Sunday, September 30, 2012


Hello all,
If you are in Vancouver between now and February 2013 be sure to check out the Tobias Wong exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver. One of my favourite designers (Canadian too!), he died two years ago at the age of 35.

I hope it comes to Toronto.
More info here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Groove Seating

We have been busy working on more of the wooden seating. This time it is three bar stools that use the same routed wood seating surface. We had these frames made from .75" (instead of 1") steel tubing, and the wood profile was made thinner to match. It now looks even hotter.

Before the Butt Groove is routed.

Before grinding

We modified the design of the steel frames to be taller and have a raised foot rest in the front. We then ground down the welds and gave them a clear coat. The steel is much brighter than what we used before, and there is a lot of nice discolouration by the welds giving the "gas slick" effect.

We used the same poplar that we had from the first round, and picked the most figured wood that we had left to give the seating surface character. The poplar was sitting out back at a lumber yard, and by the time we found it they gave us huge pieces for cheap. The outsides were weathered and grey, but the insides have some amazing colours. I am not sure if this came from the years of weathering or from the tree.

Three Bar Stools

The First Routed Seat

This is the same router jig that we used last time. There are a few chunks taken out of the side rails from where I slipped, but they don't compromise the surface quality of the seat. I do need to figure out how to lower the sliding friction between the wood. What kind of tape would work best for that?