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Winter 2013-2014

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  • See? I told you so!

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 14, 2011
    I get to take this piece of woody fiber from a large plant, with its stability and toughness, cut carve and sand it to build a functional piece of art. I'm glad we have this material, it would have been tough to make this out of rocks.
  • Top job

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 14, 2011
    Remember top job? He was in James Bond and he used to throw his top hat to cut off people's heads, pretty cool. That has nothing to do with putting this four piece book match into position.
  • Fun part payoff

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 14, 2011
    The first coat of oil makes the biggest color change, I can really see it now. Subsequent coats will make it glow and shine but the first coat transforms it from a nice smooth clean piece to a cool mixture of the deep rich color of mother nature's...
  • Tactile some more

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 14, 2011
    Just a little step on top, kind of like the leg detail, an asymmetrical down curve that you can hook your finger under, you put your thumb on the top shape, pull the drawer out gently, it feels pretty good, just right. For those of you who are looking...
  • Tactile

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 14, 2011
    People like to touch wood furniture, we sand it all day long so why not give 'em something to feel? A detail, a shape, how about both. Here the leg of the table rises above the rim and has a step and then a rounding to it, a nice combo of carving...
  • Clamp dance

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    My shop is pretty small kinda like a boat, if I keep everything pretty tidy then I stay sane. When I'm on a roll I try not to even swing the clamps over or near the finished work, its hard enough to work efficiently through the design, I don't...
  • Top parts

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    Strong backs help to clamp up thin pieces, these are all slices from one small board with a nice figured grain swirl so I book matched the heavier grain to lighter grain as the pattern moves from the center of the table, atop the small drawer and then...
  • Music and plastic squares

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    The flow of energy in the shop has much to do with the music and the the work at hand, these little drawers are just coming so nice and square, the wood was milled slow and the joints are tight. Its a pleasure to work with a hand plane and nice wood,...
  • Joints and pins

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    Just the right fit- its tight, its strong and straight forward to make. I make all my own pins so they are nice and tight and walnut to match, and the tongue is a great locking slip, then the solid wood drawer bottoms add another good feel to the weight...
  • Bench time

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    Some of my favorite time is spent at the bench. There are many ways to wreck the entire piece when I am on the table saw, cut a matched piece, then what? After I keep my head on straight using the saws I really enjoy the bench time, this is where the...
  • Whats going on?

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    How is the job market out there? Its cold outside- better get moving.
  • Whats the next step?

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    This little piece has three drawers, two are little bigger left and right, there is one little guy in the middle. Drawer parts are cut to fit before assembly so that the drawers will have a nice fit in the end, get the scoop set so the next step is smooth...
  • Stance

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    I like my pieces to have a good stance, so it sits clean and when you bump into it, it bumps back a little instead of falling over. A good curve in the leg will add to the flare.
  • Carve a life

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    There are parts of a small piece that determine the overall look, the crisp detail, the matched figure of the wood, the overall proportions. Balance is important, budget plays a role, skill can be tapped into and not over done, I like to think abou tthese...
  • Walnut from Clarence's place

    by Phil Ponvert     Monday, February 7, 2011
    I'm making a small table in walnut, using up the rest of the nice warm, colorful, air dried, hard to get, mid-western, thick and figured wood that was originally harvested in the 70's by an older gent in Ohio. By himself he used a truck and trailer...
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