Tuesday, November 24, 2009

An Ode to Cutting Boards

This was the highlight of my journey into the world of cutting boards. This woodworker has a brilliant simplicity. I love the compound angles on the sides of these rich wood pieces. The branding of the two squared emblems is really the perfect addition. Plus, he is clearly unaware of his brilliance as indicated by his prices. So, go to his website and support his humility. Michael Talina from Ripper Art Studio and Gallery in Kingsport, TN.


An Ode to Cutting Boards

Another fine woodworker that deserves special attention: Wolff Woodworks from parts unknown.


An Ode to Cutting Boards

An artist that deserves to be highlighted on his own: Grand Prairie Woodworks out of Chicago.


An Ode to Cutting Boards.

It's really incredible the amount you can do with this 12x16 in. slab. Intricate and complicated is sometimes as affective as simple and chunky. The weight that this round piece has is equal to the to the weight of the laminated intricacy of the pieces with several laminated species, and the feet add a subtle touch that I think adds a lot of sophistication.

An Ode to Cutting Boards

I thought that I would devote a few posts to this wonderful little kitchen staple. One thing that I've heard a lot while chucking my wears is that people don't want to use my cutting boards because they are too pretty. I think that these boards are really beautiful in their virginal state, but I also think that they would look really good after a few years heavy use. I think that they only truly exist when they have deep trenches of wear and tear. These are all images that I pulled off of Etsy, and the way that they achieve these patterns is to glue, cut up, and glue again sometimes four and five times. The one at the top has all these curves that are cut out with a band saw, smoothed and then have pieces laminated into the curves, recut, and glued several times. These are pieces that a lot of work goes into, and definitely deserve a lot of appretiation.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

J. Rusten: If I killed him and ate his brain, maybe I could be as good as him.

This guy, J. Rustin, is so super clean and he is a definite over-builder. I love to build in two or three times the strength in to my work than will ever be necessary. That type of thinking will really ensure that your work will be around for thousands of years. I really want a robot to be able to sit down at an original dining room table of mine and eat a nice meal of nuts and bolts after all the humans have left this world.

Who knew that California was such wonderfully desk shaped state. It so elegant and simple, and this gentleman TOTALLY look like he is reading something. I want to be him, or move my family in with him and never leave him alone.

Something old, something new, something carved, and something glued.

Some silly things made of wood. One thing that I would love to do is make sophisticated electronics look like they are old world and wooden. The Hummer is ridiculous to begin with, but the wheels are just awesome. In the true tradition of Lancaster, I really wish that it was being pulled horses.

The Computer is classic good. The Grecian inlay is a really good touch. I'm really interested in how this person de and re-constructed the keyboard.