Poplar isn’t usually a go to choice when many people are considering a custom furniture item, but what most people don’t realize is that poplar can be an inexpensive material that has great properties for building. The key to fabricating a desirable piece – as demonstrated with this TV stand – is in the selection of material. Choosing wood with an interesting grain pattern can be the difference between a bland or average piece of furniture and an outstanding work of art! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea for something that we can build using poplar!
We’ve been working on our small items more and more these days in preparation of an e-commerce section on our website (coming soon). Here’s a popular item that we enjoy making, the curved comb in the picture is made of cherry and the rectangular one is ash. Don’t worry, neither of these will give you scalp splinters- all the combs we produce are sanded and finished by hand with Brooklyn Woodshop’s mineral oil, which is FDA approved for combs and cutting boards alike. If you see something you like or have an idea for a sexy or funky comb for yourself or a loved one just send us an email: email@example.com we are happy to make one for ya!
Here's a piece that we should have taken more photos of. We wanted to build something that incorporated plenty of recycled materials and we actually managed to find a few useful things on the street within a few weeks of the inception of this idea. The base is made of poplar (store bought), the top was found, and the slats for the shelf were also found. With the amount of IKEA furniture that gets left on the side of the road these days there is plenty of spare materials for anyone with a little creativity and inspiration to go on building themselves a whole house (*time is also needed). The base of this piece in particular was built using traditional techniques and joined with mortise and tenons throughout. It's finished with an oil/poly blend.
We like building things that will stand the test of time and take a beating too. This solid ash dining table is a great example of that. We worked with our client to create a piece with timeless character and a few thoughtful touches to bring out its uniqueness. The angled legs are slightly less common in a traditional table design like this but we thought they would add a touch of flair- especially after we routed the corners to produce a slight bevel that tapers to a rounded foot (took a good deal of rasping by hand!). We stained the normally light colored ash to produce a deep brown tone that we and our client loved. Finally the table was finished with many coats of an oil blend to give it a velvety smooth surface.
We're happy to have working relationships with some very cool NY hotspots - The Hole NYC being one of them. Their recent show featuring the work of Rose Eken turned out to be a hit, her attention to detail and dedication to the the production of ceramic objects that mimic their functional counterparts is unparalleled. We helped out by building this small platform - stage - if you will, for her to feature her beautiful creations. The cleanliness of the pure white space was complimented by the life sized ceramic replica of a broom in the corner. Rose is a very accomplished artist - get some culture and check out her art and writings here: http://roseeken.dk/
It's not everyday that we get to work with artists who deal with materials other than wood. That's why we were delighted to help Run and Hide leather by producing a few wooden bases for their latest handbag collection. Working directly with Murphy (lead designer at Run and Hide) we were able to narrow down a range of material and finish options to agree on the "just right" flame finished and lightly oiled touch that you can see popping out in the photos. Fire and dry wood normally don't mix to produce much other than destruction and ash- but the correct combination has left the finished product a smokey, slightly worn look. We would like to work with this technique a little more in the future. Hit us with your Flame finish ideas!