Monday, July 31, 2006

My first few pieces

Well this is a new venture for me. I have always thought about doing something like this. But just never got around to it. And now here I am in Launceston, Tasmania Australia and thought this would be a great way to communicate with people. As many if not most of you know My little family and I moved here in the beginning of this year. We came here so that I could attend The Australian School of Fine Furniture. It has been a very interesting first 6 months.

Moving here from Washington D.C. was no easy task. Although this is a great little city, but it is just that a little city. But that is what I like the best about it. We don't have a car, but the town is so small we can walk every where. We live right in the middle of town. And there is no traffic to contend with or even see. I love that.

The school is great. The head instructor is Neil Erasmus. You can see some of his work at , he is a great designer maker/ pretty good teacher. Having only had some minor experience in furniture making before coming here, I think my skills have improved 100 fold.

The first thing that I made was a Document/jewelry Box. The box was made out of Jarrah with a musk Veneer that was bookmatched on the top with a small black inlay around the Musk. The box was put together with handcut miter dovetails. Those are regular dovetail, but with a miter or 45 degree joint in the top and bottom. The inside there is a tray and they are both lined with leather.

The next thing that I did was a mirror. We were told that were to design this ourselves, and that it could not be just a regular frame with a mirror in it. So my design was a mirror that suspended inbetween two outer frames, that hung off the wall at an angle. The mirror is called "Shaka" which in Hawaiian means "Hang Loose" Which is exactly what the mirror does. This piece was made from myrtle with Jarrah inlays. Everything about this mirror screams mirror, the two outer frames were cut from the same piece, so that they are mirror images of each other, as with the inlay they mirror each other also.

Next I built a dining chair. Even though this was not my design, I love this chair. I've always wanted to build a chair. But I was always afraid. Mostly because of the math involved. But it was a great learning experience. The chair is made from Tasmanian Blackwood.

We have some really interesting things coming up here in the near future. I will keep you all posted.


Thomas vs. The Bucky Ball said...

Since you have started this my intrest in BLOGS has increased "100 fold"

Big Tizzle said...

Uh oh, my man is a carpentar and a blogger. Or, are these little glimpses into Kala Fine Furniture brought to us by your better half? She's at least proof-reading and editing. How does a brotha know? No ebonics. Believe it.

Anonymous said...

The chair looks really great. I'm not sure it is comfortable but the craftsmanship is to be commended. Are the back rails stemed or laminated?

ALways wanted to trymitered dovetails and yours look very tight - good job.

I would say for 6 months you are really getting something from the program and I hope you stay at it and continue to post your work.


Ryan said...

Amazing work. Makes me understand the difference between a dreaming hobbiest like me and a true professional (even in academia you may be considered a pro!).

Good luck with this incredible endevour!

Anonymous said...

Kaleo - Very impressive work bro! Never knew you had it in you. Know I can say I know a true artisan. Perhaps I can purchase something from the KALA line someday in the not too distant future.

Be good - Scott Malloy

Chris Johnston said...

Keep it going. Your doing what I dream of doing.

Coach Davies said...

I once built a chest too..but it was a chest of dreams and one day I left my dreams outside and a squirrel crawled inside and set it on fire. Now squirrels are my mortal enemies.

Thomas vs. The Bucky Ball said...

I once made a chest too. But my chest was filled with dreams and made of dove tailed hopes. I left my dreams outside one day and a squirrel crawled inside and set my dreams on fire. Now squirrles are my mortal enemies.

Anonymous said...

Sweeeet BLOG. Awsome, inspiratinal work. COuld you blog a picture of your logo? It would be great if you could note what types of wood you use on project. I bet you Auzzies have wood we Americans will never see.

So, how was your camping trip?


Anonymous said...

Big tizzle, please edit my comment: change the "you Auzzies" to "those Auzzies"..