Looking Ahead

One of the great joys inherent in my business of North Light Art Furniture lies in the final preparation time, about two to three weeks preceding an art show.  It is an exciting time, when I am working toward refining all the details of my involvement with the forthcoming show:  which pieces to show, piece placement within the booth, re-reading the expectations of the show manager, preparing for all types of weather (protection for the furniture, proper clothing for me, sunscreen, rain gear, etc.), painting of the booth display boxes, trailer and car maintenance . . . 

One of the items that is always a part of the final preparation time lies in the completion of pieces to be exhibited.  Sometimes, I am not able to complete a piece prior to a show - there is just not enough time.  But as a great teacher once said, "Delay is not denial."  So - there will be another show for any unfinished pieces.

The images below are of a number of pieces, some of which I am planning to take to the forthcoming show in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  All of these are in that "not quite finished" stage.  Yes, all of the construction is complete.  But each piece tends to need special attention regarding the finish.  At this point, I am working toward achieving the "just right" luster.  When using tung oil as a finish, I have found that most pieces require nine to thirteen applications.  Depending upon the lumber, I usually do not notice a foundation of luster until the sixth or seventh application.  That is when the details of the finish become joyful.  Most of the pieces below have three applications - two have four.  Onward . . . 

L to R: A Bayfield Collection Burl Mirror, Bent Lamination Coffee table (on the saw), 3-leg Showcase Table, Open Portal Lamp, and a small Showcase Table (live edge top).

L to R: A Bayfield Collection Burl Mirror, Bent Lamination Coffee table (on the saw), 3-leg Showcase Table, Open Portal Lamp, and a small Showcase Table (live edge top).

Here is an ebony spline on the corner of the Bayfield Burl Mirror.  I have to say - I love ebony!  It adds a powerful sense of drama to art furniture.

Here is an ebony spline on the corner of the Bayfield Burl Mirror.  I have to say - I love ebony!  It adds a powerful sense of drama to art furniture.

Here, one can see the full range of color on the mirror.  From inside to outside - tiger wood (goncalo alves), maple burl and purple heart, cherry, and bloodwood.

Here, one can see the full range of color on the mirror.  From inside to outside - tiger wood (goncalo alves), maple burl and purple heart, cherry, and bloodwood.