Razorfish 09

New Razorfish bench nears completion. 1st showing will be at - Making the Future - starting on September 8th.Here are some sneak peaks at the new form in creation.

Elm seating plane with legs in bleached ash legs.

This new version features amongst other things, a refined leading edge line weight with a crisp fluid flow definition in the sculpted seat plane. An accentuated optical impression of svelte, flowing form on a crisp shell like appearance whereby its visual lightness and grace totally defies it's inherent strength.

Go and see it soon!

Making the future - runs till the 4th October

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From the seat in all directions!

So, here is the start of the carving & framing of a new Nimm kei chair. Firstly, carving the basic saddle seat hollowing from the seat blank. In this instance I have used an 'arbortech' You can see this tool lying to the right side of the bench in the 1st couple of images. It is a rotary cutter attachment that fits to a standard angle grinder. I do from time to time still advocate the use of an 'adze' for seat hollowing. This is rather like a cross between a heavy gouge and an axe. In this instance I reach for the arbortech as there is much hollowing to be done, not only on the top side, the underside leading edges & scoops, plus other seat blanks to hollow.

The 2nd image above also shows the steam bent components used in arm rest & arm posts.

Next the arm posts junctions into the seat are created. After this the leg joints into the seat are made. The images show the 1st fitting of the arm posts & the drilling of the rear leg sockets. This is done with a 'brace & bit' - a hand operated device that allows slow, controlled & accurate - sight to 'bevel & map' drilling.

Fitting of front legs to follow, then invariably will come more styling, shape & magic form finding!

Meanwhile on the otherside of the workshop we've been busy with the concrete mixer creating the smooth cast block & disc setting for this sculptural form. Will post some images of the mould opening soon. 550 H block @ 350 sq to be placed on a flush set disc 750 dia. You can see the mock up in the images.

Bed time - again! this time, for real

Delivery of bed - Bedroom furniture project complete. It was getting later in the evening (around 8.15pm) yesterday (21st) when the last piece of the bedroom furniture project was delivered.

Complimenting the console & sidetables

You can just see those lovely long bridge cuts under the bed rails!

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We will have some crisp daylight images posted soon,

The headboard is a beautiful wild figured elm, footboard also elm. bedrails in beech, ash slats.

bed time!

After a few days away at James's workshop for framing the jointed bed components returned to the chaircreative workshop. This project was designed & sculpted (head board & foot board assemblies) by Alun Heslop whilst the frame jointing was carried out by fine furniture maker James Huddleston.

We both completed the final fettling & finishing of line edge profiles, bridge cuts under bed rails & the pinning of the joints. Assembly & dis-assembly has been taken in mind whilst designing the bed as it is of course quite heavy so a take apart option makes for ease of transportation.  Beech & elm are the chosen woods to compliment other pieces within the complete project - console & bedside tables - designed & created by Alun Heslop. Local Councillor, V.I.P, the right honourable Mr D. Barker can be seen inspecting quality control of the bed framing progress.

Oil finishing is next,

Bed slats will be from ash wood.

Will post more pics of final finished bed when complete.

James Huddleston furniture

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Nimm Loi J

Latest Nimm Loi chair commission was picked up from the workshop at the end of March. moto_0217.jpg

Tailored to suit - this particular chair featured a low seat base & maxheight of 980 mm.

elm seat & ash.

You can just see the main vertical post from the West Hoathly Story chair in the background - more on that toward the end of the month when the whole school come to visit the workshop!