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Today at the Studio

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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.

Jasmine Hard At Work

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.

Jasmine (with armchair bend) and Geoff in the workshop.

Maintaining sharp blades and scrapers is important to our efficiency and Geoff spent time touching those up for the big push ahead.

Geoff sharpening a scraper

And finally, today our office diva Darci taught me  the intricacies of posting a blog. Thanks Darci!

Darci Hard At Work

Upcoming Events:

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!

Iana

Windmill to be Installed in Paul Le Page’s Throat

Posted on: March 28th, 2011 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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  :

———-> LAUGH at the NEWS: Maine Governor Pincered to Death

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 !

Geoffrey Warner Studio Receives $25,000. Federally Funded, Micro Grant/Loan from the Town of Stonington

Posted on: March 9th, 2011 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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!!!

Treat Your Posture to an Owl Stool … Workshop Sat.

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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

Open shop tour at Geoffrey Warner Studio

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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]

English Wych Elm Table

Fractal Geometry Live Edge

Wych Elm Cocktail and Sofa Tables

American Benders of Wood

Oiling the Wych Elm Top

We Just Received Our New Owl Furniture Logo Stamp

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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.

Wood From Around the World, Giving a Second Life to these Amazing Grandfather Trees

Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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 :

Big Leaf Maple Conference Table from N.W. United States

Jasmine and Iana helping to build the base to the Conference Table

Olive Coffee Table and Desk from the Mediterranean Coast of Europe

Peering Through Two Book Matched Olive Wood Boards

Australian Tasmanian Blackwood Desk at the Providence Fine Furniture Show in November

Wren Finishing the Black Walnut base to the Tasmanian Black Wood Desk

Vaughn Oiling Black Wood Top

Billings Marine made the Stainless Steel Bases www.billingsmarine.com

Vaughn, Darci and Geoff standing behind the Wych Elm Cocktail Table

Thank You from Geoffrey Warner Studio Wishing All a Joyful and Peaceful New Year

Posted on: December 29th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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.

Our New Logo

Owl Student Workshop

Iana

Steve

Vaughn

Wren

Jasmine

Hope

Dana

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

A Gift of Fun, Beauty and Mastery!

Posted on: December 20th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

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.

OWL stools will be at the Broolin Inn Tomorrow

Posted on: December 10th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Come to the Brooklin Inn tomorow and try out the OWL stool . They make great gifts for the holiday.

After dinner there will be live music performed by Geoff Warner and friends ….. fiddling, singing, and holiday spirits in the pub.