Portmanteau is a combination of two (or more) words, or morphemes, into one new word. Like smoke and fog become smog, the separate purpleheart and hard maple pieces form a new entity, either a table or shelving (when vertical). When apart they can become two smaller tables or bar stools when upright.
Each is made up of 40 slats that are cut at 1" x 1.5" and are connected by steel rods on the interior. Small details throughout the pieces are visible, showing off a purple cap on the maple piece, or a maple cap on the purple piece. These rods then double as a host for magnetic feet to lift Portmanteau off of the ground when needed, either as shelving, stools, or its original table function.
The log is a white oak piece that was dredged out of a local river in Oregon. I wanted to push life back into it. The purple "fingers" that support your back are glue laminated pieces of purple heart wood. I put a lot of effort into making them ergonomically correct.
Over time, as the wood shrinks and dries, the purple pieces will slowly move and take a different form. They are embedded into the back of the log and strapped together by salvaged metal that I found laying around an old steel mill. The result is a quite comfortable back that has life to it with a bit of a spring.
Flection aims to be an iconic coffee table, separated from the rest in our modern world, by combining a unique integration of steel and live edge wood with stark contrast. Steel butterfly joints keep the slab from naturally splitting at weaker grain locations.
Constructed of powder coated 14 gauge cold rolled steel, it is Tig welded at 30 and 60 degree angles, and topped with a beautiful reused cypress slab. The slab is taken from a fallen tree from the Temescal forest in California.
Stumbling upon an incredibly inexpensive piece of free edge, 2.5" thick, black walnut from Oregon, I couldn't resist having a bit of fun with it. I decided to turn it into an end table, but use oversized finger joints with thin maple inlay veneers cut from scratch.
The walnut slab, which was hand planed and cut in half, then rests in contrast on a mitered, much more delicate maple box. The box can rotate and be placed in various positions for a different aesthetic or function.
You can put apples on it, too.
This 10' - 0" x ~42" live edge dining table is constructed of black walnut from one of the many fallen trees in Oregon. The table top is made of four separate slabs that were planed and glued together to appear as one seamless and beautiful slab.
Biscuits keep the top level while metal clips rest into the slots in the legs. This allows for the top to float and move freely with the unpredictable movement of wood, while gravity and a slight grip keep it cohesive. Steel piping was reused and painted matte black to hold the legs together, while also doubling as a beautiful detail.
Re-used purpleheart scraps were taken from the "purple chair" and turned into a design element on this 18" high stool. The slats are cut into the pine legs at about 1/8", as the legs are angled inward and finger jointed into the seat.
The seat was cut multiple times on a dado saw at slightly different heights in order to achieve its ergonomic concave.
It fits an ass pretty nicely!
As my first piece of actual furniture making, I decided to throw this one up here. I actually never took proper photos of it, like a complete amateur at the time, but it depicts my growth as a designer and a craftsman. Plus it's always fun to look back and reminisce.
Poplar and ebony woods work together to create this coffee table. Hand cut dovetails were used at the junction where the ebony and poplar planes meet, with what I had imagined would create a wonderful waterfall effect. I was right. I was very happy with how they came out. The other planes seem to "float" beyond the table to defy gravity. The don't... Those legs and the dovetails are tight as ever.