How many times, or for how long, has Duke, Fluffy, Spot, or Fido's food and water "area" been a little lack luster? To sad bowls sitting on the floor looking as if a deranged person placed them there. Not knowing where they truly belong, these dishes get banged around with their food bits and water logged egg whites, really- they need to go! But then where does Poochies nourishment come from? Surely not my hand, one kibble at a time...and NOT from some dark corner of the yard, ich.....
So, how about a nice box that holds around 20lbs.of dog food, one food dish, and one water dish? Yes? Good! Then here it is! Oh yes, and no more trips out into the laundry room, garage, or some side room to fetch food. Ah efficiency.
Still working on getting the Studio setup. For the time being here is a picture for how things stand at the entrance (I know a LONG WAY TO GO). Hanging are some of the pendant lights that I've been working on. Antiqued Silver Bell's are cut from glass jugs with antique gilding on the inside and then fitted with a universal E27 (standard) bulb collar. The Blue Swirly shade is hand blown glass and fitted with standard lamp hardware (3/8 piping).
As of late I have been missing being on the water. Boating to be exact. I remember the crisp fall days spent in Lake Tahoe eking out the last few warm days of the year on a flat and tranquil lake. Surrounded by evergreens and Aspens lighting up random stream beds in the surrounding mountain's, I would ponder the year before and the winter to come. This weekend will bring a significant step in that direction.
I will be picking up a 1956 Chris Craft Sportsman. That is- a boat. Over the winter months it will be restored in the new shop here in Gig Harbor. If anyone is in the area feel free to stop in and check on the progress. Till then enjoy Fall colors and festivities!
In this inglorious post I would like to announce the official birth of a company. You may say, "But wait Skip, I have already seen this Filliqvist thing, even in a competition! What is this birth you speak of?" As of October 12th 2010, Filliqvist officially has an address! You can now find me at:
915 26th Ave. NW Suite C-6
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Stop by anytime we will be glad to meet you! Check back soon for more contact info!
So the Flow bed has been on Apartment Therapy for a while now and while it looks as though I won't be placing in the finals it was a fun run. One side note-I didn't realize that I'd be up against people that had already quit their day jobs, sheez!
The one, the only, the original, Flow Coffee Table Study
Well as it stands the Flow is becoming more of a series and I thought I'd post up a link of one of the lesser known siblings, check that more like ancestors, this was the study for the bed.
When I was young my mother had me playing all kinds of instruments-the violin @ 4 years old, then the cello @ 8 or so, then the piano in the early teens. If there is one thing I HATE to hear it's, "why don't you go practice now..." UHG!
Well here I am a grown man and I am happily, and unknowingly, practicing all on my own. OK, it isn't an instrument per se but I am using instuments. Welders, saws, drills, grinders and so on. I guess the definition of making music has just changed. What is this leading up to? Well have a look:
So if practice makes perfect I hope that this shows I am getting better. It was nice to have this coffee table as a little bit of inspiration and to be able to show that things can be made locally for much, MUCH LESS. This may become a frequent saying -GO LOCAL!
The instigator for this table came when I first asked myself, "WHY does this table cost so much??" Huh why? RH's table is approx. 4.5 feet by 3.5 feet and costs $1360. The one I did sold for $650. OK ok, mine's not an antique, it also weighs in at around 60 lbs. instead of RH's approximate of 200 lbs. I'm going to guess that theirs is solid steel frame then; whereas, mine is square tubing 1/8" wall. Never mind after closer inspection you can actually see the joints on the leg for flatpack-ability, there is no way that table weighs 200 lbs. Other than age, a steel end cap, some patina paint job, and -of course- price what's the diff? Would you go local?
The theme between most, if not all, of these products that I make it is that I couldn't find what I wanted (or thought that what I did want was outragously priced).
So I formally present the Belle Reading Light.
For a larger image just click on the picture. This here is the first one and has a 3/4" thick steel base, copper stem and hand painted glass shade all wired with UL Listed parts, thus being clear wire showing one silver one copper and an inline switch and a candellabra socket and a maximum 40W 2" bulb. The production ones will be the same except they will have a 1/2" thick base and a slightly different shade (unless someone out there knows where to get more of the one shown here! uhg! I'm searching -I'm searching.....). It is 14" high overall- the base is 7" long by 4" wide and the shade here is 4" long 3.5" D. Price will be between $90 to $120 per unit. Depending on cost and work that has to go into the shade. Oh, and you might recognise the nightstand...
This wonderful "little" table was commissioned for a local community center. Oddly there was some concern over theft(?!) so I was asked what might be done with that condition. The solution came in the construction. The steel is 1/4" thick 2"x2" square tubing of which there is almost 30 feet (10 m) in the frame. On the top is 2" thick old growth Redwood that came from the foundation of a razed building in the community. When completed the table ended up weighing about 300 lbs. (150 kg)! Theft of this table is not such a concern anymore!
The steel is welded at all junctions and the top is attached with hidden fastenings. The wood is clear coated and waxed. The steel finish consists of bluing and then waxed.
Saw someone else hated their entry low-profile light and thought now might be a good time to show this easy fix. To do it to one of those square entry lights with the nub in the center :
1. Get rig of revolting shade
2. Find a bowl of similer size and depth. Depth being most important so the bulbs fit.
3. Get a 3/8 inch glass drill bit. Spade ones work OK but you can end up with a broken bowl a diamond bit works best and can be had for cheap(& good!) here. They also last a long time and are good for many other projects.
4. Finish off the glass. Make it opaque. Put in some twigs. Ribbons? I don't know....!?!?!?!
There comes a time when one has to finish ripping one's roots out of a place and finally commit to NOT calling a place home. And while I am happier than ever to be where I am now there are times when looking back I remember the best of times. One of those very special times is (was) the Fall in North Lake Tahoe. Here are some photos that when put together will make an overlapping 360 degree view just click on the picture to get the full size and cut/paste/copy/save or whatever; but mostly just enjoy!
I have seached for years for a certain beach chair, all to no avail. This is how it started-
One day at a flea market/highschool benefit my parents bought a beach chair for me. For $15 I got a sling back chair that had navy blue cotton fabric. It was made of beech and stood around 4 1/2 feet tall when folded. I loved that chair, camped in that chair, slept in that chair, got sunburned in that chair, etc, you get the picture. Finally the sunbleached fabric gave out and ripped. The chair frame became buried in snow and never recovered and tossed out in a moment of apathy or confusion. I have looked high and low for close to 10 years for a replacment and for what- NOTHING! I found a few companys bringing them in from France and other points European but finding them instock was hit or miss and the prices were anywhere from $125 to $300! Uh no thanks for a days work and some spare materials I'll make my own. So here it is!
Made out of Poplar (I did two and the other is Red Oak), strung with natural untreated cotton, sealed with raw linseed oil, painted with four black stripes- it's DONE! Some spare wood and a bit o' canvas laying around and POOF! two new slingback chairs. Now if I can only get my price point under a hundred bucks I'll start selling these things state side!
Soooo... time to put together a nightstand that will stand the test of time. Decided to make two as well (one for each side of the bed). Simply made and not a single piece of metal! While getting back into boat building I just finished reading a book about the history of ships fastenings turns out the vikings used treneals (many different spellings all equate to what today are known simply as "pegs") with wedges inserted into the ends. So I tried this with these pieces and it worked great!
Since they are going next to the bed they were given the "Flow" series rock treatment with stone handles for the drawer and inlaid stones finished with satin. Next up, Lamps!!