Process shot of a new production item from the studio…available this spring
As of January fully insured and my New Studio in Sutton Quebec is in Operation! I have started to work on some commissions for private clients who have been graciously patient for the last two years and also have begun work on some small limited production items. I will post new images shortly.
This is some of the spalted maple I ended up with from the log I milled in the spring. The ends of the pieces are waxed to prevent the ends from checking while they dry.
To give a brief history on this video, I purchased a bush lot in the mountains of Sutton,Quebec, Canada in 2006 with the hopes of one day building a live/workspace outside of the city. Fortunately in 2011 I was informed that the building that housed my studio would be expropriated by The City of Montreal which proved to be the kick in the pants I needed to get on with it. Currently The building is about 65% complete and with any luck I will be back up and running by summer2013.
This first video shows me milling up some of the logs on my property before construction began. It should give people an idea of what is involved in the preparation of material before the furniture making part begins. After the logs have been milled into lumber they generally require a couple years of drying before they are ready for further processing, unless they are slated for steam bending projects which requires wood of a higher moisture content.
I intend to periodically post videos of future projects and some of the procedures involved in my furniture making practice so please check back for updates and future posts. I would love to hear some of your thoughts and feedback so feel free to comment.
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Although I am still in moving mode I found some time to prepare some “Spalted” Maple I recently discovered for milling. Spalting is when the tree is in an early stage of decomposition, a bacteria infests the wood and leaves dramatic graphic patterns in the wood. If all goes as planned I should have some images posted of what the inside reveals in the next week or so.
Here are some shots of me cutting down a fairly large sugar maple with a girlish sized chain saw (one intended for “light limbing” which incidentally has proven extremely reliable for “cleaning” and clearing a hardwood bush of mature trees over the past five years ) on my property near Sutton, Quebec. I did not want to cut it but it was too close to the perimeter of the building site. It would have had its roots cut by the excavator anyway, died and likely fallen on our soon to be humble home/studio sometime in the not too distant future. Excavation starts in the morning……stay tuned