WoodWorks Pieces on Display

WoodWorks Pieces on Display

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Posted September 9, 2014   David will have 4 pieces that he created for his television show WoodWorks on display at the Big Ideas 1950 – 1970: influences in modern ceramics show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on September 11 – October 25, 2014.   In addition, David and his fellow Bench Doggs will be performing at the opening reception on Thursday Sept. 11 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Location: 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707 829 4797)     You can purchase the individual episode digital download or the full Season DVD For step by step instructions for building these projects:   Episode 303 Contemporary Walnut Bench with Copper & Patina Bases:  Digital Download Episode 303   Episode 310 Inlaid Corner Table: Digital Download Episode 310   WoodWorks Season 3 DVD  with 13 step by step projects: WoodWorks Season 3 DVD   Episode 401 Bent Laminate Shelf Stand: Digital Download Episode 401   Episode 404 Cherry Sofa Table: Digital Download Episode 404   WoodWorks Season 4 DVD with 11 step by step projects plus “World of Wood” Woodshop Tour and Workshop Tour: WoodWorks Season 4 DVD...

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The Creative Process: Expanding Yourself as a Designer

The Creative Process: Expanding Yourself as a Designer

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Posted by  David J. Marks July 31, 2014   I believe that design is the ultimate frontier in woodworking.  We live in a time that finds many people with the resources to set up a shop at home. It is amazing to see how many people are able to outfit their shops with a lot of the tools they need due to the fact that the majority of power tools are now made in China and have become affordable to the masses. So once we all have shops and we all have similar tools and wood, the question is: How do we differentiate our work from someone else’s? How do we create individual designs that makes the statement that this person’s work is unique and deserves to be recognized as an object of art? Most of us take life for granted, the daily routines leave us without a sense of magic. So Imagination is the first challenge for anyone attempting to design something outside the box.   I do recommend an excellent book titled “Sparks of Genius” the thirteen thinking tools of the world’s most creative people.  You will discover that most of them had a skill for distracting their minds and playing as a way of increasing their creative skills. I believe that there are many components to good design but they are also directly related to the craftsmanship and skill of the maker.  Just like a fine painting, the excellence of and the skill of the painter is just as important as the vision of the painter. I got started in woodworking in 9th grade shop class in New Jersey where I lived until I was 20.  For reference, I was born in 1951.   I’m left handed and seemed to have a talent for art so I took art classes learning to draw throughout high school. In 1971 I moved to northern California.  By 1981, I had opened my own workshop/studio.  The following year I took classes with Art Carpenter, Gary Knox Bennett and many others from the Baulines Craft Guild located in the Bay Area of Northern California. These classes changed my life.  I was introduced to numerous techniques like using router templates, making frame and panels, working with exotic woods, bending wood, creating mock ups to hone in on design and proportions, combining metal and wood, all of which had a huge influence on my designs. I was determined to dedicate myself to increasing my skill levels until I could be considered a Master Craftsman. As the years went by, I continued to take weekend workshops with as many Master Craftsman as I could as I journeyed further and deeper into the world of contemporary furniture.    Some of those workshops were given by James Krenov, Art Carpenter, Wendell Castle, Sam Maloof , Bob Stocksdale , Gary Knox Bennett, as well as a Japanese master...

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Student Builds Bentwood Laminated Lamp Design from WoodWorks

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Phil Crane from the Sacramento area took a class with me early November 2012 on how to make a bentwood laminated lamp from mahogany similar to the one I made on Woodworks episode #512. Bending wood opens up a world of design possibilities that enable one to create things that have flowing curved lines as opposed to the predictable flat planed designs that woodworking is usually associated with. The process ironically begins with jointing the wood to create a flat surface. The next step is to resaw the wood into thin strips, the mahogany needed to 1/16″ thick in order to bend to a tight radius. Laying out the strips on a table covered with plastic makes for a faster method of rolling on the glue. I prefer a slow setting Urea resin glue. The brand I am using is Unibond 800. Here is Phil quite happy that we are ready to put the laminates in the bending form that I made on Woodworks. After the glue has dried overnight at 70 degrees, we unclamped it and the wood retains the shape of the form. Our next challenge was to resaw the bentwood lamination in half which I did on my 36 inch bandsaw because of the wide curve. After that we routed a channel and glued in some 3/8th inch copper tubing for the wire. Once everything was glued up, we joined the legs to the trunk and Phil could begin sculpting and shaping the legs. After much work with a pattern makers rasp and lots of sanding, Phil’s lamp is ready for the finish which he will apply at home in his own shop. This is a photo of the original lamp that I designed and built for Woodworks made from Koa.   The lamp shade was a challenge for me. I finally decided to purchase one made from white Alabaster which seemed perfect for my...

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