I was commissioned by Evan Marks of The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano to make some giant gems for their garden area. Although I only needed two days to build the gems, I decided to make my trip last a week to coincide with my wife’s amazing event, California Home + Design’s Small Space Big Style Showhouse in Hollywood. Since I grew up in the area, I got to see a lot of my old friends… and build them stuff along the way. Here’s what was built while on the road:
The day I drove into Santa Clarita Valley, where my mom lives, my friend Todd told me his son’s birthday was the following day. Todd had just bought a table saw and wanted some lessons so I decided to make something for his son. What did his son want? A chair. So we used some scrap plywood he had lying around and I showed him some tricks.
All clamped up. It was almost 100 degrees that day so the glue set exponentially quicker than I’m used to in San Francisco.
The throne is done. Happy 6th to Jackson.
I mentioned to my friend Brian that I brought down all my woodworking tools and asked if he needed anything built. He and his girlfriend, Zen, had just moved into a new studio space and had off-cuts of really nice finished maple plywood that he wanted to use to make some coffee tables. So he took the day off and we made three pieces in a day. It was awesome.
First we made a simple box coffee table to replace the hideous white one.
Brian loves the design of Gerrit Rietveld so we cobbled up two end tables he showed me from one of his books.
Almost ready for clients.
Then made a simple, dovetailed stand with my Japanese pull saws for Zen’s monitor out of the scraps.
Woke up early the next day and it was off to San Juan Capistrano to make the giant gems.
The work area.
Started with the 100 year old cedar beam and a plank of redwood.
Planed and ready to laminate (glue).
Time to shape.
Time to place them in the garden.
Douglas fir with two redwood stripes and redwood butterfly joint.
Cedar with redwood stripe.
Gem stool made of cedar with redwood stripe and redwood butterfly joint.
'Til next time! (Which is actually first week of October)