Five String Furniture

Keeping busy in the doldrums.

     As a creative, one of the hardest things you can come across is the age old issue of "writers block". Obviously, we use this term loosely considering we build furniture and fabricate goods throughout the region, but the premise remains; After long hauls of creative free-flow and high work traffic, it can be difficult to find inspiration once work slows down. For us the winter time (especially in sub-freezing rain) is the slowest part of the year. Balancing your work flow can be tricky, balancing your drive can be seemingly impossible. To combat the soulfully sluggish doldrums we call February, we created morning warm ups. 

    It's nothing ground breaking or earth shattering, but it helps us find our inner rhythm and reconnect with our creativity in a light hearted manner. We simply start off our mornings working on personal projects and new ideas that are completely free of the business. Thats to say, they are not ordered products or contractually obligated projects. Rather, fun and unique builds that stimulate our wilder side and get us back in fighting shape for when things get busy. 

    When sailors hit mid-equitorial doldrums and lose wind in their sails, it's one of two things; get busy working on the ship, or go crazy. We prefer to stay afloat. Our wind of the week, some random turnings on the lathe and a wester cedar shower matt.

Station West: When Clients help you push the limit

     Late last spring we had one of our favorite clients, Station West Studios, come to us with an incredibly challenging job. They have a 1980's Trident 80b recording console framed in a producers desk made of curly maple, from 3/4 to 10/4 stock. This was before we had a relationship with our CNC guy, so most of the work was done by band saw and trim routers. What we did:

    Completely tape off console and remove hard wiring. Sanded off original finish. Added a left wing to the console to match the right wing. Re-matched original amber shellac finish and re-assembled all pieces. We also had to install and refinish everything in 2 days because they had clients recording on a tight schedule. Not only were they great clients at the time, we've been working with them ever since as they dream up new equipment and custom pieces to develop the studio more.

    Looking back, it was a challenging build for multiple reasons. The technical scale of the wood working, the limitations of time and space, and the never-ending pursuit of "perfect" duplication. Accepting such challenges can allow you to see what your capable of, especially in fields you normally wouldn't pursue.

Check out Station West below: