At the Galleries

From a craft to art

Monday, 03 November 2008 22:00

Randy Crossman is president of Yankee Woodworking and The Vermont Sleigh Co. of Mendon, Vt., and has been building furniture and reproductions of 19th-century children’s sleighs along with his business partner, Bruce Marston, since 1995. For the last 20 years, Crossman has also been cutting puzzles as a hobby, but about two years ago the hobby developed into a legitimate part of his woodworking business.

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Mentor inspires cabinetmakers’ display

Friday, 31 October 2008 15:25

The exhibition “Legacy of Talent: A Moser Reunion,” consisting of contemporary pieces by Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers and seven former employees, runs through Nov. 28 at the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.

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A long wait, but a regal presentation

Monday, 06 October 2008 15:21

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is currently showing, “Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe,” a special one-time exhibition that took nearly five years to plan and put together.

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Fancy fishbowls

Thursday, 25 September 2008 00:00

Tenecor Inc., a Phoenix-based company, has been building custom aquariums for 23 years, which include varieties of tank shapes and sizes, but assorted standard- and custom-designed aquarium stands. The aquarium furniture is manufactured in Phoenix and at a second shop in Milan, Italy. Tenecor serves both the residential and commercial markets.

"We're probably 50 percent custom, but all of them are handmade," says William Miceli, Tenecor president. "We don't do anything that is mass produced; I don't subcontract anything out or buy things from anywhere else. We have a full cabinet shop in Arizona with a staff of four. We have paint booths, everything."

Designs fall into two categories that are primarily based on European and upscale American trends. The European designs have less of a trim look and favor lighter woods. The American designs have clean lines, are more likely to contain exotic woods or darker woods such as cherry and walnut, although the staple has always been oak because of its strength. The company also adapts their designs by studying current trends in the furniture and cabinetry industries.

Occasionally a larger project comes along, such as the public aquarium at the Eastwood Mall just outside Cleveland.

"It's really what the customer wants and the price point they're willing to pay," Miceli says. "The majority of our stuff is made out of oak. We fully design it with a CAD design and the customer has to sign off on all phases of it, from the wood sample to the wood selection, to what the final CAD looks like. And at that point, we just go ahead and build it and deliver it. There are no returns.

"The stands have an internal skeleton. On the smaller tanks, it's got an entire wood skeleton to hold the weight of the tank, so they're almost cladded, if you will. On our larger tanks, there are actually steel skeletons with wood cladding."

Tenecor's smallest tank, with filtration, lighting and cabinetry, sells for around $1,000. A 10' tank costs about $22,000.

   

Design in Wood exhibition is a big draw

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 19:26

The San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association held its 27th Design in Wood exhibition June 14 to July 6 at the San Diego County Fair, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif. The guild was formed in 1982 to promote member work in its annual Design in Wood exhibition. This year there were 302 entries from 165 entrants in 22 different classes. The association added a marquetry class this year, splitting the furniture and the flat-panel marquetry into marquetry art and marquetry furniture categories.

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