Thursday, December 29, 2011

Alameda on New Years Day.

We will be at Alameda on Sunday, Jan. 1. Booth N-2 Come on out, should be beautiful weather!

Friday, December 2, 2011


Here are many photos of new inventory to be shown at Alameda on Sunday 12/4. We have much more than is shown here, 2 full truckloads of new pieces. It will be a beautiful sunny day, the gods are smiling!!

Closeup here shows large chimney style cabinet, beautiful cast iron eastlake hardware, salvaged antique stained glass panel found at urban ore in berkeley.

Amazing green wood was salvaged from 100 yr old cabins at Lake Cty. former hot springs resort. Media cabinet?

The iron bistro table pedastals are french, very old, purchased last month at Alameda. Antique cast iron doggie bin pulls, polished steel top. Very cool.

Antique sewing machine cast iron table base was inspiration for this piece. I have had this for awhile, was not sure how to integrate it into a piece of furniture. I am happy with result:)

This cabinet has doors from window collection purchased in petaluma several years ago. The top sections were filled with some very unusual glass acquired from a fellow alameda vendor. Thankyou Rosie!

Found the base of this nightstand at Sacto antique flea. Cast iron, very old. I have no idea what it was originally. The inspiration for the design came from a mid century modern piece I saw on First Dibs website.

The machine age base for this island was purchased a couple months ago at Alameda. Carved drawer face from antique dresser, The top is 2" maple butcher block, salvage find at Urban Ore. Has been treated with food grade mineral oil.

Another island. The cast iron wash tub frame was purchased at local junkyard. I used the tin from original tub as sides, built the rest of the cabinet within. The top is oak repurposed from antique table purchased at Allemany flea, beautiful antique cast iron eastlake hardware. Again, top is treated with food grade mineral oil. This piece is going to Zonal, great store in SF, located in Hayes Valley.

Kitchen piece? I used an old maple tabletop for surface of this piece, treated it with food grade oil so could be used for food prep. The crest is an architectural piece that would have been originally found as lintel in old brick building window. The paint was so thick the design was illegible, I had to carefully take the piece apart and chip out old paint. Worth the effort, beautiful accent.

Purchased this old bowfront dresser at Allemany
flea, gutted the top drawers and started over. Very cool colors.

Another cabinet made with beveled glass door from my Kansas Connection. The blue wood came from victorian house remodel, across the street from my warehouse. I bought the entire houseful from the contractor. He was going to take it to the dump! The brass embellishments I found on old busted up table legs found in trash pile at end of day at Alameda.

Here are a couple of vintage steel cabinets. Originally wardrobes, they now have shelving. One has been polished, the other we left the old yellow paint on.

Cool vintage drawer unit bought at allemany flea. Love the vintage glass knobs, purchased them on ebay, not sure what era they are from, 20's?

Here are some new mirrors, I had acquired some absolutely stunning victorian entry doors, was at a loss how to use them, other than taking them apart for the frags. Kind of sad to think how many of these old doors just went to the dump.

Interesting crusty rusty shelf unit. Found it at an estate sale, they had the shelves filled with flower pots. Metal has been clearcoated,and I made shelves.

Old iron bed headboard made into bench. Found it at Urban Ore. I made the seat out of boards salvaged from old NYC watertank, they are port orford cedar. Finished with spar varnish, this piece can be put outside if desired.

Another console table. Porch brackets from conneticut salvage yard. Center tile from deconstructed 150+ yr old stove, probably english.

Coffee table made from old factory cart. Replaced the top with some Ipe I had left over from a deck job I did 10 yrs ago. Glad I saved it! Steel frame has been polished.We added some rough sawn doug fir down below for additional ht., aesthetics. Really cool old cast iron wheels.

Another coffee table. Found the steel frame at Allemany flea, was originally stackable shelving unit.

Shoe benches, very popular. These are 48"

The rest of the photos below are a selection of some of the interesting, one of a kind vintage items that I have been collecting for Alameda.

I found this Victorian cabinet at Allemany flea. I was captivated bt the beveled glass top portion. It is oak, with some neat carving. I had to replace one of the lower glass sides, otherwise this piece is original, a curio cabinet?

A couple of very nice teak benches found at an estate sale. Reconditioned, oiled. Like new, ready for their new home.

A nice collection of vintage steel chairs. polished, clearcoated.

Very cool handmade tin chest. I added the knob and the round iron medallion. I have no idea what it came from, but very cool.

Friday, September 23, 2011

NEW INVENTORY, 3 SHOWS in 2 weeks!!

The following photos are of available pieces. I will be at Farmers/Artisans Market in Oakland on Saturday 9/24, 9-2, located at splash pad park, just off grand ave exit of 580. Sunday, 9/25, we will be at Petaluma downtown Antique fair, booth F-2, 8-4. Finally, we are back at Alameda on Sunday 10/3, booths n-15, and n-2. We are located on corner of row N across from food vendors. As always, shop hours are by appt., if you see something here you like, want dimensions, or cannot make it to the markets, just call me on my cell, 415 336 2784, or contact me by email at

The first couple of photos here show a massive dining table, 10 feet long by 45" wide. This table was used by a commercial construction company in their woodshop for many decades, and it looked like it when we got it. Several days with a belt sander revealed a beautiful surface, 4 x 12 doug fir beams with much character. Finished with several coats of spar varnish, this table could be placed outside year round. The second table shown is a vintage farmhouse style dining table, about 7 feet by 40", also finished with spar varnish. Both tables will be shown beginning at Petaluma show.

Here are a couple of double door cabinets. I recently purchased a large lot of vintage leaded glass doors from my midwest supplier, the second cabinet below has a nice pair of these.

Vintage steel cabinet. I have been collecting quite a bit of industrial salvage recently, and will be showing several pieces made in the industrial look.

Very cute, petite cabinet found at local flea. Label says it all, originally a piece from a scientific lab, I gutted the equipment, polished cast iron legs and the aluminum frame, made some shelves and painted with several coats of enamel.

Vintage industrial cart, polished and clearcoated, new top of roughsawn doug fir timber stock. Nightstand?

Found this dresser at local flea, really rough shape when I got it. Square nail construction, very old. The drawers were shot, so I gutted it and started over. New interior with shelves and added doors, nice small storage cabinet for pwder room or???

More industrial stock, vintage steel cabinet, on wheels. Polished, laquered, converted to wood shelves inside. Second cabinet is identical but kept the yellow painted surface, also converted to shelving.

Found this at Alameda in august as I was walking back from parking my trailer. I believe an old dental office piece, I added the small cabinet below, finials are vintage curtain rod ends, new old stock from ebay! Interesting combo of repurposed wood and steel industrial.

Another vintage steel industrial piece found at sacramento antique fair. Polished up and sealed. shelf is beatiful slab of oak, found at Urban Ore. Perfect ht. for kitchen at 36".

Small steel table with decorative scrollwork on all 4 sides, multi-colored wood top.

Multi-colored console with drawer. Antique cast iron brackets, repurposed wood throughout.

Very nice small shabby dresser with original surface. Sealed with waterbased clearcoat.

More mirrors from collection of victorian windows. Very popular.

Another console, available at The Warmth Co. in Aptos.

Chimney cabinet, available at Zonal interiors, located in SF on Hayes st.

Also at Zonal. Door was antique window purchased at local flea.

The carcass of this cupboard was found at sacto flea. Probable origin was a kitchen built in, square nail construction with 1 x 18 solid redwood back boards, very old. Upper doors added from midwest collection, new doors below made from repurposed stock. Beatiful antique hardware throughout, will be shown beginning at oakland market on Saturday 9/24.

48" bench with shelf, available. I have a full inventory now of these, many lengths. Popular for shoe storage in an entry hall.

Another bench, now available at The Warmth Co.

Massive table, again.

Console Tables here are available now at Zonal. Standard dimensions, 58 x 16 x 35" high, with shelf.

At Zonal.

Photo of sink base I made last year, in clients kitchen

Fireplace mantle, custom.

Got color? Vintage steel worktable. Polished, laquered, sold.

Another console, sold.

Jelly cabinet, door from midwest stock. Was at Zonal, sold.

Another photo of double door piece shown at top of post, avail. at upcoming markets.

Small cabinet with beatiful leaded glass cabinet doors found at urban ore in berkeley. Was at Zonal, sold.

Custom tv cabinet, client found twisty stick on the beach, brought it to me to be used for handles.

Custom jelly cabinet for Zonal client, letter "M" on bottom was provided by customer.

BIG!! TV armoire with shelves and drawer. LOTS of storage in this puppy. Custom piece.

Another console, was at Zonal, sold.

Table was vintage flea find, originally covered with linoleum, pleasant surprise to find the original painted beadboard underneath. Bench custom made to go with table. Sold.