood Artists, Volume One-