Oak & Laurel Workshop | Fine furniture & architectural carving
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Working out the wreathed handrail section that continues out of this newel post... Starting to come together! It's always exciting to go from a concept on paper to 3D reality.
Of the countless things I learned while at @nbss over a decade ago, there's a few little go-to techniques that stand out to me like this one for gluing miters: a perfect solution to a tricky clamping situation especially where you don't want visible fasteners like a screw to draw it tight. Simply glue some triangular pine blocks to the workpiece and chisel them off later. I still remember the moment I saw it for the first time and thought, "duh!, how simple!" It came in handy for this handrail fitting. There is also a large dowel in the joint but this closed it up real tight.
Curved white oak floor nosing for a balcony.
Carved detail on white oak newel post for a new home by @eider_inc . The 2" round handrail will continue out of the top into a wreathed quarter turn.
Happy Mother's Day, @laurenrioux ! Couldn't imagine a better mom for our little boy. Thank you.
Progressing with the new workshop this week... I had a seamless gutter installed and today, the 3rd and final day of drywalling the ceiling. A huge thanks to my wife's ( @laurenrioux ) uncle, father and brother ( @wildcrowskier ) for making this happen. Boy, are we feeling it, uff da! But what a difference it makes in the space already though! #newworkshop #366mainstreet #biddeford #maine
Custom newel post and wall termination in white oak. Part of a bunch of stair parts I'm making for a new home by @eider_inc in Scarborough, ME.
After taking a long break over the winter, I'll be getting back to work on the new workshop. Electric is all roughed in. Next up, drywall. Moving in end of June!
I'm excited to be collaborating with @gaston.wyatt and @gpschafer on various interior architectural ornaments for a California residence. I admire the outstanding work of both firms and it is an honor to be part of the project. Currently I'm carving 12 of these pilaster capitals. Shown here is the prototype but I'll be sharing some of the process in other posts.