Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Highlands Business Group - Winter Market & Holiday Fair

We(Kim and my Helper) had a great time selling some of the wood shop's leftovers and meeting lots of people.

I had a pretty big stack of extra materials - black walnut, western juniper, cherry, elm, Russian olive and mahogany - just all in 12-22" lengths. So I ended up making butcher block cutting boards, trivets and some boxes that all sold very well.

Below is a few pictures of some pieces that we have duplicates of for sale and can be shipped reasonably.

Live Well
Bill 'The Furniture Guy' Hitchcock
Lakewood, CO

Cherry/Walnut/Mahogany Cutting Board - 8"x17" -$25 

Western Juniper Box - 7"x12"x3" - $55

Small Butcher Block Cutting Board - 6"x6" - $10

Russian Olive Box - 5"x9"x5" - $45

Black Walnut Box - 6"x13"x5" - $55

Beetle Kill Box - 5"x5"x16" - $35

My Helper

I just found this picture the other day - as per the norm, I believe she
is trying to inform me of what I should be doing.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Dowel Chair at Modmood for $300

This has to be the most unusual thing I have made. So first off think of those
Sharper Image Metal pin office toys from the '80s - the one where you would
press your hand into the pins and it would make reproduction of your hand, see below:

To make a chair, first make a barrel out of dowels, like this:

Then  make some circles from upholsters foam and insert them in the barrel:

Now make about 300-400 dowel rods:

And put the colored dowels in the barrel atop the foam like this:
And you end up with something like this:

which works like a combination of the hand pin thing or a water bed when you sit on it.

I can't claim to have thought of the idea but the folks at Modmood had bought a similar chair at auction that was in rough shape - great idea, not so great execution - so I made another with improvements which is for sale and sitting at their shop:

7700 West 44th Ave (44th just West of Wadsworth)
Wheat Ridge CO

They specialize in New Century (think Vegas 1950s hip) new and rescued furniture - all of which is very cool and leads to things like the dowel chair, which is available for your amusement for $300.

I'm working on a second that will be black and white with a few colored seat dowels. I'll try t post up some better pics when I have it completed - The-Furniture Guy's cell phone pics are only ok.

Live Well
Bill 'The-Furniture-Guy' Hitchcock
Lakewood, CO

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mahogany Table Top

Here's a small table top (2'x3.5'), I did this spring from African Mahogany that was reclaimed
from a construction project. I just love the depth of grain available from this wood and wanted to share.

It's being used as a kitchen table so I used a Varnish based oil finish with several hand rubbed coats of wax on top.

Live Well
Bill 'The-Furniture-Guy' Hitchcock
Lakewood, CO

Miss C's Walk to Read Cart

At my daughter's school, they have a walk-to-read program where the kids switch up rooms and
teachers for reading.

Well, one of the other teachers had a small cart the kids would use to push their books to the
next classroom. SWMBO (Kim) ferreted out from Sarah's teacher that she coveted a cart and
thus I was volunteered.

So with some lawn mower wheels, and some left over cherry and mahogany, you get this:

And here is Miss C - first grade teacher extraordinaire with her cart.

The main body of the cart is American Cherry - one of my favorite woods to work with (smells great, works great, is nice and hard, and it takes finish beautifully) - and the top of the handle is African Mahogany.

Live Well
Bill 'The-Furniture-Guy' Hitchcock
Lakewood, CO

Sunday, September 12, 2010

FAQ - Check here first

I'll keep adding to this file as I get questions and answers

Why Beetle Kill?

It’s a Lemonade out of Lemons sort of solution.

No one likes the idea that Colorado is now covered with a blanket of brown trees and it offends me even more when those trees are chipped or turned into firewood – the lowest value product. Why not get a long-lasting, higher value use out of these trees? Besides, the Beetle Kill Blue has a look not seen in almost any other wood.

Why is the Beetle Kill lumber blue?

The blue color in the wood results from a blue stain fungus the bark beetles carry into the trees. The fungus is harmless to humans, pets and livestock and does not affect the structural integrity or strength of the wood at all. It does however, kill the infected trees, according a forestry expert. Other colors are created by stresses on the tree when they are growing or minerals in the soil.

How long will my chair last?

Depends. Beetle kill is a softwood and does need to be protected – paint, stain, UV protectant annually. Don’t leave your furniture out in a snow bank all winter and not expect it to look a bit tatty. I use waterproof glues and coated screws to help the chairs last as long as possible.

What about hardwoods?

There are a lot of ‘sustainability’ arguments surrounding the use of hardwoods among woodworkers – are we harvesting the last tree to make this chair? I try to use wood resources that are sustainable and local.

I work with a Boulder County sawmill which deals exclusively with salvage timber – trees that are being cut down because of disease or development that would otherwise end up in the landfill. I love working with hardwoods, but I also want to ensure that there will be wood available for my next project.
What’s a Maloof finish?

Sam Maloof was one of America’s finest furniture makers and designers, and like most woodworkers, he wasn’t thrilled with the finishing process. His finish or oil - 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 boiled tung oil and 1/3 satin urethane – is easy to apply, allows the natural color of the wood to come out and is non-toxic. I then cover all of my outside furniture with a UV inhibitor to protect the pieces from the intense UV we have in Colorado.

Can you make me a…?

I can make just about anything out of wood. Just ask.

Black Walnut Chair -Special Only $325

I try to work with sustainable woods - yes, it makes the world a better place one tree
at a time but it also ensures that I can continue make furniture.

Right now, the black walnut trees in Boulder County are facing a blight that is killing
many of the trees - it is a common blight that passes through tree populations regularly.

Fortunately, it is allowing me to make some pieces from this nifty hardwood. As a prototype,
I made this chair from Black Walnut and it is available for $325.

As long as I can get the wood, I can make any of my outdoor furniture for $125 more than my beetle kill prices out of this special wood.

Live Well
Bill Hitchcock
Lakewood, CO

Price list for Outdoor Furniture

Just for your reference, here's our current price list:

 Adirondack Chair (1) - Beetle Kill ………………………. $250

 Adirondack Chair Pair with Ottoman - Beetle Kill ……… $400

 Small Table – Beetle Kill …………………………. $75

 Backless Bench – Beetle Kill …………………………. $275

 Adirondack Bench – Beetle Kill …………………………. $375

 Ottoman – Beetle Kill …………………………………… $50

All pieces include ‘Maloof Oil Finish’ with UV inhibitor top coat.

Other finishes are available at additional cost and unfinished pieces are available at a discount (ask Bill he’d rather be making furniture than finishing it.)

Other woods are available at additional cost – see Bill’s sample box for some lovely options.

Delivery is free within the Denver Metro area – delivery is available to other areas at an additional cost.

Design for custom pieces is free – and encouraged.

Sunnyside Music Festival - Sept. 2010

Thanks to everyone I got to speak with at the SMF this year. It was great fun to
get out of the shop and talk to real live people.

The feedback on the chairs was phenomenal and as I said any one who contacts me
thanks to the show will can the same special pricing listed below.

Sunnyside Music Festival Special

Seating for Two - $345

Your choice either:

 Two Adirondack chairs and an Ottoman

 A Bench with a back.

Delivery is free within the Denver Metro area – delivery is available to other areas at an additional cost.

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Live Well
Bill 'The Furniture Guy' Hitchcock
Lakewood, CO