Having an idea for a project and a desire to get things the way you want it to look, the size, the scale, the right species of wood. Getting started just takes that first step, I would be glad to take it with you.
Some projects can be worked out with an easy sketch and some require much more design and refinement. Using 3D modeling software we can hone in on the perfect design and send progress images via email.
Choosing the right wood and materials are important, it makes all the difference in how the project looks and performs. I strive to use locally grown hardwoods like Maple, White Oak, Cherry, and Walnut (my favorite). When it comes to exotic woods like Mahogany, Ipe or Teak I make a conscious effort to ensure that they come from a responsible supplier that only uses certified hardwood.
Once the design is complete the build can begin. Choosing the right boards, milling and rough cutting starts the ball rolling. After final milling takes place, the start of joinery begins, shaping, cutting, gluing up panels, paying close attention to grain are the details that make quality furniture.
Shellac, oils and lacquer and are the choice for a clear wood finish. In some instances dyes are used to get a consistent tone. Outdoor finishes use a marine grade varnish that is applied at least seven to eight times to stand up to mother nature. Paint finishes are a sprayed cabinet grade paint the has great ability to withstand scuffs and can handle being wiped down.
Not wanting to see anything go to waste I seek out people who are getting trees cut down and see if there is any wood that can be spared. I hate to see wood chipped or burnt and love giving it life in another form. It takes about one year - per 1 inch of thickness to dry the wood, lots of patience and work, in order for it to be used for furniture. Many of my projects often come from local trees that are getting cut down or have fallen from storms. It can be very challenging getting the wood to the mill, storing it, stickering it for drying, but in the end it is all worth it.