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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.

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.

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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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LockBox Table (Front)

New! “The LockBox Table”

Antique Lock Box Gets Legs!

by Daric Gill

There’s something really special about the look and feel of old wood and the stark contrast it has with aged metal. They seem as though they were always meant to be paired together. The organic and ever moving characters of wood are a nice contrast for the cold and visible heft that metal has.

These two materials remind us of our pasts. I bet that almost everyone reading this has experienced the whirlwind of memories or sensations when they hold an old piece of wood or metal. We are taken back to other times just by physically interacting with old relics. In my latest piece, “The Lock Box Table”, I’ve tried to tap into that same set of feelings. 

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