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Design Inspiration

I never went to design school, or ever had a class in furniture design, so the things I make are purely influenced by my surroundings and however my untrained mind chooses to translate raw material into functional form.  Since I work in historic preservation in New Orleans, I regularly find myself in edifices that are in an advanced state of decay.  Inside these buildings, I often play archeological inspector, following the clues left behind by the former generations of inhabitants and the changes to the structure itself perpetrated by both man and nature.   Once a house starts to degrade and the plaster falls down or is “gutted” in order to put up drywall (a far inferior finish by the way), then all that is left is the lath and studs.  Laths are the thin wooden strips that cover the walls and ceiling of old houses that were originally installed to hold up the plaster.  A house striped down to lath is full of texture and patterns and has a skeletal feel, like being in the belly of a wooden whale.  Here are some pictures of one such house that I was in recently on a site inspection after hurricane Isaac, and all the textures and archeological ephemera therein that will be my impetus for furniture and lighting design in the future.  I’ve mixed in a few images of things I’ve made from similar materials to show what the detritus can become with a little vision and elbow grease.

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Lath dining table commission

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I’ve been commissioned to build a giant wood lath dining table top, whose final dimensions will be 32” x 6’10. I estimated I need around 200 strips of lath to pull it off. I’ve got most of the stock milled and ready to go, now I just have to lay it all out and glue it up. I’m figuring it’ll take five rounds of gluing to put the whole thing together.  Patience is paramount in a project like this!

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Fine Woodworking October 2011

The Lather’s Table I made for the Green Project’s Salvations Contest is in this month’s issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine, featured in the Reader’s Gallery on Page 77.  Fine Woodworking is an awesome magazine to subscribe to if you are into woodworking, and I’m honored to be part of such a prestigious publication this month.   Here’s a scan of the cover and page 77:

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Evil lamp unleashed.

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Do-gooders of the world seeking hobbits to wage battle against sinister scarlet orb of doom. Please send resume with cover letter to Gandalf Pedersen, 1225 Shire Lane, Minas Tirith, M.E.

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Colorful transom

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I have to replicate this transom window for a house I’m working on, and man does it have some colorful paint on it! I count five different colors on this window, convering most points on the color wheel.

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