I pulled a great door out of a house demolition recently. The paint on this door has the look I study and replicate on the furniture I build. It has a beautiful black green textured surface that invites the passer by in to look closer. With closer inspection, I noticed the front of the door was a metal sheet, similar to a safe door. Turns out it came off the bottom half of a beehive oven. It measures 15 1/2" wide x 28" high. Perhaps you may have a use for it "as is" or we could use it for a cupboard door. It has its original pintles and latch. If interested, let us know.
THE GREEN MOVEMENT IS ALIVE AND WELL AT
CREATIVE ART FURNITURE BY STEPHEN C. STAPLES
For nearly 39 years, Stephen C. Staples, co-owner of Staples Cabinet Makers Inc. has been serving the public in some form of the GREEN MOVEMENT, long before it became a recent buzzword. Reclamation expert, designer and furniture maker, Stephen C. Staples is digging deep to find new ways of re-purposing cast off materials at building job sites. Staples, designs and builds furniture and art works using lumber and architectural fragments salvaged from deconstructed sites of early New England homes, barns and factories. He is currently acting general contractor in the construction of his own Arts and Crafts home in Massachusetts. He has found a new source for material because he just couldn’t allow the cut off pieces of LVL beams to be thrown into the dumpster!
LVL (Laminated Veneered Lumber) is an engineered wood product using multiple layers of...
A Unique Barn Find!!!!! Hand Forged 18th Century Strap Hinges!
During a barn clean out, I looked up at the loft from below and saw the curled piece of iron in the photo to the right of the pipe.
I was pretty sure of what I was looking at so I climbed up into the loft. Mingled in with the lumber was the other end of the curled iron that was visible from below.
I pulled out 4 early 42" long strap hinges!
They were beauties and all hand hammered with exquisite hammered flame finials.
I took them home and immediately cleaned them up revealing their true character.
In this photo you can see the fold where the blacksmith forged welded with his hammer as he folded the strap over to create the pintel hole creating a fusion of the two sections.
Here is another shot of...
Here are some new additions to my creative art portfolio!
I will try to take you through how I create one of my tree spirits. It starts with a trip to a local stump dump.
On this day I did not expect to bring home a stump. It was suppose to be more of a scouting trip. When I found this particular stump, I had to have it and wasn't sure that the stump pile wouldn't be sent through a giant grinder by the time I returned. Luckily when I go on hikes I always have a rope tied around my waist.
I was able to turn the stump into a backpack with my rope, leaving my hands free to carry other choice pieces of wood.
It was a long walk and I was glad to get home. However my new stump was worth the carry.
Several months ago a lady brought me a slab cut from a very old white cedar tree. She knew a man with a sawmill and he gave it to her about 35 years ago. She had it stored in her barn all this time and intended to have something made with it. She recently sold her home and while cleaning out the barn she was reacquainted with the old slab. She said, "When I saw it, I knew exactly where to take it!" She was right!
It seems like the late George Nakashima, who was a renowned furniture maker, famous for his slab tables, was right on his table base designs. This white cedar slab deserved one of Nakashima's base designs. We made the base from a walnut slab, the favorite wood choice of George Nakashima.
The shape of the top is fantastic!
The shapes within the grain are beautiful! This...
We have the salvage rights to a nearby house and barn circa 1850.
The new owners bought the house for the property. A wonderful corner lot with great early morning sunshine, which has always been something I love. They told me that one family that was raised in the house had 10 kids. You can see in the photo to the left of the chimney and left of the window, I have torn off some siding to reveal beautiful wide oak sheathing.
The barn doors were mounted on a rail and roller system that is dated 1901. I have removed lots of barn doors with rollers and bars, this one had more detailed than the average. We removed them and put them in a box before I was able to photograph them.
After we pulled the floor and the sub flooring, we found wonderful chestnut floor joists. You can see the...
This past Saturday, while on my way to a deconstruction site, I passed by this firewood storage tree? Not only is this a strange way to store firewood, but how do they think they are going to get the ladder down? Now they need another ladder to get to the ladder in the tree, never mind their firewood!
Old wood is good wood
November 30th, 2011
If you want to get some new furniture for your living room or kitchen and want some nice wooden pieces, then don’t just nip down to your local furniture store.
We all know that the world’s forests have been depleted at an astonishing rate. Currently one third of the planet’s land area is covered with forest – nearly 4 billlion hectares. But since agriculture began 11,000 years ago, the natural forests have been reduced by 40 per cent. Three quarters of this loss took place during the last two centuries, in order to clear land for farming and because of the demand for wood.
For the planet to function properly, we need forests. They stabilise soils and regulate the water cycle. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide, and forests provide habitation for flora, fauna and...
A brass screw broken off and left in a trunk lid where once it was one of 5 screws holding firmly one of two hinges, can be quite a daunting task to remove without leaving a large hole in its place.
The remainder of the screw head is too short and too soft to grab with a pair of vice grips and turn to remove from the wood.
To remove the screw, slice a slot in the top protruding section with a dremmell cut off wheel.
Cut the slot deep enough to snugly fit a screwdriver tip.
Keep a firm downward pressure on the screw as you begin to turn.
Continue to firmly and slowly turn the screw, being careful not to break the thin edge walls of the screw slot you have created.
Carefully turn the screw until it has been removed.