Sunday, October 25, 2009
One of my big influences in working with wood and working with wood the way that I do is a man named Matt Burke. Now, a couple of years back I was traipsing around the MOMA in New York with some friends and I stumbled upon the special exhibition of the work of probably the foremost artist that works with wood; the amazing and talented Mr. Martin Puyear. I had formerly had no experience with Mr. Puyear's work, but I was immediately impressed. I also immediately noticed that, without pleagerizing, this must be an inspration in the work of Matt Burke. I was expressing how much of Matt I could see in this work, and how much I bet he would love this show to my, now, wife when Matt Burke himself walks up from behind me and taps me on the shoulder. Here, half a country away from where we both live, we happen to be in the same place at the same time just as I was discussing this very person.
It was the coinsodence to end all coinsodense. The timing actually could have gone like this: Me - "Wow love bug, this show is really cool. You know, I bet that Matt Burke would really love this stuff, and I bet that he finds a lot of inspiration in Martin Puyear's work. Matt Burke - "As a matter of fact, Evan, I do love this show and I do draw some influence from this incredible artist. Thanks for noticing."
That's not how it actually went, but it seriously could have. I wouldn't lie to you people.
I sincerely hope that the punny post title didn't make you puke on your keyboard. This is a classic wooden good that has already made it's way around the net a couple of times. This piece is just wonderful artistry. Every different color on this Vespa is a different species of wood. It is a masterful hand made recreation of a staple of the motorized world and I can't help but gauk at it. This is one of those things that I can't even phathom how you would begin to make. So, I guess I'll just have to oggle.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It's no great wonder that this little product caught my eye. I have a certain affinity towards Apple products already. Why wouldn't I love a beautiful hardwood case for my macbook. This is one of those things that I see on the internets that I immediately think, "I can make that." In this case, I totally could, too. Alas, I probably won't. I can never make fun stuff for myself anymore. Oh well, I'll just have to find comfort in the fact that I would have absolutely no use for it. Since I'm graduated from college I can't show it off in class, and my laptop battery no longer holds a charge so it would take one fashionable, futile trip to the airport to frustrate me. Maybe someday I'll make one for someone who gets out more.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This is one of my bowls. I thought that I would throw in something of my own once in a while. If this blog is supposed to be about stuff that's made out of wood that I think is cool, why not throw in some of my own stuff. If I didn't think it was cool, I wouldn't have made it that way, right? This piece was the culmination of my college career and I recently entered it in a turning competition in Harrisburg. Wish me luck. If I win they give me more tools.
A good lesson to learn before undertaking a woodworking project is that curves is hard. It looks like this person sandwiched tree pieces of a cheaper wood betwixt some nice maple veneer and then clamped it between a mold made of wood to keep the curve. This is very clever use of negative space, and using the zebrawood for the drawer slide was a nice, subtle use of color.
I found these on Etsy. I'm really in to very customized pieces made for specific electronics or made for specific objects. If you look at old cameras, tools, and binoculars, a lot of old objects had custom fit cases. Everything is better when it's made of wood.