With only 4 weeks to go until the year end show at Kozai, everyone is keeping busy trying to get that last project done before the deadline.
Michael has been mocking up and breaking out stock for his version of a Superleggera chair, which was designed by Italian designer Gio Ponti. It will be out of Kwila with a danish cord seat.
The delicate and unique leg shape calls for a different type of joinery between the leg and stretcher.
Steve is building a chair inspired by Ejler Hjorth-West's Caspar Chair. Starting with a detailed, full-size drawing and templates, Steve has been able to move quickly on to the floating mortise and tenon joinery.
The chair will be out of Walnut with an upholstered seat.
Michal transfers measurements from his mock-up to the full-size drawing.
He is also using Kwila and has glued together his tapered lamentations using a form to create the shape of the rear legs.
Daisuke is building a wall cabinet with a few complex curves. The cabinet curves away from the wall on the ends to allow light through the pierce-carved back panels.
He has matched the grain and colours of the Shedua and Boxwood perfectly.
Jason is nearing completion of his lap-desk. After doing some challenging dovetails on a curve in Port Orford Cedar and Elm, he is enjoying the process of getting the perfect fit and "let-go".
The drawer bottoms are Curly Sycamore with a grain pattern that follows the curve in the front of the drawer and straightens out at the back.
Neil is also getting close to finishing his clock. With the stand completed he has been working on the clock face.
The face is Camphor Burl. Here he shows where the mechanism will fit inside.
Taking a break from designing his chair, Junior is finishing off his cabinet with brass ring-pulls. This smile is proof that the process has been a lot of fun for him.
Working with brass, it is wise to make a few extra parts. He only has 9 drawers, but he has 16 rings to work with.
Ian works on the joinery for his pair of miniature Vidar chairs.
The chairs are for his daughter Rya. They are of White Oak and will accompany a table Ian will build in the future.
Evan has been taking the odd break from re-sharpening all of his tools on his new water-stones to work on the drawers for his cabinet.
The Swiss Pear drawer-fronts are on a convex curve which makes for challenging dovetails, but the result will be worth the extra work.
Hong has been putting the cabinets together for the second part of his project.
The outer veneers are of some beautifully coloured arbutus that Evan found in Portland. They will be joined together with a splined mitre-joint.
Meredith works on the partitions for her hall table of Afromosia.
She will be doing silver inlay up one side and across the top of the table. Using the "Gun Barrel" technique, she will be tapping a channel into the wood with a chisel to accept the silver wire.
Bruce is getting parts together for his Ash piano bench.
The bench will have a through-sliding drawer underneath the seat for music sheets.
We stop rushing around for a moment to celebrate Bruce's 95th birthday. His youthful looks mimic those of his distant cousin Albert Einstein.
A delicious chocolate zucchini cake was enjoyed by all, thank you Meredith.
Don has seen a lot of the table-saw recently, working on the open mortise and tenon joinery for his chair.
The chair parts of White Oak. Using white labels to mark out the joinery prevents the pencil from following the open grain of the wood and leaving unclear lines.
Steve is finishing the doweling on his side table carcass.
The dowels had to be carefully located to be sure the grain on the veneers lined up through the interior.
Working on the pulls for her cabinet, Barb drills holes for the pin that will join the two parts of the brass and silver pulls together.
The brass and silver were glued together and secured in this jig to ensure there was no movement during the drilling process.
Sadly, Byron had to leave early to start his new job in Calgary. His empty bench was quickly taken over by some of us. It doesn't mean we don't miss you Byron!
Before leaving Byron did finish his second piece, a beautiful desk of Afromosia on an Ash stand.