OK … so just a quick update as things are insane lately and we’re prepping for a show this weekend, etc …
The usual PR and Propaganda upfront here’s our latest newsletter it explains the upcoming show if you’re in the NJ area this weekend “The Blending of Art & Wine” and other go’ings on in life …
As far as this bubinga slab – well while I was off in Punta Cana my father, partner, and our CNC guy decided that it would be best to make it into two tables a 96” and a 40” ... lots of reasons whatever it would have made for a nice TV show clip to have cameras there when they were figuring it out and when the news got dropped on me when I got back into the country!
Anyway – so the 8ft table is being prepped for the show, the smaller one we do not have time. It will be 8’ by up to 40” wide with a black marbleized concrete base. The base molds are in progress being made hope to cast tonight or first thing tomorrow – otherwise we have no chance of making the show with this piece … ugh … crazy lately … just insane …
The finish prep was done with the Gem Industries orbital sander – then into scraping it all down by hand to finalize the surface.
We then put two coats of MASS Epoxy low viscosity finish over it – sanded that down basically flat … and now we’re building up Waterlox original. Yes – tung oil over epoxy … why?—- There is some sponge in this and the epoxy instantly cures that issue. You can take an otherwise what may be useless slab and convert it back to functional value with the epoxy. It’s also good for locking in splintery areas and weird sections of live edges.
Waterlox will cure over the epoxy (SAND IT PROPERLY …... so it adheres … obviously …) ... The look of Waterlox just can’t be beat so we have to go that direction.
We’ll post photos of the base in progress and the finished piece ASAP. The concrete is all new to me – that would be my buddy who moved back into the area from high school (Michael Pietras) doing that crazy stunt. IDK – still out of my area and I’m used to period pieces. This bubinga project is freaking me out a bit but WTF that’s the nature of artwork sometimes!
The smaller piece will be a coffee table – in time, not this week obviously!
That’s where we are for now – perhaps if you’re around come out to Hopewell Valley Vineyards this weekend and see the piece in person. Assuming we get the thing done! ... ugh … and back to the shop on labor day I go!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com