MA-Style Architects green edge . shizuoka
Japanese artist Sagaki Keita creates his work by drawing thousands of child like cartoon characters - making each up as he goes - to create an overall familiar landscape or object. The pieces can become hypnotizing while you look at them, trying to note every doodle that makes up the whole. See more below:
This is amazing.
I have no idea what happened but I’ve had a big surge in followers today. Thanks everyone, and I hope you enjoy the content!
Water Pitcher. Wood; lacquerwork. Early 19th century, Japan. NationalMuseum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands . The extreme simplicity of this pitcher, with, as seen above, hardly any specific treatment nor any adornment, results in something which even today strikes us as a perfect design. Seemingly not misplaced in some exhibition of contemporary Scandinavian design, yet, it dates back from the early decades of the nineteenth century. It is, I would say, that even today, impossible to improve on this red-lacquered water pitcher. The manufacturing and execution are built on a tradition of several centuries: the basic shape consists in a plywood structure to which a wooden handle and spout are attached. This construction is then covered with many layers of lacquer, made from the sap of the lacquer tree, the Rhus vernicifera. Adding green vitriol or acetous ferric oxide to the purified lacquer produces the common black, applied to the inside of the pitcher. The red lacquer used on the outside derives from adding cinnabar or, more likely in this case, colcothar, benigara. In both the black and the red, the lustre of it depends on the quality of the purified raw lacquer. Text by Prof. Matthi Forrer, curator Japanese arts, Leiden.
I finally finished my table saw work centre.
After building the mobile base, I added a 14” out-feed table and some cabinetry to store all my accessories. The large open space at the end accommodates my router, while two adjustable legs support the table.
I’ve finally been getting some time in the shop. And no, you can never have enough clamps.
I glued up the mahogany top using Old Brown Glue, which has become indispensable in my shop. If you’ve never used hide glue in your work before you should give Old Brown Glue a try. It is modified with urea so you don’t have to cook it like traditional hide glue, you just warm up the bottle with hot water from the tap and it’s ready to go. Unlike other glues it does not interfere with your finish, is reversible with heat & water (and rinses off your hands and clothes with just cold water), has an open time of 30 minutes (incredibly valuable with long glue ups, especially large dovetailed projects), is non toxic & organic, and does not discolor the wood. It has an especially strong hold with mahogany as well.
I might have to try this stuff out.
Knock-down workbench, inspired by Will Myers. Douglas fir and maple, with details in black walnut and red oak.
The other Japanese steel.
The mobile base is just about done, all I need to do is put the castors on and get the saw in place.
That part will probably be more difficult than the actual build.