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Blog series by Eric M. Saperstein updated 645 days ago 12 parts 21573 reads 63 comments total

Part 1: Stage 1 - the aquisision of wood ...

1042 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 13 comments »

So … a woodworker wandering around freely in a lumber yard is, as I’m sure all ya’all are acutely aware of, often an expensive expedition. This past Tuesday I stopped into one of our local yards (Willard Brothers) to drop off a batch of quarter sawn white oak planks and about ten slabs from a 375+ year old tree … a rather covert project we kicked off a few weeks back. This material will be kiln dried and we’ll be processing it into a variety of custom hand mad...

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Part 2: Part II - the slab gets cut and prepped ...

954 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 6 comments »

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 … http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/docs/Artisans_Quarterly_Review_Vol4_Issue3_2011.pdf As far as this bubinga slab – well whi...

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Part 3: A Teaser - The Finished Table!

931 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 1 comment »

OK – this is just a teaser shot, but you’ve all been very curious what the plan was for this piece of bubinga i bought last summer. Obviously the floor and the concrete here do not provide the appropriate contrast. This table has remained on display at Hopewell Vineyards after our recent event “The Blending of Art & Wine” ... (Event info: http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/docs/Blending_of_Art_and_Wine_2011.pdf) We ended up cutting the bubinga slab dow...

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Part 4: MORE wood! - Let's go on past just the bubinga slab - WE GOT MORE WOOD!

835 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 4 comments »

Our next batch of Speculation wood – destined for interesting projects of random sorts as we see fit. UNLESS of course someone commissions something based on an inspiration from the images! This is what happens when we wander into a lumber yard – it’s hard to leave without coming home with MORE WOOD! ... Along with our scavenging efforts its hard not to make a few key purchases. Our plan for most of this is to use the unique wood as a contrast to our concrete base designs...

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Part 5: Just bought a stack of rounds

827 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

So today’s “What do I do with this wood?” ... question is about a stack of oak rounds – for some reason the photo of the stack didn’t come through. I think there’s 7-10 of them ranging from 2” – 4-5” thick. I’ll add that photo later when I get one. The wood is still air dried – has to go into the kiln so it’ll be a while before it’s in hand. So we’re obviously leveling and sanding them, then ya know ...

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Part 6: Photos of the Rounds & an S curve walnut flitch

825 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 4 comments »

These are the rounds (now in the kiln) that will be used for gaming tables mentioned in the last entry … 9 of them should give us some good options. I’m thinking a nice simple S curve walnut flitch bench out of this one. Pondering legs, maybe osage since we now have that or mulberry with some interesting looking rough cross beams. Maybe 8 legs kinda cater-type-piller look out of the flitches along the curve of the piece. Ideas keep coming along – TIME and m...

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Part 7: MANZANITA BURL ... ok really what do I do with this wood?

824 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 6 comments »

This just looked cool on eBay … so I bought it. IDK yet what I’m gonna do with it, it’s speaking it wants to be involved in a display of some sort of taxidermy project. It’s too cool to cut up and turn into small objects there’s other chunks of burl available out there which don’t look as interesting among themselves. Now that you’ve looked at it – I think it would look neat as is maybe with a light shellac or tung...

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Part 8: Blood Red Manzanita Burl - Another Cool Pending Project

821 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 8 comments »

OK – this is a green Manzanita Burl 9” by 8” by 8” tall … just got it off eBay should arrive this week I guess! Thinking two bowls ??? IDK yet … Sooner or later I gotta stop buying wood and actually make something out of it. OR do I ??? – we’ll see … Of course someday all of this will appear in the projects section when we figure out what to do with this wood, and then go ahead an do it!

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Part 9: Two Cherry Slabs and a Mulberry Spat!

767 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 9 comments »

Our quest for wood continued this past week – two amazingly figured cherry slabs jumped out at me while wandering through the local lumber mill. Positioned in a flipped butterfly position these two combined would make a great table. I’m thinking of finding two old growth beams – reclaimed lumber – and forming a mortis and tenon “H” as a structure for the slabs. We’re going to setup to inlay the labs keeping all the edges live into the beams leaving...

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Part 10: A Giant Walnut Butterfly

756 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 0 comments »

So – I think we’ll build a table around it … tempting to do sorta like a Russian egg type deal with butterflies into butterflies into butterflies … but we’ll see. Just happened to pick these up this morning so … Here’s what we have so far: These look like a giant butterfly and they will stay that way mounted thing end end-to-end . I’m making a table – around them that may or may not be shaped out in some funky way like a ...

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Part 11: Moving The Redwood Burl Table Along ...

730 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 6 comments »

Moving along with our redwood burl project – we decided to put in some interesting butterflies along the crack lines. Mike’s been working on that effort – obviously we sanded the top a bit to get a good look at the surface. Thinking we dye the edges black and we’ll be casting a nice concrete base of some form of interesting shape or another for it. Epoxy and tung oil finish is likely in order. Gotta put the epoxy on redwood to strengthen it, too soft otherwise to be...

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Part 12: Moving The Redwood Burl Table Along ... Part II

645 days ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 4 comments »

Well this is now a commission – and it’s going to get a Wenge base pending design. We’re going to work on a foam mockup first, a unique concept with a suspended drawer. Too much to explain, but this will be very interesting when it’s done! You’ll have to wait for the photos … but here’s the top “almost” finished still needs some work. Projected completion – probably September at this point we have a LOT going on. We’ll post...

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