Category Archives: Design

Base player

Some of you who are familiar with me know that I’ve been prone to picking up a bass guitar from time to time. But today I’m sharing a different kind of base with you all…a hand crafted, mild steel cabinet … Continue reading

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Rosewood & Steel

I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with an extremely talented designer and furniture builder by the name of Mark Cwik. While strolling through this year’s Design Harvest show, I came across Mark’s work and was all but floored by the pieces … Continue reading

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Candle power

I’ve always enjoyed the ambiance created by the pulsing glow of a candle, casting its mellow staccato light about a room.  There’s something so base, so elemental and primitive, that one can’t help but be enamored with this seemingly life … Continue reading

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Let there be light

The patent date reads May, 1893 on the cast iron heating grates I’m holding in front of me, my knuckles bloody, hands filthy, stained by the removal of a hundred plus years of grime and lead based paint.  Yet all … Continue reading

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Crazy Mary

Well here she is…we finally made it to the dance…all slim, slender and shiny. The piece below I affectionately refer to as Crazy Mary.  Her and I go way back, as I’ve been prototyping this design for some time.  Funny … Continue reading

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Home décor ideas

So let me guess, you’re staring at that crusty, air-cooled, VW, flat four lump of a motor you’ve got laying around the house and wondering…how can I better use this to accent the home? Well just do what I did, … Continue reading

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Buckle Box

So I’m boxing the frame on my buddy’s ’31 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan one day, welding in long lengths of laser cut, eighth inch steel plate to the tired old factory “C” channel rails, when the neighbor comes across … Continue reading

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Make a Stand!

Sometimes in life you’ve just got to make a stand… or in the case of this client, dozens and dozens of them. This customer specializes in fascinating Chinese artifacts, antiques, and contemporary art.  And while the pieces are exquisite, unique and … Continue reading

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Red Wagoneering

At one point or another in life, we’ve all had an adventure in a little red wagon.  Whether rocketing down the steepest neighborhood hill we could find, doing our best Spaceman Spiff imitation, or perhaps being wearily toted back home … Continue reading

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Wrigleyville rooftop railing

Have you ever wanted to hang out on a rooftop in Wrigleyville but didn’t want to pay the exorbitant prices?  Well I’ve got a cheap way to climb to the sky in the beloved Cubby neighborhood.  Just contract to build … Continue reading

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