Auto Rickshaw

Posted on February 1, 2015

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This is one illustration in a on-going series I’m working on, The Streets of India. The auto is likely the most common site on the street. They are a necessity in city travel.

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Mapping

Posted on November 25, 2014

map

I discovered Mapbox Sudio recently, at which I was very excited. I’ve been looking a mapping program since I came across OpenStreetMaps a while back. But I couldn’t find anything that didn’t require a big learning curve. I needed something quick and intuitive for my purposes. And this is exactly what Mapbox Studio provides. It’s quite amazing for a free program.

I’m attempting to use it for site drawings and city locations for a series we’re doing on some of the roasters in our area. I’m hoping to create a comprehensive profile for the roasters. We’ll see what we end up producing.

Textile Block Printing

Posted on November 25, 2014

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[Block print pattern study]

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Fruit Vendors

Posted on November 25, 2014

fruit stall

Fruit stalls are prolific here. I quite enjoy them. There is no better place to find color, patterns, and repitition. A feast for the eyes. Here is a sketch and illustration study I did on one of the stalls down the alley from us.

stalls

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Work Table

Posted on June 18, 2010

drawing table

Here’s the latest project from the wood shop. A drawing board/all-purpose work table. I made one a while back for myself out of some scrap cedar we had from the wedding to put my drawing board on. Kristen’s sister, Jenni, put in an order for one recently. I made this one out of a maple veneered plywood, with pine for the saw horse style legs. The top has a nice surface of translucent Vyco on it. It’s a simple little project that has seen much use!

Platform Bed

Posted on March 4, 2010

So, it only took me a little over 6 months, but my promise to make our first bed has been kept,

It is now complete!!

platform bed

Check out a few more pictures on Flickr: The Platform Bed

What a project to undertake. It’s a rather simple design, but has taken a while to come together. Especially only having the weekends to work on it for a while. Not having any work lately has allowed me to get it finished up.

Another part that took a while was finding the wood. I wanted to use rough sawn lumber, for a finished, rustic look. So after scouring craigslist for weeks I finally found a guy who had cleaned out a saw mill that had closed.

Kris and I went late one evening on the spur of the moment and it ended up getting dark by the time we got there, so I tried to pick out these huge planks of rough sawn lumber in the headlights of my car. After planing it down we discovered that we ended up with a mix of pine and oak.

Only when we bought this wood I forgot to calculate for enough to make the head board. So, the frame has been together for a while now, but I just recently found another guy to buy more wood from, some beautiful white oak, and was able to finish the head board.

All in all it was a fun project, but I’m glad to say that it’s finally done. Whew.

platform bed 2

New Shelf

Posted on January 17, 2010

the bath shelf

so we needed a shelf for our bathroom. there’s hardly any storage in there, so our hallway was doing the job of holding most of the items that didn’t have a place.

and seeing as i still had some of the cedar wood leftover from the piece i built to go on the stage at our wedding, i knew it would work perfect.

after putting the first coat of poly on the bed yesterday i turned my attention to the shelf. it was a quick little job. i used the table saw to cut a groove for the acrylic door to sit in and then i mitered the corners and finally joined everything with a biscuit jointer.

it turned out nice and does the job.

in progress

Posted on January 8, 2010

i’ve been quite busy since i started working a few months ago but i have found time here and there to work on the next project: a bed.

i don’t have any process pictures, so you’ll have to wait for the final images of it. but as a preview, it’s a platform bed that i made out of some rough sawn lumber i came across on craigslist. the guy i bought it from had bought all the wood from an old sawmill that closed down.

it’s been a fun project, but definitely takes some time. check back soon for more pictures.

athenaeum inspired card holder

Posted on October 15, 2009

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i’m not exactly sure how i came across this piece, but i found it on the anthropologie website. my wife is a huge fan of their home decor and especially their clothing. i’m actually jealous they don’t have men’s clothing because i love their style as well.

anyway, i decided to try to build my own desktop card holder. i’ve been in search of something to hold letters, cards, envelops, papers and any other odds and ends that clutter up the desk and this seemed to be the perfect piece.

so, i bought a sheet of metal from lowe’s and was able to cut everything i needed out of that one piece. i had some leftover scrap cedar from an earlier project that i used for the wood. it turned out really nice. might look into painting it a darker color, but it works great for now.

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create

Posted on September 15, 2009

I like to have small projects going all the time. This one was started as a demolition job. My sister and her husband were getting new closets installed. I was enlisted to tear out all the old shelving. A few wide pine boards remained.

shelf

I cut the boards to two lenths, mitred the corners and made an L-shaped building block. These were left free of each other to allow for different configurations when setting them up; depending on the space desired to fill. I sanded them down fairly well, and then we painted them and put a few coats on polyurethane on them to give the surface a little protection.

It turned out to be a fun project and gave us some much needed shelf space and a nice little end table for the couch.

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