Wood and Resin Light

Introduction

When you build strong relationships with the local community around you, that is when you get given hidden gems like I did with the completely ant riddled and obliviated piece of hard maple.  One of my local sources for wood stumbled across a piece of maple found while slabbing out a full maple tree and knew it would be something that I not only would appreciate, but that I would put to use, and he was right.  I had been keeping an eye out for a piece that I could use to make my first wood and resin LED Light, and this was the piece!

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Replicating Custom Pieces with DIY Silicone Mold

Being the owner, designer, and maker of a custom product-based business can sometimes create restraints, such as how much product that sole person can physically create while managing the other aspects of the business. I have been acutely aware of this bottleneck for some time.  I am not at the place in my business to be able to hire on employees to help get more product made and out the door for replacing sold products in local retail spaces or in preparation for pop-up shops and art gallery events. Since I do enjoy working with both wood and resin, I knew there had to be a way to utilize the flexibility of resin to cut down on my production time while still honoring my craft of creating objects from wood.  So, I did some research on how to make a custom silicone mold so that I could replicate some of my one-of-a-kind wooden pieces in order to up my production rate and stay true to making unique pieces.

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Small Side Table From a Single Log

Introduction

I have been dreaming of a project for quite some time now where I could utilize fire to naturally create features on a log for a side table.  The seed for this project came from a project by Ben Uyeda, his DIY Log Stool. I have had the vision, but I needed to wait at least two years to allow the logs that I have on hand to be dry enough to not crack either during the burning or after the project was complete.  That two-year time was finally up this fall so it was time to make a table!

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How to Color Wood, Method 1

One of my favorite parts when working on a piece, is adding the finishing touch, usually a pop of color.  There are really three tried and true ways of adding color to a wood piece: painting, dying, and staining.   Both painting and staining are chemical mediums which contain pieces of pigment that sit on top of the wood.  Paint has large pieces of pigment, which, when applied generally totally obscure the wood grain, unless it is greatly thinned with a paint thinner such as mineral spirits.  Stain is also a medium that contains pieces of pigment, but smaller pieces of pigment which will not totally obscure the grain.  However, in both cases, paint and stain, the pigment is sitting on top of the wood, meaning with a bit of sanding it can be totally removed.  With dye though, a chemical reaction is occurring between the dye and the fibers of the wood, completely altering the color of the top layer of the wood.

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Wood & Resin Coffee Table

Late summer/early fall of last year (2017) I was looking for a project where I could start with a funky liveedge wood slab and incorporate some resin.  I had received some interest after showing off another table I had created a few months prior at an art festival. That table was a small liveedge hard maple slab filled with resin and glow-in-the-dark powder and completed with hairpin legs.  I struggled to find a piece as unique as that one.  Eventually I found a hard maple slab at a saw mill with characteristics that lent it to have areas filled with resin. So, I set on the path of making a coffee table.

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Carving a Set of Bar Stool Seats from Cedar

A good portion of my work is either customized or commissioned work.  Today’s project has such an origin.  I have made a few sets of bar stools with carved cedar wood seats that are dyed a variety of colors.  So far, I have done darker tones such as red and maroon. These stools have been on display at a local Interior Designers store front, Luxe Interiors in Coralville, Iowa.  It is through a client of the interior designer that I received an order for three carved cedar wood bar stools, dyed green.

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