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Front Door Unfinished
This unusual round top door is being custom made for an unusual home that has an unusual short rounded top front entrance that evokes castles from medieval times.

Front Door Unfinished


Counter Top with Butterfly Joints (2 images)
This counter top was inspired by the renowned Japanese American wood worker/furniture designer/architect George Nakashima who was trained as a Japanese craftsman and spent the latter half of his life working out of a wood shop in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Nakashima routinely built large tables using thick slabs of wood with rough unfinished sides to represent the natural, wild origin of the wood. Nakashima used the buttefly joints, a signature characteristic of his, to join two large slabs and to fix natural occuring cracks in the slabs. The wood for the counter top came from a black walnut tree that grew in Pearl River, NY. The butterfly joints are made of white maple.

Counter Top with Butterfly Joints


Counter Top with Butterfly Joints after


Chest (2 images)
The chest is made out of wood. The hardware was bought at the local hardware store.

Chest


Chest Closeup


Burial Box (2 images)
This box was used to hold the ashes of our deceased father. It is buried at the Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey. The box is made of a Brazilian hard wood called Ipe which was selected for its durability. The cuts for the joinery used to connect the sides were cut by hand with a Japanese handsaw called a Douzuki Dovetail saw. The finish is three coats of tung oil.

Box


Box Opened


Carriage House Doors (2 images)
Four 19th-century carriage house doors, each measuring seven and one half feet wide by ten feet tall, were carefully restored for a private residence in Tuxedo Park, New York. The carriage house, once used to garage horse buggies, now contains the client’s valuable collection of automobiles. The doors are made of Southern Yellow Pine.

Carriage House Door after


Carriage House Door before


High Chest of Drawers (2 images)
These high chest of drawers were built with an aim to provide an abundance of storage space. They were made using hand-cut joinery. The two types of joinery used are dovetail and mortise and tenon. There were no nails and no glue used and the only screws in the piece were used to attach the top surface and install the drawer pulls. The piece is 59" high, 36" wide and 19" deep and it is made of white maple with clear cedar used in the inner drawers.

High Chest of Drawers Front View


High Chest of Drawers Joinery Detail


Gusset
A client asked for decorative brackets for the ceiling of an exterior porch. Four were made of clear cedar.



End Table
A client who needed end tables as well as storage to accommodate oversized books commissioned this piece, made as a pair. Maple finished with a clear stain complements a modern, uncluttered environment while lending a natural touch.



Side Table (2 images)
Inspired by the work of Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, this compact side table was made of salvaged California redwood. The clients, who have an interest in both design and conservation, asked that such imperfections as nail marks and uneven coloring be incorporated to lend the pieces a more organic feeling. The tables are finished with a clear varnish. The detail shows their trapezoidal dovetailing.

Side Table



Detail of Side Table


Outdoor Chair
The design of this outdoor chair is based on those used on the grounds at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx. Originally designed by Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld, this updated version is made of clear cedar coated with an oil-based finish.



Cedar Outdoor Chest
This outdoor chest was designed to hold a sandbox in it's interior and other outdoor toys (chalk etc.). The design is simple utilizing no hardware. It is made of knotty cedar coated with a 100% pure tung oil finish.



Cedar Fence
A client wanted a private fence at their property boundary with lattice on the top sixteen inches for limited visibility. The posts are 4x4 pressure treated southern yellow pine. The structure is built with western red cedar 2x4's and the large panels below are knotty grade western red cedar tongue and groove. The lattice is made of #1 western red cedar. The post caps are 4x4 flat top cedar with cedar ball tops. No finish was used.



Slabs (2 images)
Local Bergen County oaks four feet in diameter were slabbed to a thickness of four inches for use as fireplace mantles, bar tops, table tops.

Slab Being Sawed


Cut Slabs


Latticework
Eight substantial lattice structures were created for a landscape architect in Upper Grandview, New York. Used in the design of a private residential garden, the latticework was constructed of clear Western Red Cedar with a clear oil-based finish.



Spice Rack
This spice rack was commissioned for a client’s urban kitchen, which boasted large wall spaces but few cabinets. Measurements were made to accommodate their variously sized containers. Having all of the spices hanging on the wall out in the open prevents the common mistake of purchasing more than one bottle of a particular spice. This mistake happens to people who keep their spices inside a cabinet; when they realize they need a spice for a recipe, they open their spice cabinet to see if they already own it, but they miss seeing it because it is buried at the back of the cabinet so they inadvertently go out and buy a second or third bottle of the same spice. Made of maple with a clear stain.



Bookshelves (2 images)
Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves custom made for clients’ differing storage needs. Built-ins enhance a room’s size and structure while exploiting maximum capacity for storage and display. Freestanding units are made to order yet easily movable for changing applications and locations.

Built-in Bookshelves

Freestanding Bookshelves


Room Divider
A client sought an elegant, yet simple solution for the creation of a foyer in order to make a more discreet transition from her house’s main entry to living area. Her love for painting led to the commission of a room divider, which she could then personalize with her own artwork. The natural color and grain of the resultant paneled screen were so pleasing, however, that she decided to let the wood speak for itself.