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What Makes us Tick...

Most of our projects are inspired by Gustav Stickley and the creations of the craftsman era. The furniture's lumber dimensions, building techniques, and overall design are used to replicate the genius of Stickley. The simplicity of design, form, and function has made the look popular for generations. We don't use modern fasteners, plywood, etc. Every piece of lumber is milled from rough cut quarter sawn red oak. The pieces are assembled using mortise and tenon, dowels, tongue and grove, and simple wood glue.
After reading books, articles, and catalogs of the era, we can conclude that Stickley wanted his furniture to be beautiful, functional, and most of all, used by the people who owned it..

Gustave Stickley 1858-1942

 

The Mantle Project When we landed at our current residence, the fireplace mantle was nothing more than a single brick sticking halfway out of a solid brick wall. This did not bode well with the boss. I was tasked with the mission of creating a space where stockings could be hung along with other assorted visual causeri... more>>>

The Coffee Table As it happens, in my happy marriage, sometimes you just have to do what the boss wants. If she wants it, she gets it. I am constantly shown pictures, dragged into stores, and bombarded with requests to build anything and everything. Since the entertainment center was this way, so let the coffee table be also. more>>

The Mission Floor Lamp After months of searching and researching a lamp that would be fitting of our humble abode, I decided the best way to have what we want, was to build my own. I liked the shade from this one, and the base from that one, and the bulbs from that unit over there. So I went to shop and came back with this....more>>

The Entertainment Center Believe it or not, this was my first project with the new tools. Why start small? Go for the gold. Be a hero. Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory last forever. Of course it took me a year to determine what stained glass I wanted in the doors. Sometimes it's just better to be sure before you get crazy. I never saw the completed project until we moved it in. more>>

The Barrister Bookcase I just couldn't stand it any more. I wanted to build something I wanted, so I did. I have always loved the traditional barrister bookcase. Most originals are too small for todays publications or too dark in color. I needed to make one to fit my needs, not one that my needs had to be changed to accommodate. more>>

The Dining Table Ask and you shall receive. Some men buy things to apease, some substitue jewels, some men go shopping on game day. I build furniture. It works for me. When the princess demands more space, what's a prince to do...but build a dining table that seats ten when she's not looking. I love my job! I like surprises even better. more>>

The Mission SideBoard Once again, no good deed goes unpunished. I get the usual " Honey, do you think you could build one of these?" She already knows the answer. So let it be written, so let it be done. Your wish is my command, I will build something that you want, but, I'm going to take artistic license when I can.. more>>

 
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