Saturday, December 27, 2008

Red Oak Garden Bench
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$175.00 includes delivery

Black Cherry Coffee Table

cherry grill table and garden bench

Both have an exterior hand rubbed oil finish. The grill table is 9' long and 34" high . Sold
the bench is 39 " long and 18" high . $225.00
lillie the cat is not for sale

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

olive trays , rolling pins in cherry and mulberry

big cherry grill table

my grill and grill table

bow,arrows,and knife

neolithic bow , arrows , maple quiver , and my hunting knife made from a table saw blade and deer antler

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

work in progress

holly end table
i have a pair of these that will be ready next week
this holly tree came from the wedding chapel in down town York
across from the court house

i love cherry

solid cherry garden bench

the end tables are sold but this and other benches will be available for sale next week !

Monday, August 4, 2008

cherry end tables

solid black cherry has no equal in strength and beauty

this is my favorite kind of woodworking

black cherry log

This is a black cherry log covered in ivy . The tree was being cut down at a law firm on College av near downtown Rock Hill . I was working on the house behind it and noticed the tree cutters at work .
Mr floyd and his crew were more than happy to give me as much of the tree as i wanted . They knew the beauty and value of the wood inside and hated grinding up and landfilling this giant .
I am thankful for their gift and their helping me to load the monster logs .

my outdoor shop in the woods

this is part of my wood stash , the big cedar and a very big black cherry are stacked to stay dry along with several benches in various stages of completion .
this view is looking south into the "black forest" .
everyone around us has cut their timber , so all the standing trees you see are on our property

Monday, April 14, 2008

please visit my website , it is a work in progress

Sunday, April 6, 2008

water conservation

images thanks to chilipepper inc
due to our severe drought , i have started looking for ways to save water .

the best i have found so far is the hot water recirculating pump made by chillipepper inc.

if you have to wait for hot water to reach the tap , you are wasting 4000 gallons of water per person per year .

this is the most cost effective water saving device on the market

i am now selling and installing the chilli pepper hot water pump

installation is within the limits of most home owners , but i do offer instalation

no alterations or new plumbing lines are needed
i now accept paypal

Saturday, April 5, 2008

latest remodel project

this is the second floor laundry room in a 1913 house
after demolition and a shed roof dormer we turned it into a large bath
we matched the original stained pine trim

hardwood counter tops

this is the before shot , white formica
after ... solid , wide plank , two inch thick teak with a hand rubbed waterlox finish
most of my work is not rustic .
another larger teak island top with a hand hammered copper sink
sorry for the photo quality , the end of a long day on the construction site and i had not cleaned my lense
another view , i love this kitchen , this top has the same waterlox finish
waterlox is a brand name , and my favorite finish . it is a tung oil base
a solid teak bar for a customer in orangeburg sc

out on the broad river

motoring with a 4 hp 4 stroke , to much motor for this boat
a 25 lb thrust trolling motor was perfect for still water

next i'll try a 40 lb thrust trolling motor
and a 1.5 hp two stroke

this boat excelled in exploring small creeks , very shallow draft , and she moves like a canoe with a paddle or pole

so far i am very pleased with her performance

ready to go fishing

the front and back decks make great casting platforms , the rear deck is removable giving 6' 3" of space to lie down , and yes , i have taken several naps there during construction .

the center box is a dry storage/battery box , the lid/seat is off in this photo
the front bulkhead will get a waterproof door giving 4'x3' of dry storage under the front deck
the only thing left is the front bulkhead door , two battery mounts in the center box , hidden trolling motor wiring , and removable wood mounts for rod holders and a depth finder

Sunday, March 30, 2008

the river mule's front deck , the finish is traditional "boat soup" linseed oil , pine tar , and turpintine

Monday, March 24, 2008

a rare find

these two huge cedar trees had just been cut down . i contacted the property owner and was given permission to harvest the wood . it was about to go to the land fill ! freehand ripping with the chainsaw
my favorite moment as a woodworker , the first look inside . cutting into a log is a special moment , almost 100 years to grow , a creation of a seed , soil , rain , and sulight , no man has ever seen whats inside , most can walk past never knowing the potential of what is inside . i will track the progress of the cedar slabs from todays harvest to thier final forms

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

the bottom is tonge and groove 1 x 6
trimmed to fit

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

fresh cut mulberry is lemon yellow but ages to a honey color after a week or so

taking shape

my original concept models for the river mule
lillie seems to be adjusting quite well

our newest addition

lillie is from a litter of ferral kittens born under mclauren hall at winthrop university
this was taken on her first day

we love bon fires ... when its not to dry !

things i build

cedar garden bench
mulberry garden benches of my favorite woods

carolina plantation river flat ... all southern yellow pine , very stable , shallow draft , great to fish and explore with , and built with traditional construction techniques with a pine tar/linseed oil/tupintine finish