This commission was a real pleasure to create. The customers were free in their directions and had a great sense of budget. This freedom helped fuel the creativity and flow of the work. My days were short in feeling but long when looking at the clock. I was in the zone on this one! The customer were really happy.
The shop is full speed ahead! Sorry I have been so neglectful in my postings.
The Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is hit the paperwork wall. They want proof of this that and the other thing and I’ve supplied all I can to keep their insatiable appetite quenched. I believe i’m gaining on it. I hope so! The clock keeps ticking!
I want to work on meaningful things so I decided to tackle a stair grill/ hand railing job that I quickly mentioned in the blog post “The week of 10/24- 10/28″:
It really is all about the details. My camera is a tool that I think I’m getting the hang of using!
The hand railing is in progress and I hope to have it done by next week.
I may have a student come to help with the installation (I teach him 2 day’s a week). We shall see how things progress next week!
Well, my next job is a BIG one! I will be working with Maclay Architects on this one and so far it has been exciting to see what it is that they will have me make:
First is a fireplace screen that will be 6′ 6″ wide by 4′ 6″ tall. It will retract upwards into the stonework. The stoneworks is sure to be incredible as well as the lodge itself.
Second is a bunch of lighting from 36″ round by 36″ tall (great room chandeliers) to 8″ tall by 5″ round (hall way ceiling “down lighting”) to 4″ tall by 4″ round (room lighting).
Third is railings. I’m not sure where we are going on this but it sure would be nice if I were able to create something for Bill and crew. The last time we worked together was the railing on the home page (150+ feet of it!).
Stay tuned for the next installment of my weekly reports as this all unfolds. Interesting times at Huntington River Smithy!!
The bronze table for NYC is done and will be in rout by tomorrow.
This week started off with planning for a Blacksmith gathering here at the shop. We have not gathered together in quite a number of years and it was really great to see everyone. I always learn something new. We will meet again in January.
Meanwhile the weather has been great. the leaves were incredible. Love this time of year!!
In getting ready for Open Studio Weekend the tractor broke right in front of the shop! I was lucky to be able to push it out of the way with the truck.
So part of the linkage snapped off. I had to make a new connector. Lathe work and the milling machine were put to use making new part. All went together really well and the tractor is ready to work again.
I will be participating in the Fall Open Studio Weekend again this weekend and spent most of the week cleaning and sorting so the shop really is starting to look super nice. Part of the cleaning was done by a new student intern. He and I are getting along and figuring each other out.
Hoping to start work on a bronze table for a designer in NYC Monday. Hoping UPS pulls through and has the bronze here by then, going to be a time crunch if they fail! I’ll try to snaps some shots of the progress. Here is a drawing for now.
50″ x 50″ x 16″
Fall Open Studio Weekend was on the 1st and 2nd and will also be on the weekend of the 8th-9th of October. The Vermont Crafts Council hosts this event every year and folk from all over come to visit studios throughout the state. If you want to see how artists and craftspeople work within their studios, and are in Vermont here is a map that will help you create a tour.
I had quite a number of folk show up here and most had great questions.
We are getting busy here at Huntington River Smithy so I will double up on the weeks projects and tell you about half of what we have been up to!
I got over to Charlotte to install hooks and hangers for fire place tool. Wonderful folk are all set for the winter warmth.
I also went to the Shelburne Museum to measure up a garden arbor that they are hoping to replicate. I have to make a proposal to be presented to the trustees. FINGERS CROSSED on this one!!
Mitra Designs asked me to help build a dry bar with Brian Jones of Brian Jones Woodworking and here are some progress pictures:
So here it is (Well the first of 4 pages). Reading plans is a must!
Lots of welding (TIG) and lots of lathe/ milling machine work. I will be polishing these up so they have that “brushed” look. A bunch of work!
Not pictured is the “wave”. I had thought I could cut the shape out using a plasma cutter but just did not like the results I was seeing on test runs. So I decided to have it water jet cut. The folk doing it will have it all done by mid week. I HOPE.
OKAY I believe I’ll leave it there and get back to work!
What a fantastic vacation!
Wednesday I hit the shop running and by today I finished up 2 small jobs that came in while I was gone. The first really is not worth mentioning and the second was an order for “fire sticks” from Waitsfield Pottery.
I also had a meeting with some folk that would like me to create a panel for a opening in their stairwell and possibly a hand rail.