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Furniture - a most practical form of art

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design, with a concentration in furniture.  I chose that concentration because I love the functionality of the skill set.  The time I spend in wood shops feeds my soul.  Adding glass, metal, and other elements makes the work more practical and interesting.  Throw me a curve ball – I love a challenge.

Kenan Center Bar

I built this bar at The Scenic Space (a shop where I work in Western New York) for the Kenan Center, a regional arts and cultural organization in Lockport, NY.  Though the building this is in is more modern, we went with oak to echo details in the original mansion.  The bottom of white-washed and the bar top is natural, with multiple layers of wipe-on polyurethane for durability.

Pat used the CNC router to carve the logo, and that’s just the icing on the cake.

Kenan Center bar, a U-shaped bar 8 ft long by 5 ft wide, make of oak, frame-and-panel construction, attached to the wall. The Kenan Center logo and a brass foot rail are mounted to the front and the bar top lifts on the left-hand side so the bartender can get in and out. The bar is seen here from the front.
The bar is 8 ft long by 5 ft wide, make of frame-and-panel oak, and attached to the wall. The base is whitewashed and the top is natural color, with multiple layers of wipe-on polyurethane and an inlayed rubber mat for glasses.

Both sides now

The left-hand side of the bar top lifts so the bartender can have easy access, and the right-hand side has a solid wall to mask an ice machine.  Yes, there’s another wall outlet back there 😉

Did I even think to bring an NA beer to break the seal on the bar?  Sigh… a lost opportunity…

Kenan Center bar, a U-shaped bar 8 ft long by 5 ft wide, make of oak, frame-and-panel construction, attached to the wall. The Kenan Center logo and a brass foot rail are mounted to the front and the bar top lifts on the left-hand side so the bartender can get in and out. The bar is seen here from the right.
Kenan Center bar, a U-shaped bar 8 ft long by 5 ft wide, make of oak, frame-and-panel construction, attached to the wall. The Kenan Center logo and a brass foot rail are mounted to the front and the bar top lifts on the left-hand side so the bartender can get in and out. The bar is seen here from the left.

“I can’t begin to express my gratitude for the beautiful artistry that you and your team accomplished on this project. To say it exceeded our hopes is an understatement. I struggle with projects like this, because I miss the artistic flair and creative empathy built into the final product – but this exemplified that and more.  The bar is stunning.”

– Bill Patti, Executive Director, Kenan Center

Barn Doors

And such pretty barn doors!  I built these for a client of The Scenic Space (a shop where I work in Western New York).  The client wanted that rustic feel, so we went with ambrosia maple.  A perfect choice for his office in the sky. Now all he needs are stairs 😀

A picture of the barn doors installed, from outside the office.
A picture of the barn doors installed, from inside the office.

Check out my posts about building these doors

Night stands

These cherry and maple frame-and-panel nightstands were designed to flank a bed in a cozy bedroom.  I slanted the front so the bottom drawers are easier to access in the tight space and carved the handles from walnut wood.  The drawers were built with hand-cut dovetails, and the pieces have a hand-rubbed oil finish.

Two matching night stands, built of cherry, maple, and walnut. Each stand has five drawers.

Bedframe

These clients wanted a bed frame with a real wow factor.  I designed and built this from solid cherry and maple with details of hand-joined cherry veneer, with tables made of brass, maple, aluminum, and cracked glass. 

A picture of a bed frame made of cherry and maple with attached swiveling tables made of brass, maple, and glass.
A picture of a bed frame made of cherry and maple with attached swiveling tables made of brass, maple, and glass.

There are lights in the tables and under the cantilevered frame, adding to the wow factor.

Chest on legs

Solid maple frame-and-panel, with a lid that lifts.  Drawers are hand-cut dovetails, and the finish is a combination of hand-rubbed oil with polyurethane on the top for durability.

A maple frame-and-panel chest on legs. It has two drawers and the top opens.
A detail view of a hand-cut dovetail drawer.

Oak shelves

These shelves were designed to my client’s specifications to fit into specific places in their house. They are solid oak, with maple details and metal drawer pulls.  Please excuse the crap pictures.  Sigh….

A picture of an oak shelf
A picture of hand-cut dovetails.

These shelves are constructed with sliding dovetail joinery.  They were built to last a lifetime … or three. 

The finish on both of these units is hand-rubbed danish oil.

A picture of details of my oak bookshelf. This shows the drawer pulls, which are part of the design, and hand-built.
A hand-made oak bookshelf with drawers and shelves. Details are of ebony and steel.

The drawer pulls were part of my design.