There is a time of year when the weather starts to get colder, the air becomes chilled and laced with the first hints of wood stove smoke. That is when we start to get very excited for the beginning of autumn. Not only because of the cooler temperatures, apple cider, colorful foliage and pumpkins, but because this is the season that brings us one of our favorite destinations. And here at Geoffrey Warner Studio, we are hard at work revving up the production to make this weekend’s Common Ground Country Fair the best yet.
Come visit us in the Maine Marketplace East Tent, near the Pine Gate, on September 19, 20th and 21st in Unity Maine. If you’re lucky you might even see Geoff dancing and playing his fiddle!
But the Common Ground isn’t the only event coming up. We’re excited to be among the over 800 vendors at this years MTI Techwalk!
Maine Technology Institute’s (MTI) annual TechWalk will be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Thursday October 2, 2014. The theme of this years TechWalk is “Connecting Through Technology,” and will feature Victor Hwang, Founder and CEO of T2 Venture Creation, as the keynote speaker. Hwang is the author of the well-known book, The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley.Visit us at Exhibit Space # 5F in the Grand Foyer. The new Pro Owl, designed for the Healthcare Industry, will be on display and MTI has selected a Pro Owl with a cherry seat to be given away as a Techwalk prize!
Ah, the faithful shop dog. They do not ask for recognition for their never ending dedication to the job they were entrusted with. The unfailing work ethic is an inspiration to all their two-legged coworkers. No matter how enthusiastically you greet your customers, you can never hope to outdo the salutations of a wagging tail and little woof of pleasure. A dog has the unique ability to make every customer feel special and wanted the second they walk through the door. No dog performs this task with more stoic grace than Polly the labradoodle.
She has been tirelessly performing her job at Geoffrey Warner Studio for nearly three years. Countless vacationers, travelers, casual shoppers, and avid buyers have patted the well deserving head of Polly. There are no trophies awarded for the hard work of a shop dog. Polly may never find herself on the cover of Cosmo or stand on the golden podium of the 2016 Summer Olympic, but this does not bother her, because she doesn’t do it for the recognition… until now.
The 12th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials are this Sunday. Polly has been training all season, running the beaches, chasing the stick, doing laps in the salty brine. She faces six seasoned competitors all raring to take home the glorious Pup Cup. At the Champion Ship last year Polly was excited just to be an alternate and perhaps get the chance to sniff the winner, a Portuguese water dog by the name of Ruffles. The competitive bug must have rubbed off on her, because now she is one montage away from changing her name to Rocky.
If you are in the Rockland area this Sunday, stop by the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show around 10:30. Polly’s employers, Geoffrey Warner Studio will be there, showing off the fantastic Owl Stools, and cheering on their budding champion. Drop by their booth, try out the superior comfort of the Owl Stool, then watch Polly navigate the three harrowing events of the competition. See her run the “Dockside Obstacle Course”, Jump the “Dinghy Hop”, and capture the “Freestyle” with her secret routine. Look out Ruffles, you’ve got a challenger this year. May the best dog win.
There is still some room in our summer Owl Stool workshops – scheduled for two Wednesdays –
July 16 and August 27.
For the price of an Owl Stool kit ($195 – $255) plus a $35 fee, you can build your own Owl Stool in our studio. Instruction by our staff and all necessary materials are included.
You can choose a kit that will make an 18″ or 24″ stool. Choose a cherry or a walnut seat. All workshop kits are for our classic 3-legged stools.
You can schedule your OWN workshop if you like. All you need is 4 – 8 willing people. Call us so we can set a date that works for everyone, and you’re good to go.
Our studio address: 43 Main Street, Stonington ME 04681
Paradise City Arts Festival is our first show of the season. Join us at the Festival on Memorial Day Weekend – May 24,25,&26 at 30 Industrial Drive In Northampton MA. We’ll be in excellent company! Check it out:
So now we have to make Owl Furniture to take to the show. The workshop is in full swing. Here Alan is finishing a stack of Owl seats.
The finished seats will go on Rolling Owls, Owl Perches and on 3-legged or 4-legged Owl Stools.
We will also be introducing the
New Owl Back!
the adjustable seat back for Owl Furniture.
It will be available in Cherry and Walnut.
Custom Walnut Bookmatch Dining Room Table by Geoffrey Warner Studio
During this past December, Geoff feverishly worked on a new table design in order to deliver a client’s Christmas Table in time for the holiday dinner!
Constructing the table base from resilient ash wood, Geoff created a new design for the table “knees.” Geoff said, ” no matter how many projects I complete, the excitement of taking a drawing and making it come to life is a thrill!”
Our Connecticut clients chose walnut bookmatched boards for the table top. Geoff’s crew applied a natural tung oil to bring out the beautiful grain and provide protection to the live edge wood. This video shows the transformation:
The image below shows Geoff assembling the live edge Christmas table as the new owners stand by to help with the flip and positioning. The table measures 92″ x 48″ x 30″.
As we move into February, now is the best season to consider a custom dining room, sofa or coffee table. Geoff will work closely with you to capture your ideas into a one-a-kind design.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in our handcrafted furniture.
Geoff & the G.W. Studio Team
Mission: Design and Create a Custom Table.
Location: Geoffrey Warner Studio, Stonington, Maine
Geoff is in the process of building a special table. The first clue to the design is the shaping of the table knees. This brief video shows Geoff in action:
Table knees are the curved supports as shown in this live edge sofa table and dining room table built last year.
Stay tuned for more clues about Geoff’s current work!
Join us for a studio tour, snacks, drinks, ornament-making, and an open mic!
Sunday, December 15th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
43 North Main Street
Stonington, ME 04681
Email us with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Halloween from the gang at Geoffrey Warner Studio!
Our special treat for you this October is 20% off Orange and Black Rolling Owl and Owl Perch Stools. You may select a cherry or walnut handcrafted seat. For those just discovering the Owl Stools, the secret is in the eyes. The Eyes (holes) provide the ergonomic comfort that allows you to sit for hours without fatigue. Try one!–see our Store Locator or visit the Geoffrey Warner Studio booth at the Providence Fine Furnishing Show, Nov 1-3.
Don’t let the Goblins or the HOOOOligans get you! Happy Halloween!
Geoff & the Owl Team
View all furniture offerings at www.owlfurniture.com
(Halloween offer ends October 31st)
This is one of The best fairs I’ve ever attended. The variety and talent of craftspeople, the quality of the education sessions, the fun of the livestock, and of course the delicious food, make the Common Ground Fair a memorable experience every year. I, of course, also love the MUSIC and dancing…if I’m not in the booth….follow the music, I’ll have my guitar and fiddle with me!
The Common Ground Fair is an opportunity to reward Maine’s artists and entrepreneurs for following their heart and trying to make a living doing what they love! It’s also time to reward yourself by bringing beautiful objects into your home, trying a new food–or learn about a new skill such as spinning, mushroom foraging or bee keeping! It’s a time to have an adventure for the senses, take a moment to watch and hear the kids giggling as they slide down the hill on their cardboard sleds, touch the gorgeous fleece and felt products, cheer for the parade, see the beautiful jewelry and paintings and taste something sweet or spicy.
The best way to enjoy the fair is to get a program paper in advance or visit the MOFGA website to review all the events. The website allows you to bookmark your favorite events or sync them to your phone. Be sure to also “schedule” some free time to wander…and warning, you may want to go more than one day once you see all the offerings!
When you get tired of walking, stop by the Geoffrey Warner Studio booth located in the Maine Marketplace tent. We’ll have our selection of Owl Stools to help you relax your feet and your back. And yes, similar to the other vendors, we will offer some show specials! You can also order at the show and have the product shipped — a great way to hide the holiday gift for your special someone!
Hope to see you this weekend!
Geoff, Iana & the Owl Team!
Geoffrey Warner Studio: Building an Owl Chair
Geoff discusses some of the steps of building an Owl Chair in his latest video.
custom furniture to be built this fall and winter. What’s on your wish list??
Please mark your calendars to join us, Friday Sept. 6th for our Open Studio Night –part of Stonington Galleries’ First Friday Celebration 4pm – 7pm. Tour Geoff’s work shop and enjoy the photographic images of guest artist, Wren Warner. Beginning at 7pm our Night Owl Music will begin with an open mic.
Hope to see you!
Geoff and the Owl Team