From Art furniture to classical reproductions, we love to make objects that their owners interact with. Dale’s original designs have a strong presence, and the variety of materials give each piece a stand-out character.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
The bronze inlays in the top and corners are aligned with lights that were installed in the ceiling to add drama. Perfect!
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.
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!
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.
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!
I bought this slab knowing that someday there would be the perfect use for it. This table was it. Such a spectacular vein!
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.
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.
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.
And I am grateful that he values mine, too.
May the table always remain level, and seat as many as need seating.