Thursday, September 29, 2011

Leftover Chair

Guner Tatrum, Santa Barbara's local reclaimed wood expert, milled some rather large pieces of Eucalyptus for an outdoor bench we made, and luckily there were leftovers. I had a few hours of "free-time" one afternoon, and, with the help of Joy Brenneman, whipped out this whimsical combination of pierced metal, forged tapers, and engaging joinery.

Good times in the shop.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Photo Dump

Between hosting Santa Barbara Forge and Iron's first First Thursday event, building a climbing wall in Bernd's backyard, installing a cool handrail, and eating Korean food, my last few weeks have merged in to a jumble of activity. Here's to the end of summer.

This lamp will eventually reside in my living room, but for now it sits in our show-room. It's sort of an industrially-inspired work lamp, with a few forged shenanigans thrown in. And it's fully adjustable.

To my knowledge, I've never had Korean food. Erica changed that—with a vengeance. Yes, it's all as good as it looks. You should check out to fully indulge in Erica's culinary genius.

Since last winter, Bernd and I have schemed about adding an upper-headwall to his modest backyard climbing structure. Finally, in one busy Sunday afternoon, we made it happen, with the aid of Finn, Hjordis, and ginger-snap cookies. The structure stands about as high as the legendary Shed wall, and touts just as much linear feet of climbing, but the transition from super-steep to off-vertical adds a very interesting component. Good times, indeed.

After forging, assembling, and installing a rather elaborate Oaxacan-style gate at his beautiful residence, Steve Rogers commissioned SBFI to build a series of handrails leading up his front entrance. The aesthetic was still in the classic Oaxacan style—strong, slightly imposing, yet elegantly simple—but I threw in some details of my own, particularly in the brackets that supported the handrail. Thank you, Steve, for being such an amenable and supportive client!