Monday, March 10, 2014
The s-curve legs and ball and claw feet are the dramatic features of Tommy's Chippendale footstool. Many furniture makers get defeated by the ball and claw, but in this episode, Tommy stops by master carver Will Neptune's shop to get tips on an incredibly easy way to break it down. Will provides instruction, and shares his carving experience and skill with viewers. Tommy then returns to his studio to speak with the North Bennet Street School's Steve Brown.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Who doesn't want a beautiful natural bread box for their kitchen, especially if it features a fabulous tambour door? The tambour door has been around for hundreds of years, and though it looks like it would be hard to construct, it is made of just a few slats of wood stuck onto a canvas. In this episode, Tommy demonstrates the techniques for constructing the bread box and building the tambour door. He also tours the Peabody Essex Museum with curator Dean Lahikainen, who shows off their wonderful collection of John and Thomas Seymour pieces of early American furniture. Finally, Tommy is paid an in-studio visit by fellow North Bennet Street School alumnus Eli Cleveland.
Monday, March 24, 2014
In the final episode of season one, Tommy guides viewers through the process of building a trellis, perfect for any outdoor space. Whether growing roses, creeping vines or clematis, this is an easy-to-make project that will highlight the side of any home. Tommy also steps outside the studio with Trellis Structure's David Valcovic, and the pair visits the John Adams House in Quincy, Massachusetts, to see a variety of magnificent trellises.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror
In this episode of Rough Cut, Tommy tackles a Greene and Greene-Inspired Dressing Mirror, perfect for practically any room. To get inspiration for the mirror, Tommy heads out on a Rough Cut Road Trip to the magnificent Gamble House in Pasadena, California. There he finds brilliant Arts and Crafts examples by architects Charles and Henry Greene. Back in the shop, Tommy works with North Bennet Street instructor Steve Brown to explain the details and joinery in the project including finger joints, cloud lifts, and drawer construction.