Sold to a customer in Australia the eccentric piece is a solid sapele body with a laminate top of (from centre out) bubinga, cherry, figured sapele, ziricote, purpleheart, western maple, padauk, wenge, flame maple, and mahogany. The pickup rings and cavity cover are sapele, and the neck is (centre-out) bloodwood, eastern maple, walnut, cherry, and more bloodwood, with a purpleheart fretboard and maple interval dots.
The guitars are both made of cherry (one is solid cherry, the other is a cherry top on MDF). The guitar with the bent strips of wood has strips of padouk, purpleheart, oak and poplar. The guitar with the wider inlaid pieces has pieces of walnut, bubinga, and western maple in it. The cutting board is eastern maple with strips of padouk and yellowheart.
Dining Room Table made from concrete, steel, aluminum, Douglas Fir
Architect Leith Anderson called me to help with the build of a fireplace wall feature seen in (PROJECT 1 – IMAGE 1). To complement a fireplace wall, I was also asked to design and build a dining table. On a day trip to Tofino, I drew inspiration from the location itself. The house is nestled on a cliff overlooking Rosie Bay and with spectacular views of the ocean. Like most West Coast homes, wood is a prominent material of choice and this home has no shortage of large fir beams with beautifully displayed joinery. The choice of Douglas Fir wood for the table was easy. The homeowners also collected native art. To represent water, I decided on metal to provide a shimmer on the table while also giving some contrast. My choice was to cast a floating concrete “tablet” in the center of the table. This tablet would then rest on a pair of concrete legs that anchor and proudly support the table. I commissioned native artist Mark Preston to provide authentic Native art work that I then incorporated into the table and fireplace.
I took a section from Markʼs artwork and cut it into a plate of 1/4” aluminum. Concrete was then cast directly onto the plate of aluminum, resulting in a 2”-thick tablet permanently integrating the two materials. The concrete and aluminum were then honed to a consistent sheen and smooth surface on both materials (PROJECT 4 – IMAGE 3).
We asked Dave Fraser what wood shop class was like at his school Cedar Secondary, located just south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Here’s what he had to say:
“At Cedar we run a traditional woodworking program with a strong focus on wood turning and guitar building. Last year our community support workers Karen St Cyr and Brenda Stupich gave the class part of a $10.000.00 grant to help with at risk students, giving them an opportunity to make something special.
After talking with the various classes it was decided to start making musical instruments, since then we have been building various things from acoustic and electric guitar to drums and cigar box guitars. Old Morris Tobacconists in Victoria donated 14 cigar boxes to the school; this has been a very popular project.
One of the local Cedar residence, Andy Lackey, has donated many truckloads of burls that have allow the students to make a wide range of bowls and lidded boxes on the wood lathes.
Unfortunately Cedar is closing at the end of the year and is being renovated to become a large elementary school.”
Sounds like they have some amazing community support! We wish Dave Fraser all the best come June. If you’d like to know more about the closure and what you can do to help visit SaveCedarSchools.org.