This Friday I will have the chance to talk about the VSY project I participated in during my last year at Sheridan College. The project dealt with building furniture for residents of the Vanauly Street YMCA in Toronto. It was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about the challenges building for specific, unique needs. Learn more here about the Community Research Cafe!
I will be displaying new work this year at the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building from January 22-25! Come visit booth 344! To learn more about the show click here!
A design team from Sheridan College recently participated in a collaborative design project for Nikiari in developing outdoor seating. The designs have just been launched on the Nikari website promoting the project and presenting the designers alongside their work. The project includes designs from four other design institutions from around the world in an effort to develop a series of furniture forms. I have been honoured to be part of this project and am excited to see the success of this piece with Nikari.
Beginning September of 2014 I will be a resident of the Living Arts Centre in their wood studio! Very excited about branching out from the college studio and working alongside new makers!
Check out the current residents of the various studios at the LAC! View here!
Ready to enjoy my Entrata entryway bench! Made of solid beech and finished with a water-based lacquer.
The Keystone side tables are now completed and ready to be delivered to the Vanauly Street YMCA this coming fall! I'm so pleased with the final results and am hoping they are appreciated and enjoyed at the new centre!
Getting ready to glue up the Vanauly Street YMCA side tables.
Sheridan College students are currently working on new pieces for the Vanauly Street Shelter in collaboration with Hitditch Architects. I am responsible for designing and fabricating side tables for the facility. I have come up with a simple design that integrates elements from surrounding furniture (lounge seating and dining tables).
If you get frustrated, stop. Sometimes it is worth while to take a break when things get too complicated. Pushing through a problem is always good, but that doesn't mean that you can't take a breather to get your mind straight. I've made way too many detrimental mistakes by not allowing myself to relax and refresh my focus.
Secure your parts. It is important to take the time to make some accurate jigs when cutting parts. If things are uneven and able to move around, not only does your cut become inaccurate, but you could end up throwing material around, damaging a bit, and/or wasting your time by damaging your work piece, which is always frustrating.
Always wrap and protect mitre joints. In my first year at Sheridan College my storage area was a shelf accessible from two sides and was approximately nine feet from the concrete floor. It could be quite possible for things to be pushed from one side and off the opposing end ultimately destroying carefully cut parts. This image shows the mitre joint of a front leg of my Tirare bar stools.
Group parts together when cutting on the CNC. This image shows various parts cut on the CNC for my Tirare bar stools. To maximize my material and avoid waste I laminated material together and arranged the pieces in a way which avoided knots, and allowed for the "waste material" to be used later for future projects or models.
Take the time to make carefully constructed jigs. Creating bent laminations can be difficult if the material is not cooperative, glue is not applied generously or evenly, and for various other reasons, yet if a jig is made properly it makes doing the job again a lot less painful. The benefit of a good jig is also the ability to remake multiples easily and quickly.
Planing a joint is a good idea. This image shows a mitre joint for a cabinet the Piega cabinet I made. After cutting the mitre I planed the surface with a sharp hand plane. This creates a better glue surface by removing any inconsistencies of the face which could cause problems either during the glue-up stage or in the future of this piece.