Monday, August 31, 2009

The Woodworking Process

Fine Wood Artists member Andrew Pitts has a new write up on his website about several pieces of woodworking he completed using salvaged walnut trees. Andrew's website has a wealth of information for woodworkers and admires of fine woodworking.

Read the informative (and entertaining!) write up about the process of creating a new piece of fine furniture here.

More about this beautiful sideboard cabinet with quilted maple panels, can be seen at this link.

Monday, August 24, 2009

John McAbery- Solo Exhibit

Fine Wood Artists member John McAbery will be having a solo exhibit, September 4-7th at the Mattole Valley Community Center.

Mattole Valley Community Center
29230 Mattole Rd
Petrolia, CA 95558

This show is to benefit local community groups and environmental organizations. Call John for more information (707) 629-3549

Monday, August 10, 2009

First there was a Tree

Dale Larson is best known for his wood turning.

"I'm a bowl turner." he says. "I like to turn the local hardwoods because it directly connects me to the environment around me. As I drive around I am always looking at trees and identifying them and mentally looking at where the prettiest bowls are in the tree."

Here is a huge walnut tree that was being cut down to be replaced by a gas station.

Dale had his arborist friend Craig Smith take it down.

Dale ended up turning over 140 bowls out of the wood, and shared the wood with other turners and artists. This beautiful wood would have otherwise been burned for firewood.

"I find it hard to turn wood that I don't know where it came from or what it is." Dale says. "Most of my wood comes from trees that otherwise would be burned or chipped for pulp."

Dale's favorite wood is Pacific Madrone Burl, which is both beautiful and has great working properties. Like many turners, he can recall what tree his bowls came from and where that tree once grew.

His favorite tree was one he calls the "goat tree". His father found this walnut tree standing in a farmer's pasture. The farmer's goats had eaten the bark around the tree, killing it. The farmer was glad to be rid of the tree, and when it fell it was discovered to be the most highly figured walnut Dale had ever worked with. This old tree found new life in a kitchen table, bed and many turned bowls.

This bed showcases some of the wonderful figure in the "goat tree". The spindles are all one piece and the longest Dale has ever turned.

"I like the idea of using wood for a higher use." he says. "Some trees are fire wood, some are best used in art work. Turning trees I know directly connects me to the world around me."

Dale's work can be viewed in his gallery;

Monday, August 3, 2009

Oppertunity for Woodworkers

Northwest Fine Woodworking, America's most successful woodworking co-operative is having their annual box and container show. They are now accepting applications from woodworkers. It's a great chance to showcase your work during the busiest time of year, and the rules are simple; the item must be made of wood, open and close in some manner, be for sale, and be new to the competition.

This is an annual show that is free to enter. The deadline for submitting an application is September 18th.

You can access the application on their website here

Good luck!