The year has been off to a great start. Apart from getting some exposure with some lather brushes down in Gastown & being offered an apprenticeship in Brooklyn, NY with Palo Samko - I have landed a good number of contracts to get the ball rolling.
A big thanks to John and Kai Thompson for involving me in the Beijing Project. John is a traditionally trained Japanese temple carpenter who apprenticed during the 70s. Since, he has moved into design and completed a vast array of high brow projects. And his son Kai, who is equally talented as a technician of sorts has been on the job with his Pop since he was just a young lad. Kai has provided great insight to me while I've started to learn how to weld.
Our current project has been to produce the innards for a Penthouse suite in the downtown core of China's capital. Everything is being handcut form local (to us) reclaimed woods like Ontario Cherry, Oregon White Oak, Eastern Maple, and Ash. And shipped via container over for the install which Kai will coordinate.
Additionally, I'm excited to start another one of my own renovations and furniture builds for a wonderful couple who are moving into Point Grey from West Vancouver. I purchased an exquisite log of windfell curly Cherry from Pennsylvania. As well as some other bits of Washington grown Swiss Pear, Claro Walnut, and Oregon White Oak. Needless to say, lots and lots of designs to be coming out in the New Year.
Please inquire personally to email@example.com for all builds and commissions; small and large, replicas or custom sizing.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 11.2.11
Jeff Martin Joinery produced Shaving Brushes and Plinths.
The brushes are made from the finest pure silvertip badger hair, featuring handles turned from exquisitely figured offcuts from various furniture products. Species include Marbled English Walnut, BC Bitter Cherry, and AAAAA Claro Walnut.
The plinths are fabricated from windfall AAA Quilted Maple from the Fraser Valley.
They feature one bored-out cup for your brush and one cup for the shaving soap of your choice (pictured is Col. Ichabod Conk's Almond shaving pucks).
The wonderful duo of Savannah and Walter behind gastown's Old Faithful Shop are stocking these bad boys at $189 for the combo of the plinth, shave brush, and soap.
Head down to Old Faithful to grab yours today. 320 W. Cordova St. Vancouver, BC 778 327 9376.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 11.1.11
1.) Aerosol cans of shaving soap are extremely inefficient. They last for a couple of months and you have to dispose of an entire can; which may have been a royal achievement in design at one point - now, is monumentally stupid. A puck of shaving soap will last 12 months and only costs $6.
2.) The simple act of applying the lather brush and soap to one's face raises the hair - and provides for a cleaner shave. You don't need an old time straight razor or safety blade. Just your average product. (But when you do get sick of your razor looking like a neon and rubber toy on your vanity - check out Momentum Grooming on Burrard)
3.) Marbled English Walnut and a morning routine which hearkens back to your Grandpappy.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 6.1.11