The Hartley Footstool

Dan wanted both his feet and the stool they rest on to be equal in beauty.  Maybe I succeeded... maybe I didn't. 

Live-Edge Walnut Coffee Table

This coffee table was made from a single slab of beautifully grained live-edge walnut.  Taking a cue from my own small Brooklyn apartment, I wanted to make a coffee table that was eye-catching but in no way opposing.  Much like my apartment the table is on the smaller size measuring at 32" long, 12" wide, and 16" high.

Wiley

Wiley represents my foray into the world of fiberglass recurve bows after having spent so much time and energy making all-wood bows.  While I personally would rather make and shoot wooden-limbed bows, there is a certain utility in fiberglass limbs, not to mention a market.  I have to admit, I very much missed the time and attention that goes into tillering the limbs of a wooden bow.  The hours spent making sure the limbs bend just so and and just the right draw weight lend themselves to a feeling of connection to and ownership of the bow.  It isn't to say that feeling isn't there with a fiberglass bow--the time I would have spent manually shaving off minuscule amounts of wood and then checking the tiller and repeating until the job is done was rather spent prepping with great precision all the parts that go into a recurve glue-up.  And there is something magical about a glue-up done right, as the bow comes out of the form perfectly tillered (at hopefully close to the weight for which you were aiming).  Luckily, my favorite part of bowyering, sculpting the wooden riser, is unchanged with fiberglass bows.  There's certainly no less work in a recurve, however it's more work of the mind rather than muscle.  I wonder if I'll ever get used to the feeling of completing a bow without sore muscles.

Introducing Mrs. Rabbit

The newest addition to the collection and up for sale now is Mrs. Rabbit.  This one is an Osage Orange reflex-deflex longbow, backed with Hickory.  The riser, which I chose to contour more than most, gives a sense of familiarity for easier consistency of hand placement shot to shot.  The red Paduak wood is stunning.  So much so that my camera has a hard time not auto adjusting to the point where the colors look hyper-saturated (even for this colorblind guy).  I did something new on the tips in that I shaped the buffalo horn into an ever-so-slight recurve, with small grooves down the belly for the string.  I also narrowed the material on the ends of the limbs to a bare minimum.  That in combination with the reflex and the natural superiority of Osage Orange make this bow a fast shooter, despite it's low draw weight.  All this to say: I'm very pleased with how Mrs. Rabbit turned out.

A custom shelf that does more, or: I'm obsessed with magnets and leather!

I recently made a custom shelving unit for a friend who simply needed her microwave above her stove and not on her counter.  Originally it was just going to have one board going across the bottom, but then I thought "Well that's boring."  I want it to DO MORE.  There would have been so much space above the microwave, so I thought "What a great place for a butcher's block!"  So I made an end-grain butcher's block out of all the scraps I had sitting around my shop.  But how to easily slide such a monster in and out of the shelf?  Why not a leather strap?  Great idea!  I love incorporating wood and leather... so I did.  Now it looks like a butcher's block suitcase.  I'm okay with that.  But now there's all this boring un-utilized space below the shelf.  How about a handy little spice rack made of tiny jars?  Great idea!  Should I sink the top into the shelf and secure it with epoxy?  But won't it be a hassle to have to unscrew the jar every time you want to remove it?  Good point.  Magnets...?  I do love magnets...  I'm somewhat obsessed with magnets... Magnets it is!  I sunk seven rare earth magnets into the shelf so the jars attached securely and easily from below.  Let's stop there.  I don't want to overdo it.