Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One Last Shot

There is one opening left for the class that I am teaching at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking beginning this Friday. I am excited because we are trying a new format. The class is being broken into two sessions of three days a piece. This will allow the students to finish some of the parts at home which will take some pressure off of the class and give us a chance to rest. If most of my teaching didn't involve long distance travel, I would probably do all of my classes this way. As I said, there is still one opening, I hope to see you there.

Here is a prototype for a Birdcage rocker that I am developing. I has always loved this style and am having a ball making it with all of the techniques and design ideas that I've been playing with for the past few years.

I went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston a week or so ago and saw an amazing Samuria exhibit. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a couple of distinct quirks. I wake up every night for a couple of hours in the middle of the night and I generally use the time to memorize every moment of Akira Kurasawa films, especially the Samurai genre.
I have always admired the Black lacquer of the Japanese, but felt the application would be a pain on my chairs. I decided to paint this chair a solid black, which strangely enough, I don't think that I've ever done before. Coupled with the shellac that I have been using these days, the black milk paint finish gives a nice nod to the Japanese lacquer finish and goes well with the Asian influence of the style.
I used a goldenrod undercoat and cream in the v notches.

I've got another decorative addition, but I'm not quite ready to share!


Bern said...

And here's me in the middle of a Birdcage Rocker. Inspiring finish Pierro. Really beautiful.
Thank God I've got all that milk paint from the other mob!
I've got a new shave horse design for you. Show you when it's done.

Noxter said...

You are very talented. I think it's very exciting to design a chair with your hands. Follow your dream and be happy crafting works of art.

Unknown said...

Can't wait to see the other addition! What talent! The only thing that keeps me in the shop for hours and hours are these new work boots. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Awesome makeover!.It looks great, Can't wait to see the other addition! Top quality furniture company