Work Log

A selection of work done by this author:

5 – 1/12 octave Marimba (B1 – C7)

Work Dates: November 1999 – June 2004
Build Location: Bellingham, Seattle, and Vashon, WA
Current Location: Camptonville, CA
Status: 80% complete

Notes: This project is literally the mother of all projects for me. It has led me to most of the points of interest which have come since: Woodworking, wood-appreciating, eco-marketplaces, farms, carpentry, drafting, design, and maybe even sailing.

The keys are made from bubinga I bought in 1997 in Grass Valley, CA. The wooden resonator tubes are made from poplar purchased at the Environmental Home Center (now Ecohaus) from 1999 to 2000- before I worked there. The frame is made from cherry purchased in Port Townsend, WA in 2000 and yvyraro purchased from Ecohaus in 2001 during my three-year employment there as part of a larger of sustainably-harvested exotic hardwoods clearance directed graciously and solely at me.

This instrument will be finished when the time is right. That is all I can say after having it my life for over 10 years. It could be done this year, or it could be something I lay the last coat of finish on with a cane in one hand.

Woodshed- Workshop

Work Dates: September 2001 – June 2004
Location: Vashon, WA- Green Man Farm
Status: Complete

Notes: This little getaway by the side of the farmstand means a lot to me. It was, for a few cherished years, the creative hub of my universe. Built with as much reclaimed, salvaged, and/or ecologically-minded materials as possible, utilizing a passive-solar clerestory-chamber ventilator, and “creative” framing techniques, it’s a funky little shack. It housed my exotic wood cache, my marimba project, my ever-growing tool collection, and for a time, me.

When it was time to set sail and move out of my hub, I rented the biggest truck I could legally drive. It seated 26,000 lbs (GVW) and was as big as a whale. Trucking the mass of wood down and tools the glittering highway to California cost a lot more than jukebox money and I hope not to move it again for a good long time.
Nowadays, the little old place is a used as a WWOOFer cabin where hardworking tilth-lovers can get together with the worthwhile projects at Green Man Farm and “bang bang” on the door of sustainability.
The roof is corrugated galvanized steel, but it is rusting, a little.

Bamboo and Longleaf Pine Table

Work Date: February 2004
Build Location: Vashon, WA
Current Location: Colorado?
Status: Complete

Notes: It’s quirky and a little mechanical, but this table came together nicely. I don’t profess to be much of an aesthetician. The joinery was fun to cut and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the bamboo which I got from Bamboo Hardwoods in Seattle.

Timber Shed – 52’x18′

Timber ShedWork Dates: September-November 2006
Location: Camptonville, CA
Status: Complete

Notes: This project gave me chance to combine back-country engineering and drafting with chainsaw and chisel carpentry. It was my first experience designing and building a timber-frame “scissor” truss, if that’s what it is, and I got to build six of them.

All the wood for this project was milled from a single standing-dead pine tree that lived a few hundred yards from where this structure resides. It is a great example of what constraints, like already cut lumber, can do for the design process. I’m convinced I would have created something much less interesting if I could have done anything I wanted.

Copper, Eucalyptus, and Cedar Awning

AwningWork Dates: August – September 2006
Location: Vashon, WA
Status: Complete

Notes: 4’x8′ sheets of thick-gauge roofing copper, reclaimed eucalyptus framing with japanese-style joinery, cedar rafters and a sweet/dry view of Mount Rainier from down-under.

Turtle Cover

-Detailed Post-

Work Dates: July 2007 – November 2009
Location: s/v Bruja Dulce
Status: 85% Complete

Notes: Acrylic marine canvas, aluminum poles, copper, aluminum and  stainless steel support brackets. All prototyping and fabrication including sewing and metal-work was done on board the vessel. This is an opus.


One comment

  1. I like the trestle table design for your marimba. I’ve done dozens like that. It’s real sturdy and there is no metal hardware to rattle free. What an interesting design!

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