Oak & Laurel Workshop | Fine furniture & architectural carving
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Keep up with the goings-on in the shop.
A fanlight for a Kennebunkport, Maine home copied from the original design. Surprisingly the original was made of one solid pine board which obviously makes for some very weak areas. But I can't really knock it because it did last a very long time and not to mention a very practical solution.
Exterior bracket carving from a few years ago.
And just like that, I'm all moved out of the old shop. (Easier said than done!) It was a good 6 years at @pepperellmillcampus but I can't wait to set up the new shop in the coming weeks around the corner at #366mainstreet
Sheetrock hung at new shop. This will be the benchroom (and showroom area to the right of door) for carving, assembly and hand tool only work. Picture is taken from the machine room doorway. I'm really looking forward to working in a rather dust-free space away from loud machinery.
A recently completed staircase by Ventura Stairbuilders of Biddeford, ME for a new home by @eider_inc featuring a continuous wreathed handrail and newel I made. It was a very positive and seamless collaboration (and challenge) between all parties to reach this beautiful result! Designed by @trevorewatson
Completed handrail fitting made for @essex.restoration.ma for a renovation of a Boston home. Finished to match the color and patina of the existing white oak handrail and newel post. I employed lots of sanding and a mix of dyes, shellac, gel stains, scraping the bottom of old stain cans, and dark wax in many stages over 3 days to achieve that warm time worn and burnished look. It's very important that there is a range of tones with some black/dark brown grime in the grain pores and corners and that the high spots and areas exposed to wear are lighter in color from apparent years of use. I do this by sanding and burnishing those areas near the end of the process with very fine sandpaper and scuff pad removing finish down to (or almost to) the bare wood and then it's sealed with shellac and or waxed.
Reproduction stair balusters for a Boston residence. #woodturning #stairparts #lathe #woodworking #millwork #details #newengland #boston #customwoodwork #madeinmaine #biddeford
Some progress of a new white oak handrail fixture being made to match the existing railing for a renovation of Boston home by @essex.restoration.ma