These matching low coffee tables feature a single live edge on each piece and are made from consecutive cuts of Oregon Claro Walnut from my good friends down in Portland at Goby Walnut. The fiddleback figure and intense marbling throughout the slabs will pop when the finish is applied. The tree was salvaged from a property development project, and harvested in the unique Goby Walnut way - using minimal impact tree falling techniques and biodiesal fuelled trucks.
They rest on top of mineral streaked BC bitter cherry. These bases now await some relief cuts, handcarved lines, softened contours and fine shaping. My spokeshave and block plane are finely tuned and I can't wait to get started.
Time permitting, I will build a small semi-secret dovetailed drawer on each table - offset from center and perhaps at a peculiar angle - for all of your confidential desires and pencil stashing requirements.
Then a custom blend of mineral spirits, tung oil, and beeswax polish built up over several applications and they'll be ready to leave the shop.
I hope to have these in retail outlets for midspring - and have been talking with a local Japanese artisan sake maker about getting some furniture in his barren storefront, but if you're interested in picking up one or both - give me a shout at email@example.com
Or for more solid wood furniture handcrafted from responsibly harvested musical grade timbers check out my website at www.jeffmartinjoinery.com
Posted by Jeffuardo at 18.3.10
A surf trip looms off in the distance, but for now I'll point my nose to the zenith and count down from about 4 million.
The exchange between shaper and surfer is fascinating. Making those calibrated points of hydrodynamic science, material knowledge, wave selection, and body control meet up is endlessly fantastic to watch.
Tyler Warren and some of the greats - riding some strange craft.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 17.3.10
photo: Alex Yelizarov
Many Thanks to Amanda Panes and Alex Yelizarov at the Modline magazine for their featurette on my work and website. Take a gander.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 12.3.10
Follow the link to Jeff Martin Joinery and let me know what you think.
The site was built by the multi-disciplinary creative unit behind The Rogue Muse, Bryant Bell. He says there are plans in the work for an about section, a Monty Python Foot-esque Forearm with a python grip on a Japanese Saw dropping into the frame, some video perhaps, an interactive ordering and building function that allows the user to experiment between a selection of bases and tabletop slabs in the inventory, as well as a consistent Tumblr blog gone done right in der.
I must say I am very happy with the layout and aesthetics thus far, many kudos to Bry for his poetic take on my work.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 8.3.10
Benjamin Franklin organized the Junto, an informal networking club, in the first half of the 18th century. The small group of men - entrepreneurs, inventors, and scientists - would meet each Friday night to quaff ale and discuss business of the week.
The group consisted of working class business owners and operators - from cabinetmakers to glaziers and butchers, shoemakers and cobblers - who were also accomplished mathematicians, astrologers, and physicists.
Being in the time when all of the sciences required a high level of skill in what we now commonly refer to as "the arts" - scientists blew glass and welded and created their own tools, biologists were painters of the highest ilk. These were unsung men of renaissance who invested their money into public libraries and community development.
Later they changed their name to the Leather Apron Society - in respect to the trades that kept economy afloat.
These questions were posed to the members at the beginning of each meeting:
- Have you met with any thing in the author you last read, remarkable, or suitable to be communicated to the Junto? particularly in history, poetry, moraility, physics, travels, mechanic arts, or other parts of knowledge?
- What new story have you lately heard agreeable for telling in conversation?
- Hath any citizen in your knowledge failed in his business lately, and what have you heard of the cause?
- Have you lately heard of any citizen’s thriving well, and by what means?
- Have you lately heard how any present rich man, here or elsewhere, got his estate?
- Do you know of any fellow citizen, who has lately done a worthy action, deserving praise and imitation? or who has committed an error proper for us to be warned against and avoid?
- What unhappy effects of intemperance have you lately observed or heard? of imprudence? of passion? or of any other vice or folly?
- What happy effects of temperance? of prudence? of moderation? or of any other virtue?
- Have you or any of your acquaintance been lately sick or wounded? If so, what remedies were used, and what were their effects?
- Who do you know that are shortly going [on] voyages or journeys, if one should have occasion to send by them?
- Do you think of any thing at present, in which the Junto may be serviceable to mankind? to their country, to their friends, or to themselves?
- Hath any deserving stranger arrived in town since last meeting, that you heard of? and what have you heard or observed of his character or merits? and whether think you, it lies in the power of the Junto to oblige him, or encourage him as he deserves?
- Do you know of any deserving young beginner lately set up, whom it lies in the power of the Junto any way to encourage?
- Have you lately observed any defect in the laws, of which it would be proper to move the legislature an amendment? Or do you know of any beneficial law that is wanting?
- Have you lately observed any encroachment on the just liberties of the people?
- Hath any body attacked your reputation lately? and what can the Junto do towards securing it?
- Is there any man whose friendship you want, and which the Junto, or any of them, can procure for you?
- Have you lately heard any member’s character attacked, and how have you defended it?
- Hath any man injured you, from whom it is in the power of the Junto to procure redress?
- In what manner can the Junto, or any of them, assist you in any of your honourable designs?
- Have you any weighty affair in hand, in which you think the advice of the Junto may be of service?
- What benefits have you lately received from any man not present?
- Is there any difficulty in matters of opinion, of justice, and injustice, which you would gladly have discussed at this time?
- Do you see any thing amiss in the present customs or proceedings of the Junto, which might be amended?
So, Here's To our modern day Juntos which still amass around the world. I've recently been invited into one called the Lion's Lair which focuses on business development for young entrepreneurs based in Vancouver.
Here's To the proliferation of new wave Juntos such as the TED talks which preserve the ideals of Socratic centric societies - and look to the future in global development.
And Here's To the friendships and circles where nothing is off the table, everything still feels like discovery, and the beer is always ice cold.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 1.3.10