Ben

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I have always enjoyed woodworking. The entire process, from the milling to the finished product is intriguing to me. That's the reason I bought an Alaskan Mill, which is an attachment for your chain saw that allows you to cut lumber. (Check out the video.) 

As I have aged, like a fine wine, I obtained more resources and knowledge, and therefore wanted to expand my projects. There are only so many coffee tables you can build.

I was looking around for new projects and discovered resin tables. After some experimentation, I realized I spent more time and effort on the resin than the wood. I wanted the focus to be on the wood.

My wife was working with copper for jewelry and some other projects.  I suggested that we combine our interests. I could build unique wood frames, she would build a unique piece, and use the resin as a highlight to our work.  Despite what my wife tells you, this was my idea.

All of the woodworking is unique, and built from lumber I have milled (made into boards from the tree) or resourced.

For example, some frames are Spalted Maple, taken from a tree in our backyard that used to hold our children’s treehouse. Poplar boards from that same treehouse have been used for frames and furniture.  

Two coffee tables are re-sourced tongue and groove pine from a 1700’s house that stood in Carlisle, PA.  I will be making some shadow boxes...soon.

There is a fallen oak that I have milled. Some of the wood has been used as round slab coffee tables, live edge furniture, milled and used as traditional pieces, or frames for copper-resin work.

Other resourced wood comes from my neighbor's porch, a different neighbor’s outbuilding, my father-in-law's woods, and even some chestnut studs from my house.