Nearing the end of January this year it was remarkable how little snow we had seen.  The grass was still visible in the yard, and but for one or two small storms there hadn’t been much snow.  Then came February!  Nearing the end of February the snow cover in those same areas of the yard now exceeded four feet in depth with drifts in many areas much higher.  Beautiful to look at, but enough is enough!

The snow caused a few delays in the shop as well with the weather causing power outages or making travel unsafe, but things are back in full swing now.

Repair and restoration work is a constant in the shop and I recently c completed repairs on a Windsor chair that had suffered from a serious break in the back as well as some poorly executed earlier repairs.  You can my earlier post about the chair by clicking here.  And the resulting repair by clicking here!

Restoration was completed on another Lane Cedar Chest, this one dating from 1938.  Details and before and after Pictures can be seen by clicking here.

A Captains chair cam in for repair with virtually every mortise and tenon loose or completely apart.  This was a well made chair and earlier repairs to the chair were not as damaging as they could have been.  Lots of glue squeezed into the mortises to try and hold it together along with a couple of nails that were doing no good at all.  But the chair was a nice piece and had a lot of sentimental value to the client.  The chair was taken completely apart, all of the glue cleaned out, and some of the tenons prepared to receive blind wedges to hold the joints together.  The chair was reassembled using hide glue and is rock solid and ready for another couple of generations of use. 20150213-2015-02-13_13.08.15

Custom furniture commissions remain the heart of the business and there are two significant pieces underway in the shop at the moment – an entertainment center in Walnut, and a unit to hold audio equipment in traditional audio racks – this piece constructed to the clients specifications from reclaimed wood.

Smaller commissions also come into the shop and as the schedule permits these can fill in the schedule.  Here are some pictures of Colonial Pipe Boxes that I have just completed – one for a client and others that are available for purchase.  These are fashioned from native New Hampshire curly maple and finished with several coats of shellac hand rubbed to bring out the best in this amazing wood.  If interested in purchasing a Colonial Pipe Box, please contact me directly at roger@strathamwood.com

Trio of Colonial Pipe Boxes

Trio of Colonial Pipe Boxes

Colonial Pipe Box

Colonial Pipe Box

Colonial Pipe Box

Colonial Pipe Box

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