Walk-arounds are a great way for us to keep up with all the projects underway in the class. Every student shares their challenges and triumphs of each week which allows us to learn a great deal from each other.
Jason explains the challenges of curves in the complex construction of his lap desk. The interior assembly is now glued together and will be doweled between the top and bottom.
Daisuke shows off the beautifully planed surface on the top of his sycamore table.
Hong shows us the source of inspiration for the traditional Korean piece he has started.
After doing several mock-ups, Junior decides on a leg shape he is happy with for his table.
Evan tells us how the natural details in a piece of local Arbutus, along with a bunch of bright Arbutus berries, has inspired him to use the colours as an element in the door of his cabinet.
After planing almost every plank in the wood room, Ian chose the Red Elm. A gorgeous wood, but a defect was uncovered that caused him to rethink his project.
Don is using Chinese Elm which has a contrasting edge of sapwood he intends to incorporate into the design of his cabinet.
Bruce's coffee table out of Sapele will have a base joined by dovetails. He is also using the wood's naturally contrasting sapwood as a feature.
Neil tells us of the challenges he faces in the truly unique joinery between the legs and the base of his clock.
Steve N is much farther along than this picture represents. He is showing us the lumber-core construction of his piece that is proving to be a more desirable method for veneering.
Barb shows the twin floating mortise and tenon joint for the framed side panels of her cabinet.
Byron is using Yellow Cedar for his box with a double-curved lid, he actually has two underway.
Meredith shows us the exciting grain graphics that will wrap around her french walnut cabinet.
Steve W is using the "Mystery Wood" for the panels of his jewelry cabinet.
Michal O is also using Sapele for his music stand and explains the well thought out dimensions of the piece.
Michael A shows the mock-up for his cabinet that will feature two "floating" panels in the door.
We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see the first piece Gary made at College of the Redwoods. A sweet little chest made of Koa for his daughter, it was great to hear the story of the piece and Gary's experience as one of JK's students.