The Process

These are just some random views into the process that goes on daily in the studio


Finishing a table leg
The base coat is red, the cover coat black, and the finish coat satin clear. The black is rubbed through to the red layer in places of high wear before the cover coat is applied.

When we go into the shop and make something as simple as a black leg on a table, it seldom is just that simple.  A depth of color requires multiple steps.

In this case it starts with a primer, then an undercoat, and a final color coat.   Then distressing the outer color coat to show hints of the undercoat color through the final color coat.  Then there are several coats of clear coat over it all for protection.


With the advent of good rendering tools, it is possible to create a very good representation of what the final piece might look like.  Especially when used for organic, curved intersecting surfaces, this can make a huge difference in the time needed to finalize a design.

3d rendering side table macassar ebony
A 3D rendering of a side table. Often we use these to proof the final design.
small furniture maquettes
Often we make maquettes to help visualize the piece to be created


 But there are times when a rendering just won’t do.  The massing isn’t right, the view from a certain angle is critical, the shadows produced are important – all of these call for a maquette or model.  Sometimes they are crude, made out of foam or cardbord, and sometimes quite detailed.  The small cabinet on the left convinced me that the curved legs would never work on this piece.


This piece is a very organic form with a live-edge piece of very rare rosewood as a top surface.  The support structures, and the fact that the rosewood is not flat combines to make the process of attaching the parts delicate and time consuming.

wild rose cornered process photo
Every piece is unique – this is fitting the top to the leg mass