45″x22″x59″, walnut ply
This fun, compact desk – with its book cubbies, pencil slot, hinged top, and built-in “monkey tail” lamp – was cut out, joints and all, from one and a half sheets of walnut ply on a CNC router.
The top opens and closes like an old-timey school desk, with a special tensioned hinge that keeps it from slamming.
Joinery made on a CNC machine has all these funny “dogbone” shapes, because the router can’t cut square inside corners. The strangely shaped mortises become a design element.
11″x17″x33″, walnut and antique milk glass
The reef-like sculptural quality of this large table lamp was inspired by the carved prow of a Maori canoe.
From the other side, a different pattern emerges.
67″x36″x18″, maple ply skateboard decks, CFL bulbs
A chandelier made of skateboards, with light bulbs for wheels.
The skateboards are arranged as though in a stop-motion photo of a “kickflip”.
19″x5″x18″, walnut and acrylic shoji paper
The diffuse light of this table lamp is reminiscent of dawn seen through Japanese shoji.
The natural rounded edge of the polished walnut balances the cantilevered rectangle of light.
A close-up of rounded handcut dovetail and base.
18″x26″x80″, walnut and linen lampshade
Named for my friend Jeff’s daughter’s favorite Disney heroine, this tall floor lamp combines mid-century lines, Asian joinery, and adjustable height.
A detail showing the amazing figure of the decorative walnut pin.
74″x40″x31″, walnut, red gum, and pendant lamps from EQ Light
Whimsical bent walnut and lamps like weird hanging fruit are offset by a rectilinear gumwood fixture.
The gumwood fixture ties into the craftsman-style built-ins, which are also gumwood.
Every angle transforms the chandelier.