I recently completed a commission for a Wall sculpture based upon WS2. The piece was intended as a surprise for my clients wedding anniversary and installation took place hours before his wife came home from work. I didn’t realize until I arrived that the apartment was a four story walk-up in NYC! that was quite a hike, but the results were worth the effort. The sculpture is made in walnut to match the existing walnut partition and was installed in the stair of their duplex loft. It looked great and the result was a very successful gift!
Every August my town of Saratoga Springs gets transformed into the horse racing capitol of the world. Aficionados convene here from around the globe to attend the horse races at Saratoga Raceway and enjoy the town of Saratoga Springs. The biggest race of the year is the Travers Stakes and the town really gets energized. I was asked by Sundari Fine Art to place some furniture in their window for Travers weekend and took them up on the invitation.
Sundari Fine Art is located next to Mrs London’s bakery, a world class bakery that we take advantage of as frequently as possible. If you haven’t had an Almond Croissant from Mrs London’s, you haven’t visited Saratoga Springs.
Sundari Fine Art is on the second floor, but they have a window on the ground level. I have two pieces in the window and another upstairs. You can see my Jupiter Bench clearly in the picture below.
I have been planning for some time to build a pedestal table to complement my Xenon Pedestal. The design I came up with references my Carbon hall table except that it uses an aluminum joint instead of the cast concrete joint that joins carbon’s legs to its top.
The design called for a 3″ square piece of aluminum which comes twelve feet long. It is quite substantial and about as much weight as I can comfortably carry on my own.
Here the profile of the joint to be is scribed in a red layout dye on the end of the aluminum chunk.
The aluminum is roughly sawn to size on the table saw utilizing a special blade specifically designed to cut non-ferrous metals. This quickly hogs out a lot of material and creates a useable cutoff.
Next stop is the horizontal mill, where the aluminum is precisely milled to size. The flood coolant helps prevent the chips from getting so hot that they weld themselves back to the part.
This quickly generates a whole pile of chips!
Next the mill is switched to a slab cutter utilizing the overarm. The 45º face is milled.
The fastening holes are drilled and tapped on the vertical mill and the results are: two finished parts
The Brackets are eventually sanded and integrated into the table. The Torus table features a concrete base and stainless steel cables.
The aluminum joint is a great addition to my repertoire, I will definitely be working this way again!
I had a commission from the Smithsonian Craft Show to create a custom length Carbon Hall Table. The size that worked best was five feet long. This required increasing the spacing of the cables and recalculating their lengths to achieve the same feeling as the original. I am happy with the way it came out and would definitely recommend it as a comfortable option for the table.