Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Here are four cabinets sold to Graves Country, a contemporary folk art gallery located in Lodi, Ca. (see link). Roff Graves is the owner, he loves my work and has a very impressive collection of folk art. The green shutters I bought at Alameda point antique fair, they have hand forged hardware on them, very old I believe. The tall cabinet has a triangular top created from an old corbel wih a sunburst motif. The door I built of recycled beadboard inserting an old stained glass window into the top, and adding some fun embellishments below, some architectural fragments an an old pink depression glass lid I picked up at some flea market yeas ago. The hutch I built from scratch around a set of cabinet doors rescued from a victorian remodel dumpster in Vallejo,
Ca. The last one pictured, I made the door from a stained glass
window with a tulip motif, adding some interesting victorian hardware, architecural fragments and some old stove legs for the feet.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

customer's photo

These photos were sent to me by Naomi Branagan, customer and c-owner of Warmth Co. of Aptos,Ca. (see link, great store!) She asked me to make this table from a vintage window and balusters collected at Alameda Point Antique Fair, our local monthly antique market here in the SF bay area. She also included a photo of one of my doorknob coatracks.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Custom Pieces

Here are a couple of new pieces, made for a store opening in Danville, Ca. First is a chalkboard for the menu. On the sides are a couple of balusters, salvaged from a victorian era stair railing. I deconstructed a couple of doors for the frame, and added some other embellishments to that. An old picket fence, and some old door casing contributed some whimsical elements. A shabby, vintage corbel cut in half finishes off the crest. Second, a mirror for the bathroom. This was really fun. I used the same look with the balusters flanking the sides. The piece of hardware centered in the upper area I believe is from an old victorian doorbell assembly. The crown molding I made from a mahogany handrailing. Some vintage crystal knobs as finials. Both pieces are good examples of what I call useing repurposed or recycled materials. They are at home in a rustic, primitive collection, or maybe a shabby cottage look. They are colorful, whisical, unique. All my pieces are individually numbered and signed. Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Here are my latest flea market finds. This past sunday (7/13), I went to the local SF flea market(Allemany), a small, sometimes productive place to find material to work with. The first photo shows a pair of shutters of eastern european lineage(according to the dealer). I liked them especially because of all the various hardware on them, and also because of their appearance. The second find was thisVictorian fireplace mantle, it came with a beveled mirror(not shown). Third, a very plain bedside cabinet. The shutters I think I will use as doors on a cabinet. The Mantle, probably a headboard for a bed, or perhaps a sideboard cabinet. The small cabinet will be fun, I will dress it up with a shelf above, and door/s below. I look forward to posting the results in the near future.