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Refurbished, re-carved violin necks, curly maple. 13" x 14 1/4" x 10”

Furniture Made From Violin Necks Gets Photoshoot

Shelf Made From Violin Necks Gets New Images

by Daric Gill

Refurbished, re-carved violin necks, curly maple. 13" x 14 1/4" x 10”
Refurbished, re-carved violin necks, curly maple. 13″ x 14 1/4″ x 10”.

Many years ago, a luthier (stringed instrument maker) invited me to check out his studio. He let me look through his amazing wood selection and gave demonstrations on a few of his unique tools. After seeing how excited I was, he gave me a dozen or so badly damaged violins. In a box was a jumbled pile of discarded remnants; years of scraps due to constant middle school repairs. Since then, I’ve reworked some of the bits out of their sticky and marred surfaces and created a few pieces of one-off furniture.

One such journey was the Violin Neck Shelf, made a few years ago. Two violin necks hold up a thick piece of curly maple. Their fingerboards are bend at 90 degrees, hiding a recessed metal bracket. This piece was made opening week of a gallery exhibition and its quick turn-around left me with very few detailed images of the installed piece. Today I’m happy to announce that it has sold to a new owner, which allowed me the opportunity to retake some photos of the piece. Check out the gallery below.

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Workbench Table

Antique WorkBench Rebuild: Reconfiguring The Beauty In The Beast

Reconfiguring The Beauty In The Beast

by Daric Gill

“It’s yours if you want it… But I’m dragging it to the dumpster on Friday if you don’t do something with it.”

DrFeelGoodTable000b_webYep. That sentence. Usually, it’s regarding something big, amazing, and… most likely a tad unwieldy. Maybe it’s referring to that upright piano that you would LOVE to have, but just don’t have the room for. Or maybe it’s that dresser that you’ve needed, but your Honda Civic isn’t up to the challenge. In my latest case I was donated an antique jewelers cabinet that was in serious need of some love. Of course, it had to be claimed in the next few days or face decimation. I had a choice and I think I made the right one. This project was an absolutely fun piece-by-piece teardown and rebuild.

This new configuration is sleeker and more versatile. It’s now available to be used as a bar, dining room table, and of course–even a workbench.  Read onward to learn more about this piece and its reclaiming process.

Workbench Table
Workbench Table: made from antique reclaimed jeweler’s cabinet. 76 1/2″ x 34 3/4″ x 30 3/4″. 2.18.15.

[A FULL Image & Process Gallery Below]

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From Curb To Studio: Refinishing A Trashed Table

Trashed Table Makes For New Workspace

by Daric Gill

Working Work Table (3/4 view)
Working Work Table: steel pipes, reclaimed wood, electrical power.

Almost all the artwork I create is ultimately intended for someone else. This is one of my favorite aspects about making artwork. However, every so often I realize that there are things I need updated or made for my personal life too. Earlier this year I made a powered work table for my studio’s main workspace from reclaimed materials and I thought I should do it again. (right)

You can check out that project in its entirety here.

 (Process Image Gallery Below)
My new studio table
My new studio table

The New (Old) Table

This week I took on the task of replacing my painting desk with a refurbished curb-side find. My former desk was nothing special; a simple fold up table that sufficed most needs. Recently,  I’ve found myself needing a more substantial set of workspaces with an increasing need for visual continuity. So, when I passed a curbed table with matching wood… I knew I had my next challenge. The top was severely scratched and dented, there were 2 broken legs, and missing parts. But all-in-all, the core structure of the wood was totally intact. Here’s how it I refinished my new (old) studio table:

 

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The Secrets To Finding & Reclaiming Materials

Finding Those Reclaimed Materials

by Daric Gill

As a person who works with reclaimed materials, I get asked where I find my materials a lot. In fact, I was asked this twice today. Here’s how this question usually goes:

1950 Craftsman table saw“I’ve got this project I was thinking about making…. If you don’t mind me asking, where do you find all of this amazing material?!”

This is a very flattering question and I’m more than happy to share in the reclaimed materials movement.

Having said that, I’ve found that there’s actually quite an array of motives and goals behind that question. This post will cover the right questions to ask yourself so that you can be on your way to finding newly reclaimed materials.

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