Thursday, December 6, 2012

New inventory, Alameda Antique fair scheduled for Sunday 12/9 (Rollover date)

Due to the storm systems that came thru No. Ca. last Sunday the Alameda antique fair was rescheduled for this Sunday 12/9 We will be there in booths N-2 and N-15. Looks to be a nice sunny day.                                                                                                                                                                First photo above shows coffee table made from antique mine cart. This cart was pulled out of a mine in the Sierra foothill gold country. Polished steel frame, bowling lane top. Yeah, its heavy:) Next photo is table made from maple bowling lane stock as top. The base is an antique cast iron industrial machine stand, adjustable ht. Beautiful patina.
Chimney cabinet. Antique cast iron hardware, the decorative pattern on the hinges is amazing. Very unusual and rare hinges. Door and beadboard salvaged from SF victorian remodel.

This coatrack started out as an old standing lamp. I almost threw it away, the top paint layer was especially ugly and I thought that the detail was plaster. I used paint stripper to reveal beautiful vintage black walnut, intricately carved. The "hooks" are actually french shutter dogs, cast iron, a womans face with cute hat.
Wine rack, the frame/legs are old wooden painters ladder, repurposed wood throughout. The cedar/zinc bottle rack salvaged from estate wine cellar.

Jelly cabinet, door salvaged from victorian, probably small closet. Beautiful antique cast iron/brass hardware. Beadboard sides. The decorative element at top is part of an antique advertising pc., close-up below, very cool. Promoting a St. Louis shoe co.

Industrial locker with shelves and top added.

A few more industrial pcs. Top cart has handle, new metal swivel wheels, nice kitchen pc. Or?? Cart below is stamped "Canada", heavy gauge steel, probably originally in a factory, wheels are cast iron, very heavy duty. Tops on both are from the bowling lane stock.

Polished steel drawer units. Deco period? Laquered.
This cabinet started out as a primitive that I purchased at Sacto flea. Originally had a slanted top, appeared to be a stand up desk of some kind. The interior and rest of the cabinet was in pretty bad shape. Sometimes rehabbing these old primitives can be extremely time-intensive, but worth it. Beautiful colors/patina under the top layer are revealed. Completely rebuilt with new flat top:)

Quite some time ago I purchased a built-in hutch from urban ore in berkeley, it was huge. Been taking up storage room in the shop for over a year, figured it was time to make something out of it. This cabinet was built from the top portion of the built-in. Beautiful etched floral design in the thick beveled glass doors, I believe from the craftsman period.
The bones of this cabinet are from another old cabinet carcasse picked up at the Sacto flea. Fluted face frame elements, very elegant trim details. Antique cast iron hardware, the decorative element added at top has an old victorian picture nail in center.
Another industrial cart, bowling lane stock for top.
Vintage steel storage locker, shelves added. The brass tags at top indicate this is from  "Shell Oil" , some kind of natural gas apparatus storage. Nice bluegreen patina.
Wine cabinet/bar from vintage "Snap-on" tool cart. Polished, laquered. On wheels.

The cast iron base on this coffee table was made here in an oakland, ca. foundry. Perhaps was base for very large industrial size hot water heater. Very old.
Corner cabinet picked up at a salvage yard, distressed, rebuilt.

Friday, November 2, 2012

New pieces, to be shown Sunday, Nov 4 at Alameda, booths N-2,15

We will have these new pieces plus many more at Alameda on Sunday. First photo is a cabinet I made starting with an antique Beech-Nut display stand. I disassembled the metal shelving unit and built a cabinet that fit within the frame. Very tricky! The wood in this cabinet was salvaged from an old West Oakland victorian, beautiful colors and appearance. Antique brass and cast iron hardware, nice.

This is an antique steel medical wall cabinet from the St. Louis area. I made new shelves for it, otherwise left as is. Nice Patina.

Turquoise frame console, very beachy colors. The center embellishment is from an antique french table, condition was so far gone that I just disassembled it and used the decorative elements.
Here are several maple top coffee tables made from bowling lane stock. The shelf is oak boards salvaged from old lawyers cabinet.

Another maple top, steel drawer unit polished up, nice industrial piece.

Here are several colorful coffee tables. The two in upper photo have bases made from salvage pieces that came from a lot of salvage that I purchased from a St Louis area barn stash.

Rusty iron base coffee table, nice fall colors for top.

Here are a couple more wine racks I have been making from wine cellar racks purchased from a large estate wine cellar. The racks are zinc and cedar.

More pieces from the bowling lane stock. Very ornate cast iron sewing machine base for the desk ht. piece on the right.

This cabinet incorporates some very nice Deco architectural elements that came from the St. Louis area. They are copper clad cast iron, likely were embellishments from exterior of large commecial building. The hardware on this piece is all copper clad also.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New inventory, to be shown Sunday 9/30 at Petaluma Antique fair, Sunday 10/7 at Alameda antique fair. There are two posts here, be sure to check out the photos in the second post

Here are several photos of Dining table made from Maple slab of salvaged bowling lane stock. The legs are made from steel lintels found at urban ore.

Console table, maple bowling lane top, polished steel edging, base is vintage cast iron and steel machine stand.

Top photo is vintage steel dental cabinet found at SF flea. Pine bowling lane top. Trim is american cherry, I deconstructed some 100+ yr old church pews from Oklahoma, milled the wood into trim stock.
Very unusual steel and cast iron base was originally typewriter stand. There is a lever down below that raises and lowers stand, there are wheels inside the cast iron bells at bottom, lever allows stand to be wheeled around or be stationary. Very clever. Bowling lane stock for top.

Found this antique blue box at Sacto flea. Love the patina, colors. I added hardware, legs, nice as small coffee table.
Vintage yellow steel locker above, shelves added. Another locker below, all new shelves inside. Very pretty colors, laquered.

Pieces to be shown at Petaluma, Alameda, part 2

Pair of
end tables, bowling lane stock for tops, legs are parts from victorian era doors. Bottom shelves are oak, salvaged furniture parts.
French Bench, modeled by Sascha, shop diva. Unusually large bench,
we sanded off top layer of ugly paint and wow look what we found underneath.
Next piece is kitchen island ht., on wheels, very interesting industrial cart thingie. No idea what it was originally but I really liked the curves, chipped green paint. Bowling lane top and bottom shelf.

Green tile table. Found several of these at local salvage yard. Very clever primitive fabrication, Mexico? The base is made from vintage rope spool, I took it apart, LOVE the graphics, color. This pc. has been varnished, ok for exterior use.

Got Color? Beachy blues and greens, double door cabinet.
Jelly cabinet, door is vintage sash window with very cool obscured glass. The cast iron medallion as decorative embellishment up top was found at Sacto flea, very old.
I found this steel cabinet at urban ore, very rough. Originally a fuel tank, very heavy steel, somebody welded hinges, cut and made doors, etc. We spent many hours polishing the steel then laquered. I added wheels, hardware.

I Beam coffee tables. Top one is pine, bottom maple, both from bowling lane stock. Steel I beams are polished and laquered.

Colorful small coffee table from vintage wrought iron base, old beadboard.

Couple more industrial pcs. Top one is an island made from vintage welding table, on wheels. 3/4" steel plate top, polished and laquered with a bottom shelf made from bowling lane stock. Below is steel shelf unit on wheels, polished, laquered.
Couple of colorful benches with lower shelves.

Wine cabinet, racks originally part of a huge wine cellar. I purchased several large arrays and cut them into smaller sections. The feet on this one are from antique stove, very cool zinc architectural fragments on ends, they are grape clusters.

Several more colorful benches. Very Beachy:)