March 13, 2012

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A lot has changed for me in the past month, and it's been freakin' fantastic. Take these five tables for example. Here they are, on my roof, minding their own business. But in a couple of days they will be flying through the post, on a truck, on their way to Oklahoma. Yes! They are going to live happy little table lives in a sweet cafe called Evoke, where people will use them everyday, spill coffee, snack, and chat over them. It's all very exciting. And it's only my second commercial contribution since my California restaurant, and I'm pretty darn excited. So excited, in fact, that I busted 'em out. I have the splinters to prove it.

As we all know, I love raw, untreated wood. I've said it before, but it gets me every time. I just can't get used to it. I had to seal these with polyurethane for the high traffic use they will inevitably endure, and the wood got dark. Way dark. And yup, here it is again, my unavoidable, unjustified, three-hour-long period of mourning over the pale, soft colors that once were. *sigh*






































But as the sun set and I sat there frozen and unable to seal the rest of them, I slowly kicked myself into accepting it. Whattaya gonna do? The first coffee stain on raw wood and, boom, not so pretty now, eh? So at this point, I'm happy. They look lovely and I'm proud of them. Tomorrow, surely, I'll have barely an hour of remorse as I seal the others. Then off to Oklahoma it is with the lot of you!

24 comments:

  1. So cool! Congratulations on your tables going out into the world!

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  2. I loooove them! Your work is so beautiful... all of it!

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  3. Don't be sad, I like the sealed colors even better, especially the darker wood!

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your tables!!! sealed or not :) the subtlety of them unsealed is dreamy but then the colours and textures get pretty intense when you do seal them so either way it's a win for me!

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  5. Wow! They are beautiful but sealed and unsealed. I understand your frustration in it though! So happy that you're succeeding as your work is so beautiful!

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  6. your work is incredible, i wish so bad i could do what you do i want all of this is in my home!

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  7. What's waiting for them in Oklahoma?

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  8. That cafe is going in just down the street from my office! I can't wait to see some of your work in person.

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  9. These tables are gorgeous! I want to have a wall in my house of your work!

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  10. PUT ON SOME SHOES, WOMAN!

    It's MARCH, it's SPLINTERY, it's BROOKLYN. Less gadding, more protective equipment.

    The tables are gorgeous. Are you sketching them first, or have you done this enough by now that you can make it up as you go?

    I can't remember if the vecchio tables are sealed?

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    1. 1. Hah! It was 70 degrees yesterday! My shoes flew off and stayed off in this lovely weather. It was heaven!

      2. I sketch the tables first, generally. The people at the cafe picked out these patterns themselves.

      3. And yes, the il vecchio tables are sealed with poly too, but they were made from oak, not lath, the so the whole color scheme/material reaction was different.

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  11. just checked out the evoke site. seems your tables will fit in there just right! i especially like the table with the zigzag of a single dark lath board through the light. a fun perspective shift with that one.

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  12. Seems like you could sell these in PDX quite easily. I know I would love to have one of your cheese boards or a long, skinny bench for our dressing room. Keep up the good work.

    houseofthebonestorm.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm falling in love with your work. It brings me nostalgia of my grandfathers woodworking and my grandmothers quilting, yet in a completely modern way. So inspiring!!

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  14. Ah I feel your pain with the finish. Have you done many experiments with different finishes? I'd love to see the results of experiments with some oils as well! Maybe pure tung oil or beeswax? Maybe you could tint some poly with a little white to make them a little cloudy? Actually that could be kinda ugly...or you could just keep doing what your doing and posting your beautiful work on the internet so people halfway across the world & down under can appreciate it. :)
    P.S. I'm road tripping to the US with friends next year and I've already told them we have to go to il Vecchio.

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  15. congrats! you're so talented; you deserve it! :)

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  16. Try sealing them with wax, won't distort the colors so much, or put a glass top on them.

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  17. the tables are still gorgeous! if you want a highly durable clear coating that won't darken the wood you could try an epoxy coating next time. or a piece of glass would look great too :). clear furniture wax would be good too with a few coats, but a little difficult to apply to the uneven surface, and probably not quite durable enough for the coffee shop that would use harsh cleaners on their surfaces.

    can't wait to see what you do next!

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  18. Absolutely love your work. I'm in Brooklyn too and an architect who likes to get her hands dirty making stuff! Have you tried a technique called pickling? When you pickle wood, it's basically painting with a very diluted white. Then I believe you finish it as normal. Worth looking into and experimenting with on some test patches perhaps! Some research would be best, but a quick google search found this: http://woodplay.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/a-no-hassle-technique-to-pickle-wood/
    Cheers!

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  19. ooo, congratulations! i know they will love they're new home
    x kat

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  20. you can be so proud!
    you do amazing work with a style to love!

    Cheerio from Germany,
    Magdalena

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  21. Michael James PoyApril 24, 2012

    Jarnvitriol first - keeps the silver in the Woods
    Then the clear poly
    Perfect and raw natural effect + protected
    Sharing s caring

    micpoy@yahoo.com.au

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  22. delaney nashMay 09, 2012

    I am in love with your woodwork. Period.

    Evoke opened last week and the tables are FANTASTIC. I wanted to hug them when I walked in. I immediately recognized them from your blog. Edmond, OK is blessed by your work.

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