First off: this is very nice and unexpected. Our lovely two-seater Crane bench in blue is in the April 2013 issue of Dwell. They didn't call us to ask us any questions, they just came to our site, grabbed an image from our downloads page, read our marketing copy and went to work. Just how it's supposed to be. One small problem though: it's Dexter Thornton, not Deter Thornton. Sure, an honest mistake, just a typo, and no doubt copy editors and proofreaders have overlooked far worse (and no doubt we've got worse lurking on this site). But what a treat for us! Our man has a strange Gypsy superpower: almost no one remembers his name correctly on first meeting. It's true. We've got a board full of the names he's been called around town, and we'll end this post with a full rundown of the current set: Devon, Dusty, Dennis, Derek, Stewart, Kessler, Alistair, Chester, Baxter, Declan, Jackson, Tyson, Drexler, Preston, Rustin and Stu. So Swell magazine, thanks for the press and keep up the good work.
These shots here are details from the sand-blasted cor-ten steel doors of our NOL tallboy shipping container, which we use for storage of parts and material and which is where our panel saw lives. If you don't know cor-ten and you don't know what the hell NOL is and you don't know that shipping containers come in sizes called tallboys then that last sentence is pretty much nonsensical. But still the pictures of that rusty steel and that fresh NOL logo are pretty and who reads this blather anyway?
In honor of gaining an hour of evening sun and the quick melting of yesterday's snow and the fact that upper Larimer street, between Broadway and Downing in Denver, is now a two-way with bike lanes in both directions, here's a pair of details from another fresh mural. This one's on the northwest face of 3424 Larimer, in one of our hoods. Not sure which of these fine creatures we'd rather be pedaling with—the fella heading downtown or the one heading home. To help you decide for yourselves, there's a look with a bit more context after the jump.
This thing is awesome. We'd end it right there if we had any sense, but we tend to get a little wordy sometimes so what the hell? It's our Grasshopper lounge chair, of course, triple-wide. There's a double-wide version too, and it'll have optional upholstery if that's your thing. Or it'll just walk around naked like this one here, 'cause really, if we looked this good naked we'd walk around naked too. Coming soon to our revamped DoubleButter production catalog, with upholstery options for indoors and out, super-cushioned or real-firm—it'll be up to you.
Yes, we've resurrected this theme for Sandwich posts: the un-suckiness of our neighborhoods. Here we call out this strange and beautiful mural on the backside of the Walnut Street Woodworks shop on the 3400 block of Walnut. The best place to see it is from Larimer between 34th and 35th in our rapidly changing Cole/5-Points/RiNo/whatever neighborhood, now home to the Populist, Nooch Vegan Market, Infinite Monkey Theorum winery, Black Shirt Brewing and much, much more. More posts will follow, especially as the weather improves and the days get longer and the after-work bike rides return to full swing.
Here's a pretty book, full of pretty prints and interesting process photos and how-to tips. We spend too much time working with wood, perhaps, but we almost never look at it like this: deeply detailed cross sections of whole trees, typically, but also prints made from machined lumber. More photos of pages from the book (atop our beloved Turtle work table in solid walnut) after the jump and even more through this link to Bryan Nash Gill's website.
We recently wrapped up the tiling stage of a bathroom remodel—years in the making and, what with the missing toilet and door and vanity and whatnot, many months from completion. But the shower works beautifully and the tile is lovely and the light through the new glass block insert to the south is the best in the house. The passage is a bit from Wallace Stegner's classic Angle of Repose, a lifelong favorite of ours. It's from a climactic scene, as it were, and it's visceral and Western and the sentences are clear and declarative and true. Worth sitting for a brief spell to consider.
We swung by the MCA Denver this weekend and happened on a lovely and odd film by William Lamson. The piece is called Action for the Delaware and to watch it just click on this text to link to his site or head over to the MCA before April 7, 2013. We've seen his work before and we're fans—he's got a fine eye for both beauty and absurdity (the Tillmans of Horsehead Crating are fans too, though we're not sure that's a recommendation). More images of other pieces from his site follow after the jump with more links to films and other information.
It was only a matter of time, really. Not for us to make this fine table in this fine material with this fine finish—we made the first one years ago—but for us to finally drag one into the "photo studio" to snap a proper catalog picture. This version in this color is a fan favorite of a particular regular customer and it's become one for us too. It's all welded and fastener-free, powder-coated in one bang shoot. We make them in this the 4-seater, plus a 6-seater and an 8-seater. Hell, we've even made a kitchen island in the style at 10-feet long. Totally handsome, unfussy and bomb-proof. So, steps one and two—the making and the photographing—down. Now we just need to do all the busy-ness that makes it a product someone can actually order. All in good time.