Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Monkey Bar Ladder

wahoooo!  An upside-down stair case?

Last night I went out to the forge and bent this flat stock around a 1/2" black iron pipe.  I had some extra pipe from the propane line on the original trailer, so I decided to give it a try.  The pipe flexes a little bit, which adds some spring to your swing...  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Western Hemlock Shard Sculpture

While hiking in the Skokomish river valley this winter I came across this shard of what I believe is a very old Western Hemlock tree.  I've had it piled up with some other found pieces of wood and I finally got around to carving it.  I believe it formed from the impact when the tree fell or if it was struck by another falling tree.  Dimensions: 19" x  8" x 6" 

This side of the shard was facing down towards the earth.  With a gouge and a hook knife I revealed this.

 I followed the lines in the tree and I tried to interface the fresh carved texture with the rich color of the inner bark.

I did smooth out some of the natural features, but for the most part the shard was so beautiful already I thought better to present than arrange. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cedar and Douglas Fir Bench


This weekend we put the finishing touches on the bench back wrap.  Still a few things to adjust, but I'm excited to lean back...  

Cedar seat.

Doug Fir bench back.

I scribed each piece to the grain line of the previous board.

And it is an insulated storage box.   You can see the split shakes and carved old growth cedar post.  

The storage is also accessible from the outside.  I found these doors in a dumpster and had them re-keyed.  I scraped off the cream color paint and clear coated the rust patterns.  

After finishing this part of the interior I would really like to build a sauna.  Please contact if you are interested...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Carved Black Walnut Door Handle

Carved black walnut interior door handle.  

I shaped the handle based on the contour of my left hand.  The shape that remained reminded me of a figure bearing a box balanced on his head. 

1/2" copper pipe is recessed into the handle and the door to provide support.

You can see the 4 and 1/2" tek lag bolt holding the handle on the copper stand-off.

I made plugs for the hardware, sanded and put oil on this morning.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Collapsible Truck Rack Tent Frame

Timmy came up with an idea to turn his truck rack into a tent frame.  I thought it was brilliant and with some 1 and 1/4" thick square tubing we went out to the metal shop...

We sleeved the metal on to the existing truck rack tubing which will bolt on to the rack.

We welded tabs onto the ridge and drilled holes that will allow for bolts to tie together the rafters.

Throw a tarp over it and you got a house, or break it down.

and go fishing... 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Live Edge Douglas Fir Light Shelves

I've been working on light design with LED lights and simple paper diffusers.  These LED strip lights are a great accent for an affordable price and they are very efficient.  They illuminate the ceiling colors and produce a warm light.  

The brackets holding the shelves are forged from old rototiller tine brackets I found on the Hoh Hum Ranch near Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula.  

I mortised 3/4" x 1/2'" holes for fir sticks to slide into. (View from bottom of shelf)

View from the loft... 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Artist Conk

We found this Artist Conk or Ganoderma applanatum in the skok valley and I wanted show what Joelle did with it.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Copper Trilobite and Horseshoe Crab Escutcheon Plate

Who knew?  An Escutcheon Plate is a "a protective or ornamental plate or flange (as around a keyhole)" according to Webster.  Prior to leaving for a trip to New Mexico I rushed to install my dead bolts and I cut the holes in the wrong location... doh!!  Escutcheon plate it is.    

Here was the damage.  I had to glue the plug back in and re drill the hole...

Here is the solution, a trilobite!  I cut these our with a jeweler's saw and engraved them yesterday.

And one more.  I made 3 because only one door had a mis-cut hole, so I made interior plates for both doors, but only one exterior plate, the horseshoe crab.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lower Skokomish River Valley

 We got out to the skok for a partially sunny winter day last weekend.  When we first got down to the river there was a thick fog and the river was raging after flood condition rains a few days prior.

Joelle found a massive artist conch mushroom and we hiked it out for a beautiful, natural canvas.  More to come soon..

The gradient of color at this eddy was my favorite section of the hike..

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Wiring, Insulation, and Vapor Barrier

I spent the holidays warm and dry inside the Leafspring.  I decided not to engage in the holiday extravelganza and instead was awarded the time to finish interior details that were long overdue.  It was chilly and wet for the last few weeks so I cleaned everything out of the trailer and drilled holes and ran wire.  I figured out all the electrical details, and was finally ready to insulate.

John Reese was one of the few to visit during the holidays.  Here is Christmas morning and John trying to avoid me insulating...

And with Joelle's return from LA, we were able to put up our vapor barrier.  The vapor barrier was a gift from my friend Joseph Becker.  He had it left over from a job and I only needed a small portion of the roll.

Recently, we found cork insulation at the restore for $5 a batt.  We bought 4 batts that were all about 2' x 4' and 2" thick.  Our plan was leave them exposed in the wall because the material is so cool.  Since it was in 2" thick sheets, I got 1 and 1/2" rigid foam insulation to place behind the cork insulation so the wall is the same thickness as the studs.  We left them exposed above the bench back as a head rest.  We did the ceremonial head butt and put them in place.  Below you can see the top of the bench back, and the transition to the exposed cork wall.

Here is another vantage of the exposed cork wall and new bench back.  Joelle and the moose are life models to show size.

Here are before and after shots of the bench area under the loft... 

The front/kitchen area with moisture barrier up...

Now the walls are up the place feels a lot smaller.  I kind of miss the exposed studs, but I also don't mind working in a t shirt while it is cold outside. There are only a few more pieces of siding to be installed on the back and a loft door to build, but the weather has transitioned me towards the interior.