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Project by ferstler posted 185 days ago 684 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been retired for several years and while I dabbled for years I only got into woodworking seriously after I was free from my job at the local university.

During this period I have done woodworking that mainly involved building furniture (audio cabinets, audio speakers, desks, bookcases, lamp stands, lamps, coffee tables, etc.) for our house. I have posted several project articles about these various pieces on this site in the past. During my long career working for a local university I also did freelance writing for various audio magazines on (of course) audio topics, and this explains why I put my woodworking and electronic skills to use building the audio speakers noted above.

I also did carpentry work, adding two rooms to my existing workshop out back, as well as an adjacent deck next to the shop for doing woodworking outdoors, and I also did quite a bit of carpentry work on our house itself, installing solid-wood doors as replacements for the tract-home doors in our house, adding reinforcement timbering to the attic, and building and installing cabinets, front doors, back doors, and closet doors.

Some time back, I decided to start making wood art collages (both in bright-colored and stained woods and in weathered woods, lightly stained), chess boards, and frames for various photographs that I made a few decades back when I was a serious “art” photographer. My works have been well received and I now have nearly 50 items in four local art galleries, a dozen of which have sold over the past three months.

Lately, one important local gallery wanted to exhibit (and sell) my items, but the curator wanted exclusivity with specific styles, and so I started making wood sculptures and even lamps for that facility. Some of my items are shown in the attached photos. This particular batch is made of stacked and glued together red and white oak boards that have been stained and clear coated, with some parts also of redwood. The black bases under some of them are simple pine. It is interesting how items like these, as well as my collage art pieces, appeal to people who want more than assembly line produced items from far-eastern knick-knack factories.

Tools included my table saw, miter saw, band saw, spindle sander, bench-type belt sander, shaper, drill press, sanding blocks, and of course stains and clear coats.

I will continue to make collages, chess boards, and items like those illustrated here as long as customer demand dictates.

Howard Ferstler





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 185 days ago

very nice sculptures.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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amagineer

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#2 posted 185 days ago

very unique pieces.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 185 days ago

Cool designs.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 184 days ago

I like the next to last one best [orange one].

-- Dan P.

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ferstler

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#5 posted 184 days ago

DanielP. I made one very similar to it out of maple for my wife a few years ago. Ironically, the one you like was NOT selected for sale by the gallery curator, because she wanted a maximum of four items from me at that time and liked the other stuff more. If the others sell, it will of course be put on exhibition. The slash-shaped one at the very end of the photo gallery was also not selected, even though the curator really liked it. As with the other reject, it will go on display if some of the other items sell.

A photo of the one I made for my wife is attached. I think I posted an article here about it after I made it.

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#6 posted 180 days ago

Cool art sculptures! Like the unique shapes and attractive wood combos. Great job!

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