Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crafting Beer

   After visiting Formex and then the Stockholm Furniture Fair FilliQuist has been working mostly on a strategy for entering the main stream market. As a result the work completed looks more like paperwork, notes, and networking than anything that is normally posted here. So here is a beer.
  The crafting has not stopped completely though. I had enough time to make a batch of Birch Beer! All bottled and clarified it will be ready in time for midsummer. A nice light beer with a 7% kick! Can't wait!
    Things will begin moving in the shop very soon. First there is a visit to see friends and family and get some inspiration in the U.S.A. After that I will be constructing a sawmill, reorganizing the current shop, and building a bit of outdoor workspace.
   If you are looking for a fix, feel free to check out work on our house at Building Bjorkliden.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Restoration of Swedish Woodstove

   How is this for instant gratification? We bought this Handöl wood stove in bad condition and I spent some time (quite a bit actually) cleaning, polishing, welding, resealing, and reassembling this little classic. It is made of a cast iron frame that holds together many pieces of soapstone and cast iron ports (ash clean out, stoking door, and exhaust port out the back of the stove).

Monday, February 3, 2014

Stout Oak Coffee Table

   Here is the latest piece out of the studio. The top is most plainly a solid slab of European White Oak that has been resting in a barn for many years. To prevent the checking (or splits) from growing any bigger three bow ties have been added dressing this little gent nicely.
   Being fortunate enough to work with large slabs of wood it is difficult to mount the top on suitable legs. Search just a little and one will find a very eclectic mix of mostly awkward bases under a gorgeous monolith of wood. Work is still being done on a variety of supports that are appropriate and closer to the perfection that will rest above. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Chandelier No. 5.1

  It has been just over a year since Chandelier No. 5 was introduced so for it's first anniversary I thought a I would do a version with more shine and polish. So with gloss black paint and copper fittings I present Chandelier no. 5.1!  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


   Fresh off the prototype bench- here is a light design that I have been thinking about for a while. I needed something that could bridge the gap between a pendant and a bedside light that was compact but still gave enough light to read by- you know- so as to not upset my optometrist.... 
  Each little window can accept a piece of wood or steel that reflects light as well as let light through holes for a pattern on the wall. As pictured, the wood veneer used as a shade adds a natural element to the design. The light can be outfitted with any type of plug and FilliQuist is working on making different panels (fabric, frosted glass, patterned glass, woven shade panel, metal screen, etc.) that can pop in or out easily.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Norrsylta Bookcase (Painted)

     We left our tall bookcases back in the US which means we are still sort of "moving in". Well we have now finally put our books away. This bookcase is just over 3 feet tall or for us folks in the metric part of the world an even meter. And they are also about 8 feet long or 2.5 meter. Now- I keep saying "they" since I made two thinking that we had all these books and stuff to organize. Well turns out that these cases hold much more than I could imagine since just one case absorbed all of our stuff with room to spare! Now what to do with the extra one?....Hmmmm? Ideas? anyone? Bueller? (movie reference there)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Norrsylta Entry Shelf

   It is the details that can bring a home together and keep you sane. In this case the phones and modem were sitting on the chair in the lower left corner of the picture and it drove me nuts! Now they all have a proper place. Features include a forged hanger for a purse and a lower shelf  that is great for loose mail and all those little things (but not too little) like sunglasses, car keys, a plant, a bottle of wine, firewood, car parts, Honey Badger repellent- or whatever else one needs as they head out the door!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Norrsylta Desk

  New home. New office. New desk!
The variety of engineered wood products in Sweden is exceptional. Taking advantage of that the Norrsylta Desk has a butcher block Acacia wood top (FSC of course) and fabricated steel legs. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

An American Round Table - Only Bigger (of course)...

 Sometimes finding the perfect table can be so very very daunting. In this case I had clients that had found the perfect table from Restoration Hardware (RH) where the round table was too small and not quite the right finish. You can see the RH listing here (for now at least). Ultimately they needed the same table, only a little more ....perfect? The table from RH is built with Pine. They said that this wouldn't really work for them so they asked for other woods. In the end there were three types that went into the table- Oak and Poplar for the top and Pine for the pedestal and feet. The pedestal part of the table is carved from a single piece of wood with the legs being attached separately. Perhaps the best for the client was that I was able to use locally sourced wood from a nearby farm in Washington state. Just remember- if you want it you can get it!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Up Against a Wall

   Our walls have been blank too long. Taking what we already have I hung our Greenland paddles that I made a couple of years ago with our canoe paddles and a spare (who doesn't have one of these?) propeller.  I love the idea that we have everything we need to decorate and make our house our own we just need to take the time to figure out the best way to present it.