Clock

Clock
Kansas Limestone, Chiseled Pyrex, Cast Bronze, Cast Stainless, Clock Works
7′ x 18″ x 15″

My brother Dan, has long supported my work He has several of my paintings and a sculpture, and he commissioned this clock. He collects clocks, and he wanted a working stone grandfather clock. I had a blast with this. When I figure out how to share sound on a web site I’ll put up a recording of the clock ringing. Unlike any grandfather clock you have ever heard!

Clock
Kansas Limestone, Chiseled Pyrex, Cast Bronze, Cast Stainless, Clock Works
7′ x 18″ x 15″

The face is cast bronze, and the hands are cast stainless steel. The clock keeps accurate time, so long as it gets wound reghularly, and it does get wound regularly.

Clock
Kansas Limestone, Chiseled Pyrex, Cast Bronze, Cast Stainless, Clock Works
7′ x 18″ x 15″

One of the few professional shots I’ve ever had taken. This needs no words, as they say, but that’s never stopped me before. The door is 1″ thick, and I wanted it to be as light-tight as possible. My machinist friend came up with a form of sliding hinges, so the door pulls strait out til it is clear of the stone, and then swings. Maybe I’ll remember to have Dan send me pics of the hinges.

Clock
Kansas Limestone, Chiseled Pyrex, Cast Bronze, Cast Stainless, Clock Works
7′ x 18″ x 15″

There is a light operated by a switch that Dan has located in the head. He’s also light-proofed the back. Well done, Dan!

Clock
Kansas Limestone, Chiseled Pyrex, Cast Bronze, Cast Stainless, Clock Works
7′ x 18″ x 15″

Here is the clock at home. A once in a lifetime project, one so once in a lifetime that I knew even at the time. Thanks, Dan.

Havens Table

Havens Table
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone, Bronze, Dark Emperador Marble
6′ x 6′ x 32″

 

“Design me a table fit for the Devil’s kitchen, with a Cole Porter accent”, said the client. “If you can do it I’ll buy it”. Here it is.

Havens Table
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone, Bronze, Dark Emperador Marble
6′ x 6′ x 32″

Getting it though the front door was a major effort. It is a 7′ square tp, 4″ thick, and the door was just over big enough to get it in on the hypotenuse. It’s a long story, but we brought it in on this gallows, lowered it over the completed base, and then cut the axle pins off and parted with the gallows, the top in place. Plans must be prepared for challenging things.

Havens Table
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone, Bronze, Dark Emperador Marble
6′ x 6′ x 3′

The bronze inlays in the top  and corners are aligned with lights that were installed in the ceiling to add drama. Perfect!

Havens Table
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone, Bronze, Dark Emperador marble
6′ x 6′ x 32″

This floor was laid by an absolure master. It is decades old and still perfect. I love being part of this room, and to all who have st around this table for dinner… I hope you liked it.

Couch

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina96" x 28" x 32"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina
96″ x 28″ x 32″

As I recall, Dave Oliver did the wood armature, and it was either Jack Oliver or Chistina Wolfe that did the patina. I did the wood carving and designed it.  It is in my living room to this day.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina96" x 28" x 32"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina
96″ x 28″ x 32″

I wanted to have buffalo skin cushions made custom, but the estimate was more than I can afford, so we made our own.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina96" x 28" x 32"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina
96″ x 28″ x 32″

And yes, it weighs a bunch. I made sure it would fit through a doorway, but it isn’t easy. It’s on teflon sliders, so we can move it, but the less the better.

Shamansky Table

Shamansky Table (detail)
original design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Chiseled pyrex glass, Marble, Brazilian Rosewood
6′ x 6′ x 32″

Everything about this table comes apart. It is a giant jigsaw puzzle. The pieces are are labeled, and only fit one way. But they all fit perfectly. Thanks Team!

Shamansky Table (detail)
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Chiseled Pyrex Glass, Marble, Brazilian Rosewood
6′ x 6′ x 32″

The glass edges have been carved back into “tabs” that fit into the bronze corners. The X-braces bolt together in the center; the flat tops of the bronze spheres allow for a wrench to tighten the nut that hold the sphere to the bolt that has been embedded in the rosewood leg. The hammered footrest is suspended at the right height by the pins.

Shamansky Table (detail)
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Chiseled Pyrex Glass, Marble, Brazilian Rosewood
6′ x 6′ x 32″

Brazillian Rosewood is one of the materials that quality guitar necks are made of, so I gave a few of the scraps to a local luthier. Waste not, want not. It is such beautiful wood!

Shamansky Table (detail)
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Chiseled Pyrex Glass, Marble, Brazilian Rosewood
6′ x 6′ x 32″

I bought this slab knowing that someday there would be the perfect use for it. This table was it. Such a spectacular vein!

Shamansky Table
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Chiseled Pyrex Glass, Marble, Brazilian Rosewood
6′ x 6′ x 32″

The chiseled glass has a warm sea-green glow, even in dim light. Working with materials of this caliber is a rare privilege. I have always been aware when I’m making furniture that it will be appreciated (or not) every day.

 

Shamansky Table
original design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Chiseled pyrex glass, Marble, Brazilian Rosewood
6′ x 6′ x 32″

Seen in its home, the table has by now been seated hundreds of times. Kids have come and grown here, and are still growing. Thank you for the opportunity to practice my craft, and I hope the table has served you well.

Edwards Coffee Table

Original Design by Dale JohnsonChiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut

This coffee table was my first commission from this client. We’ve done many projects since, but I’ve always liked this table.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonWalnut, Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Walnut, Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper

The glass fits over a tab cut from the walnut, and the bronze fits over the glass. Tricky fit.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonChiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Bronze, Copper, Walnut

The stumps were first cut to length, then chiselled, then torched, buffed, and waxed. Here the texture and color tone really stand out.

Shear Glass Top Table

Shear Glass Top Table
Indiana Limestone
32″ x 16″ x 16″

I always envision the Great Gatsby when I am here. All the details are attentively addressed, with exquisite detail. Many projects into our many year relationship, I only value his talent more every year.

Shear Glass Top Table
Indiana Limestone
32″ x 16″ x 16″

And I am grateful that he values mine, too.

Shear Glass Top Table
Indiana Limestone
32″ x 16″ x 16″

May the table always remain level, and seat as many as need seating.

Coffee Table

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel40" x 59 1'2" x 21"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel
40″ x 59 1’2″ x 21″

I trained new assistants how to do the commercial metal work by designing furniture for my house using scraps and pieces from projects that were commissioned.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel40" x 59 1'2" x 21"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel
40″ x 59 1’2″ x 21″

This table has taken residence on my back porch for years. Right now it has a family of kittens under it.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonBronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel40" x 59 1'2" x 21"
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Bronze, Copper, Walnut, Patina, Sandstone, Chiseled Pyrex, Steel
40″ x 59 1’2″ x 21″

Over the years the tp has taken a beating from the weather, the birds, and the cats, but it still looks good.