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Cherry Dining Table (Part 1)

I have been working on a design for a solid cherry dinning table. Just finished marking out, sawing and chiseling the finger joints for the apron. Cherry is such an awesome wood to work with. Very excited to see the 12/4 apron oiled up at the end. More to come from the studio on this project.

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WhichCraft? at the Harvest Gallery

Our first gallery opening this past Saturday went beautifully. We were joined by an incredible range of Nova Scotian Craft artists: silk, ceramics, stone, metal and wood. We couldn’t be more proud to be displayed in the company of such skilled craftsmen. 

The show opened on October 29th in Wolfville at the Harvest Gallery and runs until November 19th. Come and see our beautiful walnut coffee table featured on the website as well as a collaborative piece with metal artist Brad Hall called ‘Katie Burnt’. 

Visit the Harvest Gallery website for more information. http://www.harvestgallery.ca/

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Update

Neither Alex or I have done too much with social media in the past so blogging is a new idea for me. I’ve always loved story telling and sharing ideas with friends and family so I’m excited by the idea. It may however take a little while to get used to keeping up with our news as it comes, especially being so busy. So a quick update for now. We have a few projects on the go, three for clients at the moment. 

For one, we’ll be taking final measurements on site tomorrow night. Six dining chairs and three matching barstools. The client wanted a classic Shaker style set that would accompany a Maple dining table and sideboard another artist had custom made their home. The Shaker style is not typically my design aesthetic but I'm really happy with the design. Our proposal was as close to Shaker as possible but a little lighter and more modern to add our stamp. They loved the design and we’re very excited to pick up our Maple asap. 

Another is a live edge boardroom table, the slab is white oak and just gorgeous, a lot of splitting down the middle which is visually lovely but will add some challenges to the design. Our client is a sweetheart but the base design is taking a little longer to nail down then expected, this being the only current project with a fast deadline, we're hoping tonight's meeting will allow us to move forward. 

We’re also working a cherry dining table, we spent a long time selecting the boards to make this piece colour match perfectly. I had built up quite the sweat by the time we had found enough boards in the perfect shade of pink. The design is speaks of a traditional farmhouse table with a tiny bit of flare in the oversized apron which enables the corners to be attached with an impressive finger joint. This is Al's love child and the clients are also thinking about adding matching chairs once the piece is completed. 

We’ll keep you updated with photos and tweets of these projects as we go!

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Katie's first Medford project

It took awhile to get started. There's more to setting up shop then I could have ever imagined. We still have so much to do. We will be building our out feed table soon, as well as a chop saw station. Alex is out there now setting up our new router table. Buuuuut I just want to start building! 

I've been busy milling up wood for upcoming projects while working on a barstool prototype. Thought I'd share my progress. It may be a simple stool but it is still quite a few steps. Getting the initial form on paper, dimensioning on Rhino with a quick 3D model and building a cardboard model to scale. I'm now finishing up my ash prototype and have the walnut for the final milled and ready to go. I have a few tweeks to make in the sizing of the chair seat (to be fibre rushed) but it's so much easier now that I can actually sit on the piece. 

Being relatively new to woodworking, doing a hardwood prototype let me explore things like shaping and get a feel of the scale and weight of a product. I really want it to feel strong and comfortable but also to look delicate. 

I have a feeling our house will be filled with some pretty neat prototypes by the end of the year. I'll put up some pictures of the final piece soon!

Katie

I especially like the tuck tape accents 

I especially like the tuck tape accents 

Ash prototyping with some test shaping

Ash prototyping with some test shaping

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Setting Up Shop

The evolution of the shop. From garage to studio. 

We had great luck with our garage, it was the main reason we bought the property. The wood stove was in great condition, the floor had no cracks and it was even dry walled. All we had to do was tape, mud, paint and set up!

Everyone has a different way of working...

Everyone has a different way of working...

Clear and ready

Clear and ready

For new toys!!!

For new toys!!!

Not too shabby

Not too shabby

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Bare Bones!

This project ended up being massive. After moving Alex and I quickly realized that we didn't have a vapour barrier or nearly enough insulation. So we knew we had to gut. Doing the whole house would have been crazy and we need to live and work so we settled that this winter we would tackle the back half of the house, the bedroom and office and the attic that spans them. 

Taking down walls to studs!

Taking down walls to studs!

We started by gutting everything. After spraying some mildew with bleach we added some 2x2s to the existing joists so that we could fit R24 insulation. We added strapping to the ceiling (not having been dry walled previously I guess they found no need). It was actually great to do this, the electrician was very happy to not have any walls in the way when wiring. 

Bathroom (between the den and bedroom) ceiling getting a vapour barrier

Bathroom (between the den and bedroom) ceiling getting a vapour barrier

Now to rebuild. The bathroom was relatively newly done so we kept the walls and ceiling a applied the vapour barrier from the attic. This took a lot of salamader-ing to get the baffles in and the barrier tight. The other two rooms got the normal treatment, lots of tuck tape. We discussed getting our contractor to find someone to drywall for us but with a little guidance from my dad and a few youtube videos we managed pretty well. 

A little paint on the walls and finish on the subfloors and we're good to go! We decided to leave the windows unfinished as we plan to replace them in the spring. Taking up the floors was quite the experience underneath the carpet was three layers of different laminates all stylized to look like old fashioned rugs.  

Alex hard at work like usual

Just about done!

Just about done!

Time to move in (baseboards to come) 

Time to move in (baseboards to come) 

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Who needs basement walls anyway?

First things first, we knew we needed to deal with our very wet basement... So here's some insight to how that went and how we got our... still not quite cozy but pretty darn DRY basement.

The basement walls were saturated with water prior to the reno.

The basement walls were saturated with water prior to the reno.

So dealing with this mess the only real solution to prevent further damage was to just knock the whole thing out. We had some amazing guys from D&T construction come in and excavate and sledge hammer up half our basement.

Our house kinda feels like it's just hovering in space

Our house kinda feels like it's just hovering in space

Boom! New basement and ripped up yard

Boom! New basement and ripped up yard

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Lets do this.

I'm no photographer but this will give you an idea. Not a bad location eh?

I'm no photographer but this will give you an idea. Not a bad location eh?

Alex and I displaying a healthy amount of happiness and fear

So we bought a house, love it, sure it needs a little work but we’ll live in the mess for a couple of weeks and meanwhile be setting up our new business, no sweat. We took possession in November so we’ll be done by December right?

Ha! Fools! House renos quickly turned from just removing wall paper to removing walls... and ceilings... our concrete foundation walls... 

 

We thought about keeping the popcorn ceiling... but not for very long.

Our first sleep over at our new house was New Years Eve 2016. We slept on an air mattress on a pile of 3/4 inch ply. And boy did it feel amazing, until we realized we had a lot of fume producing jobs left to do and had to move back out for two weeks. 

But now we’re in! 26, and 27 owning our first house and business feels pretty darn amazing. 

 

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