New to our website this month is a coupon offering a Free Owl Stool Kit to customers commissioning or purchasing more than $2500.00 worth of GWS merchandise. This could be just the time to order that special dining table you have been thinking about! Visit our website for more on this offer.
One of our big winter projects is coming to an end with the completion of 13 continuous armchairs in both walnut and cherry. This morning we walked down the stairs to the beautiful sight of all the chairs shining in the sunlight since the coat of oil we applied yesterday had a chance to harden overnight. One more coat of tung oil today and they are ready to go! Activity in the shop is restricted considerably during this process because any dust raised before the oil sets will become lodged in the finish. It feels really good to be coming down the home stretch on this set.
In upcoming events, this coming Saturday, May 7th we are holding another Owl Stool workshop here in Stonington. The cost of the workshop is $35 plus the price of the Owl Stool it you choose to assemble. We begin at 9am and run until about 4pm. Remember to bring a lunch and we will provide juice, tea and coffee. There is still space if you would like to join in the fun!
Call us at 207-367-6555 to register.
Geoff, Iana, Jasmine and Darci
Today began with a blend of activity focused on two big projects. First I visited Jasmine out in the boat shed where she was sawing off the ends of 350 bungs she cut from a mahogany board and glued into Willow’s hull yesterday. In spite of the cold rainy weather she seemed happy to be moving Willow along towards her projected June launch and 2nd charter season. We are undertaking a FaceBook ad that includes a sweepstakes for a getaway weekend and a cruise aboard Willow so it is important that she be seaworthy soon.
Later, in the workshop downstairs, Jasmine and Geoff resumed work on the Continuous Arm Chairs, 13 of them in this run. Shaping the arm bends involves using eleven different machines to achieve the precision necessary to attach them to the backs and legs with accuracy. We are so fortunate to have Jasmine’s bright spirit and careful eye in these projects Her departure next month will leave a big hole in our lives.
Maintaining sharp blades and scrapers is important to our efficiency and Geoff spent time touching those up for the big push ahead.
And finally, today our office diva Darci taught me the intricacies of posting a blog. Thanks Darci!
There is still time to sign up for our next Owl Stool Workshop the first Saturday in May. Call 207-367-6555 to reserve a space to build your own Owl Stool. The fun workshop is a great way to keep busy before the warm weather tempts you outdoors!
Until then Happy Soggy Spring!
As a rule I don’t like to mix politics with my business, but this is one exception to the rule. Here are a few recent quotes and comments by and inspired by our new Governor of Maine. This controversial republican has not been representing our beautiful state of Maine or its citizens, with the grace and respect that is deserved. I am ashamed that he is our Governor. We must act to get him out of office. Here are some awkward foot in mouth and up the ass examples :
1 – Paul LePage was elected on 39% of the votes The aposing votes were split between democrats and independents. I think that means he won by default. Not a glamorious start Paul.
2 – Democrats accuse LePage of nepotism after hiring daughter Democrats accuse LePage of nepotism after hiring daughter — Maine Politics — Bangor Daily News
3 – In denying support banning BPA, a chemical additive, LePage told the Bangor Daily News that all he’s heard is that “if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards,” he said.Mike Belliveau of the Environmental Health Strategy Center said the governor’s comment “displays shocking ignorance for the science and a callous disregard for children’s health.”
4 – Jumping forward to the latest blunders… He has made international headlines by taking down the Maine Labor Mural from the walls of the Dept. of Labor. In-spite of wide public outcries and disagreement. The Associated Press: Maine labor mural comes down on governor’s orders
5 – Conservative ignorance and Public outcry lead to outragious humor :
Windmill to be Installed in Paul LePage’s Throat | The Sardine Repor These are realy funny but I find no humore in the fact that LePage is our Governor.
6 – We must support any efforts to get rid of him !
Wow! … after spending many hours, days and weeks compiling documents, crunching numbers, and projecting goals we have received a $25,000 federally funded, micro grant/loan from the Town of Stonington. Our plans are to expand the shop by adding on a 20′ x 16′ finishing, shipping and packing room to help with increased orders for Owl Furniture. We will be expanding our online marketing capabilities to reaching out globally, and upgrading our work van to a newer and larger vintage. As a commitment to the town and our community, our goals are to attract more orders and create jobs. We plan on interfacing with the high school to offer apprenticeships. By honoring community, ecology, and economy, our founding philosophy, we will continue to offer Owl stool workshops while designing and building smartly, and pass savings on to our customers.
The Owl Stool is expected to be featured in the Furniture Society booth at the Architectural Digest Home and Design Show in New York from March 17 – 20th http://www.archdigesthomeshow.com/
Recent Owl Stool Workshop, next one will be on April 2nd at 9:00 am at Geoffrey Warner Studio in Stonington, please visit the website for more scheduled dates.
Working on the final finishing details of the Alter Table headed to a Catholic Church in Cambridge, MA.
A new design for this spring will be the Rolling Owl designed for comfortable posture and accessibility to desk and computer work. Also we will be introducing a series of ergonomic desks. Stay tuned…
Thanks again from Geoffrey Warner Studio!!!
Geoffrey Warner Studio will be offering an Owl Stool workshop this coming Sat. March 5th starting at 9:00 AM.
Owl Stool options are 24″ , kitchen counter height and 18″ for tables and desks. Offered in cherry and walnut, with or without postural support holes.
great for musicians.
Call 367 6555
Friday February 4, 2011 from 5-7 pm
Come and join us in celebration of completing two large commissions that we have been working on over the past few months.
The 89” X 90” book matched cocktail table and 14’ long sofa table are both bound for the Virgin Islands. They are made from four beautiful consecutively cut English Wych Elm boards. Billings Marine fabricated the stainless steel bases.
Also just completed is the Mahogany Altar Table for a Catholic Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We made the base by bending tapered laminations.
Working drawings will be on display to inspire some conversation.
Refreshments will be served.
Also we are rescheduling our Owl Stool Workshop to Saturday March 5, 2011 starting at 9:00 am, if you are interested in attending please contact us at [email protected]
After creating our new Owl Furniture logo this past fall, we finally received the brand, and it’s perfect !
In 2011 Geoffrey Warner Studio will be launching Owl ™ Furniture, a line of ergonomically designed furniture emphasizing beauty and affordable pricing. By working closely with regional vendors to have parts efficiently made, Owl Furniture will be affordable and accessible to the community, a part of Warner’s original inspiring philosophy of honoring community, economy and ecology with this new line of furniture.
Over the past twelve months we have had the opportunity to create an assortment of large live edged table commissions using some amazing board from around the world. Thanks to the trusting support of our customers and to our supplier, Hearne Hardwood, http://www.hearnehardwoods.com/ we have designed and built four beautiful tables and two desk.
I wish I new more about the origin of the trees that these boards came from, their stories and how old they were. Often these giants are destined to come down. A road needswidening, someone wants to develop the land, or they get old, or diseased and die, leaving light and space for new saplings.
I feel extremely fortunate to be able to give a second life to, at least one part these amazing grandfathers. I thank the trees for their beautiful wood and for helping to bring joy to my work so I can pass the same on to my customers.
Here are the tables and their incredible live edge tops :
Quite the impressive blizzard spinning through our little town of Stonington over the past 24 hours. After an exhilarating ski, I’m happy to be inside and warmed by the wood fire. Reflecting back on the past year I am very grateful for all who have helped us achieve our goals here at Geoffrey Warner Studio. The talented craftspeople, as photographed on this page, the many students who signed up for workshops, and our customers who have helped to keep us busy through these challenging economic times. Owl furniture orders and new and challenging commissions have kept us healthy and on track to meet our goals. The shop has been buzzing and we are well poised for 2011 with orders in the que and new designs ready to produce and introduce under our new arm Owl Furniture.
This drawing represents a Koa desk we will be making for a customer this winter
Winter in Maine, in from a ski through the howling blizzard
Peace and Blessings
Today Iana created a gift certificate for our Owl Stool Workshop.
It is a gift that is multifaceted. A joyful experience resulting in a beautiful piece of furniture to be proud of.
We are offering workshops on the first Saturday of each month during the winter.
Give something different. Give an experience.