May 15, 2007

Lael's first piece, a wall cabinet in pear, red cabruva and Mendocino cypress. The use of graphics in this piece is outstanding. The workmanship is exquisite. The hardware, including hinges and wall hanging brackets, are shop made.

Lael's second piece, a cabinet on a stand of hemlock, yew, Port Orford cedar, western maple & red cabruva. Lael utilized the prismatics of the hemlock in the parquetry band, which wraps three sides of the piece. The NK drawers are fit with let go with pulls of red cabruva. As finding clean pacific yew can be a challenge, Lael chose to veneer the legs, which are of a solid core and are attached to the rails using twin mortise and tenon construction. Lael has been a treat to have here at the school. His wife is flying down to join him for the drive home to Alaska where Lael will be fishing for the summer before setting up shop and begin independent work as a craftsman. We will enjoy watching this talented you man on his journey.

Ian's sideboard completed in the fall of teak, beech, eastern maple and bocote. This piece was purchased by an Inside Passage Alumni from Germany and will be featured in the Furniture Society exhibition in Victoria. Ian is nearing completion of his rocking chair (waiting on upholstery) in Indian rosewood, which will be submitted for the jury process later this summer at the Northwest Furniture Gallery in Seattle. Ian has taken on an extended role at our school. He now teaches two and a half days per week in both the Craftsman and Artisan Programs.

Jacques' first piece, a cabinet on stand of english brown oak, wenge, bocote, spalted curly maple, London plane, Imbuya & brass (shop made hardware). This lovely piece will also be heading down to Seattle for jury consideration.

Jacques' second piece, a cabinet with integrated legs of doussie, spalted curly maple, Port Orford cedar and brass (shop made hardware). Jacques will be returning to Inside Passage in the spring to take part in our Journeyman Program before returning to the Maritimes to set up shop on the east coast. Jacques is a fine craftsman and was a huge help in the final days of the program assisting his fellow students. He will be sorely missed. He and his partner Claire are heading down to California to visit friends including Todd Sorenson, one of our Journeyman Craftsman and of course JK.

Federico's cabinet on a stand completed in the first semester of claro walnut, wenge & Spanish cedar. This piece was purchased by an Inside Passage Alumni from Germany and will be heading to the Furniture Society Exhibition in Victoria.

Federico's second piece, a compound curved parquetry table top cabinet of macassar ebony, wenge, Port Orford cedar, western maple & holly. This piece, which photography cannot possibly do any justice, involved a huge learning curve. Federico has begun to find his voice. We look forward to watching Federico's skills continue to develop as he, along with other alumni, set up bench space at a cooperative shop opened by Stephen Esdon, one of last year's graduates. Stephen joined us this past week where he shared his insights on setting up a shop and business, which was well received by all.

Scott King's first piece, a treasure box for his daughter Isabella of European beech, Spanish cedar, Douglas fir & red cabruva. This special little cabinet is full of details. The workmanship is superb and covers many of the skills covered in the first semester of the program.

Scott's second piece for his wife Kathy, a side chair of Narra & Danish cord. A challenging first chair very well done in a lovely wood from our friends at Gilmer Wood Company in Portland. The surfaces were finished primarily with a chair scrape, made earlier in the semester. Scott and his family will be returning to the Barbados where Scott will be setting up shop and commencing independent work. It has been a pleasure having Scott and his family here at the school and we will be sad to see them leave.

Juan Carlos' first piece, a tabletop cabinet of pear, bubinga, maple, ambonya burl & Post Orford cedar. Juan Carlos' architectural background is evident in his work. Back in Venezuela he did much of his work with simple tools. Juan has developed exceptional hand skills and we are pleased that he will be joining us for a second year of study. He and his wife Beatrice are heading down to California to visit friends including JK.

Juan Carlos' second piece underway. This piece is an attempt to use some of the innovative methods he has used in his sculptures in a Krenovian wall cabinet. This piece will receive two small drawers in the bottom before heading down for the jury process in Seattle. Juan will remain at the school for part of the summer before returning to Venezuela for a short break before the Craftsman Program begins in September.

Steven's second piece, a tabletop cabinet for his mom of Claro Walnut, Pacific Yew and Spanish cedar. A lovely piece, which shows the dramatic improvement in skill and knowledge since his arrival at the school. His first piece is being photographed and will be posted on our students web pages coming soon. Stephen has returned to his family in Powell River where he has a shop underway.

Juliette enjoys her homemade birthday cake made for the occasion by Robert.

While waiting for his upholstery Ian has been busy making a press table and ten coopering planes for the Artisan Program. The coopering planes are soon to see use in our very popular Artisan E Veneers & Curves offered twice each summer.

Scott burns the midnight oil to complete the weaving of his chair seat the night before the open house at 2:15am. The final push for a deadline gives students the taste of the life of an independent craftsman.

Scott and his lovely family enjoy his finished piece, a chair that is comfortable as it is beautiful. Scott tells me that he slept well that night, well deserved.

Ian assists Robert with the final demonstration for the year, slip seat upholstery.

Robert's chair in wenge with shaping underway. This chair will receive weaved hickory bark seat. It will be shown along with student work during the upcoming Furniture Society Conference Show in Victoria.