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Blessings to the Shop and the First Lamination

Posted on: December 8th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

We are building two Mahogany tables, an altar and a credence table, for the Sisters of Charity Church.  Today we glued up the first of twelve tapered laminations that will be the  legs for these tables. Each leg has ten laminations. Vaughn is shown blessing the shop and I blessed the lamination. May the spirits be with us.

Giving a Hoot for the Holidays

Posted on: November 19th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Living and working on an island off the coast of Maine can present some significant marketing challenges, especially as the days close in with chilly darkness and summer folks migrate south. Sunny summer days are still in mind, but there is a fresh clear quality in the air. Cold fronts are pushing in from the northwest, shaking trees, rattling leaves to the ground. I can now sneak peek through bare branches and see what my neighbors are up to. It seems most distractions are gone: foliage, tourists, traffic, special events and summer celebrations, some shops and galleries are closing their doors until next summer.

For those of us who stay, resources become more precious.

Sun setting in the west . . . weather fronts are getting colder.

We have worked hard to store up what we need for this reflective half of the year. Fishing has abounded for those who collect from the sea, a nice shot this year for our island’s economy. Summer people have placed commissions and bought what they want or need from artists and builders.

We are hunkering down now.

24″ cherry Owl stool

The past six months have been good to us. We have sold about 150 Owl stools so far over the last year! Orders are slowing but still coming in. The challenge of keeping sales going year-round is a big one and we are poised to try. Our plan is to celebrate the Owl stool by promoting it through the holiday season and offering a 10% discount for any kits ordered before Jan. 1st. Workshops will be offered on the 1st Saturday of each month through the winter. The kit and workshop makes a wonderful gift for the holiday season.

Owl stool Kit ready to be assembled. Students can complete a stool in a short day working and learning in our shop and walk out the door with a finished Owl stool. Offered in cherry and walnut, 17” – 32” high

Students finishing their Owl stools during one of last summer’s workshops.

Lining up the round mortice holes for installing the ash stretchers into the legs.

Finished stools and other Owl furniture pieces can be seen and ordered through our website, and our gallery will be open through the winter months. Feel free to stop by and see what we are working on as we have a number of interesting commissions in the queue.

Stonington Continuous Arm Chair in cherry. We have been commissioned to make ten this winter out of walnut.

Owl chairs and dining table in walnut. Chairs are offered with and without postural support holes.

Owl Graduates about to be clunked by “The Stonecarver.”

Thanks to the many friends and customers who have helped to make this a busy and exciting year. All of us at Geoffrey Warner Studio wish you a peaceful and joyous holiday season.             Peace and Pronoia

Back from the long trip to Providence and NY and full speed ahead with too many new projects

Posted on: November 9th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

We had a good show at the Providence Furniture show, then delivered the Blackwood desk to NY….After replacing a leaky water pump and having to tie the tyrailer together with rope and wire, we made it back. Now we are forging ahead working on the Wych elm cocktail table, a few bent laminated mahogany tables bound for Cambridge Ma., more Owl stools a kitchen for a friend and the restoration of Willow our 32′ long classic sailboat….Lots to do. And it’s great to have Jasmine back for a few months.

Riding the Wave

Posted on: October 19th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

In July we hired Vaughn Maree as shop assistant. He has been learning the fine craft of furniture making now for over three months. Vaughnʼs high spirited attitude has been a joy to be around in the shop. He has learned quickly and has earned the nick name Owl Meister, for keeping on top of OWL stool orders.

His passion is the surfing that he grew up with in Cape Town, South Africa. Itʼs hard to catch a wave in Stonington Maine, but he has inspired us to ride a big one down to the Providence Fine Furnishings Show this coming weekend, where the Stonington Continuous Arm Chair was featured in the Providence Journal just last Saturday.

Here we are gluing the desk together.

Desk parts ready for joinery. Book-matched English Wych Elm boards in the background.

Vaughn oiling the Tasmanian Blackwood desk top. Itʼs bound for a new home in NY City after a showing this weekend in Providence.

Wren, Geoffʼs daughter, is helping by applying a final oiling to the walnut desk base.

The OWL chair was designed to meet requests to make OWL stools with backs. Here we are gluing one together.

One of the signature OWL stools that will be available for sale at the Providence show. A nice description by our local chiropractor is: “Don’t think stool. This is an ergonomically designed, doctor evaluated postural support, which eases both spine tension and sitting pressures. An aesthetic balance has been struck between beautiful form and healthy spinal support.”

A parliament of OWL seats poised to migrate down to this weekendsʼ show. We are attending to final details making ready to surf down to Providence RI.

Geoff, gluing the crest rail onto an OWL chair.

The Stonington Continuous Arm Chair was featured in the Providence Journal this past weekend (see link at the top of this page).

OWL chairs heading to the show!

This is the new logo for OWL furniture. Our evolving line of ergonomic and affordable furniture. Come and hear about what inspired its conception.

Come and visit our booth at the Providence Fine Furnishing Show or stop in to see what we are making in the shop this fall or winter. Itʼs a beautiful time of year to visit Stonington.

Building the Tasmanian Blackwood and Walnut Desk…heading to the Prov. Show

Posted on: October 13th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Soon we will be working on the Wych Elm Commission

Posted on: October 9th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Amazing beautiful book-matched board measuring 80″ X 80″ !

Vaughn teaching the OWL stool workshop

Posted on: October 9th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Vaughn is showing students how to complete OWL stools from kits during our last workshop. We are headed to the Prov. Fine Furnishing Show in two weekends to promote and sell OWL stools !

We have less than two weeks to finish the 9′ long Tasmanian Blackwood desk

Posted on: October 8th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Soon we will be off to Prov. for the Fine Furnishings show and then headed to NYC to deliver the Blackwood Desk…go go go !

The Providence Fine Furnishings and Fine Craft Show will feature OWL stool assembly demonstation

Posted on: October 6th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Geoffrey Warner will be demonstrating how to assemble one of his popular ergonomically designed OWL stools at the Providence Fine Furnishings and Fine Craft Show, coming up at the Prov. Civic Center on Oct. 22,23 and 24. In a one hour demo Warner will talk about how he is applying his new design philosophy of honoring economy, community and ecology to his new line of OWL furniture. He will perform all the techniques necessary to complete a 17″ tall Owl stool from the kit that he will be offering at his booth during the show.

the OWL back from the MakersFaire with CustomMade

Posted on: September 27th, 2010 by Geoffrey Warner No Comments

Maker Faire—Weekend Review—Custommade Takes the Maker Faire By StormMaker Faire—Weekend Review—Custommade Takes the Maker Faire By Storm

Arielle showing off some lovely CustomMade merch at our booth!

CustomMade ran a $500 raffle towards any custom service on our site, and we featured Maker T-shirts designed by our very own Steven Trevathan. The CustomMade booth was resplendent with images of some of our coolest custom items, including a colorful glass Cabinet Knob by Alex Matheson, an undulating ‘Jellyfish’ Table by Robert Brou, gleaming Striped Sins Cut Tear Vases by Lynne Meade, and a sleek Petal Coffee Table by Eric David Laxman. We were thrilled that both Eric David Laxman and Danny Birnbaum of Saco and Birnbaum Fine Woodworking came to check out our booth – it was really cool to have our very own makers join us as we spread the word about our online platform. These are two of the actual makers that CustomMade users work with to create items made personally for them, and they were there to tell the tale.One of the highlights of the Faire was watching people experience custom firsthand.  Maine artisan Geoffrey Warner was kind enough to lend us The Owl Stool which perched welcomingly at the front of our Faire booth and drew quite a response from the crowd, as people would eye the stool, look at us to make sure they could try it out, and then let out a sigh of comfort as they sat down and relaxed.

A maker checking out the Owl Stool at the CM booth!

It was also cool to speak with the inquisitive people that would listen patiently as we gave the CustomMade spiel and then offer at the end, “well you know, I’ve been a wood craftsmen for over 20 years…” or “I teach design and your model is relevant to my students” – so many people are involved in some aspect of making and are seeking new ways to get their services out there.

Cassie and Matt exchange goofy glances in a crowd

Many of us who work at custom made are makers ourselves. As a painter, I know what it feels like to spend hours in the studio plodding away at a project; the amount of concentration it requires and the time and practice it takes to acquire real, masterful skill. The constant tension between gut-wrenching frustration and beaming satisfaction that surrounds the creative process, which drives an unending pursuit of an even better solution to the project you are working to realize. Our presence at the Maker Faire brought to life the community of makers that we are all a part of, and drove home the purpose of CustomMade.

The people who came out to Flushing this weekend to see what the Maker Faire was all about are the people who recognize that making things—the lifelong process of creation and innovation—has enduring value. It is both humbling and inspiring to be reminded that in a world where we no longer need to make things by hand to go about our daily lives, dedicated individuals continue to devote their time to making. There’s nothing quite as gratifying as making something with your own hands, and there’s nothing that compares to handmade, custom made items.