Category Archives: Musings

Floating steel

Spring has arrived and my soul is aloft once more…as are the soles of my boots, and the rest of me for that matter, about fifty feet in the air on a Chi-town rooftop.  And while this season is certainly … Continue reading

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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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Autumn

yesterday there were no leaves on the ground today they abound driven down from lazy swaying tendril tips by that wicked October noreaster that cuts as hard as it whips so welcome fall welcome autumn it’s been so very long … 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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Rocketship

built a rocketship for a friend so she could jettison to galaxies beyond in search of life forms as intelligent as she ain’t no engineer but I’ve ridden that train ain’t no cosmonaut that’s not something I’d feign ain’t no astrophysicist … 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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