Mirror Image Etageres w/ Lighting

Completed mid Summer of 2017, these mirror image etageres for a client in South Denver were a challenge in many ways, but they did turn out beautifully.  The pieces are all right angles, so all the joinery is very simple and straight forward, woodworking 101 stuff. The trick in a piece like this is knowing in which order to work. What to attach where and exactly when and after which steps have been completed first. You always have to think three or four steps ahead. 

Completed mid Summer of 2017, these mirror image etageres for a client in South Denver were a challenge in many ways, but they did turn out beautifully.  The pieces are all right angles, so all the joinery is very simple and straight forward, woodworking 101 stuff. The trick in a piece like this is knowing in which order to work. What to attach where and exactly when and after which steps have been completed first. You always have to think three or four steps ahead. 

I love my job

I love my work, but I find it difficult to sit down and write something about it. It;s the process that is exciting, the getting there that is what is important, but I'm told I should document these things, so here goes. Installed early this Summer in it's home on Wynkoop St. across from Union Station in downtown Denver, this 21' x 8' boat shaped conference table is the largest Mori Furniture has ever designed & built. Four top sections & four diamond shaped pedestals make up this big beautiful monster. The top is fabricated from solid cherry and utilizing 1/16" thick cherry & mahogany veneers for the overall top design. The table apron houses 12 data ports allowing the table top to be completely clear and leaving it with an unobstructed expansive look. Projects like this are super challenging, & very rewarding. I love my job.

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New Headboard & Nightstands

I have been spending a lot of time on mid century modern design ideas lately. A simple headboard & nightstands, a long time in the making, has finally found a home. Obviously, I sketch things out prior to fabrication, but I never really know if what I am after is what I will end up with until a full size piece takes shape. I have the freedom to make changes along the way when I work on prototype pieces, and I make good use of that freedom, altering angles, thicknesses, grain directions, etc. as my eye sees fit. Sometimes you cannot explain what you want to do or why, but your eye knows when it is right. Something in your brain says, "stop, that's it". What is the radius of that huge arc? I have no idea, but it's nice to look at.

So for those who care about the details of such things: The headboard is 118" long and veneered in sapele pomele, book matched across its face. The nightstands are done in the same veneer w/ solid african mahogany legs for contrast. The nightstand design is a version of the Mali design from a few years back. 

Wash. Park Walnut

Close to one year ago, I was contacted by folks at  the Denver Forestry dept. They had been removing diseased walnut trees from parks and neighborhoods for years and wanted to give new life to these beautiful woods. After taking down the largest walnut tree in Wash. Park, milling and kiln drying it, we are presently fabricating two beautiful conference tables for the city. Pictured is a 10.5' diameter table top for the forestry department. A base will be built as well, as soon as these large timbers are dry. We are also working on a 12' x 4' conference table for the Parks Department. I will add to the blog about these tables as these pieces move forward.

NEW PHONES DOWN

It's may 4th and I'm in the midst of remodeling the new shop space I have just purchased. The phones were not due to move over until next week, but guess what? they got moved today and with me taking out walls and yanking wires out of everywhere...we have no phone service. I hope to have them up and running by this Friday the 6th. So please don't call, at least not this week.

Cheers,

Tom

THE MOVE IS ON

Since July of 1993, Walnut Street Woodworks has been designing and building custom furniture on North Walnut Street in what is now the RiNo District. When we started out, the freight trains still ran up the block just 5 feet from our front door, and we wished there was a coffee shop near by. The neighborhood has changed a lot, time has marched forward, and things are about to change again.

Chris and I sold the building we have owned for so many years just a few months ago, and I have since purchased a new work space which we will be moving to over the next few weeks. An exact move in date is not yet known, but THE MOVE IS ON.

So for all of my long time friends & clients, and you new folks too...Here's the new address:

5475 PEORIA STREET  BLDG.3 #104  DENVER, CO. 80239

THE PHONE REMAINS THE SAME

Over time I will more than likely just lose the Walnut St. name (since I'm now on Peoria St.) and just hang onto Mori Furniture Design as the company name. While we will still be doing some built in work, the new focus will be on furniture.  We started Mori as a nod to George Nakashima, and produced solid slab furniture under that name, and still do, but since Mori's beginnings I have also pursued a bit of an obsession for 1950's style furniture on my own and this will be one of the focuses of Mori Furniture Design moving forward.

I believe that's it for now. Please come see us at the new shop. I'm thinking we should be moved in by mid May give or take.

Cheers,

Tom