We stumbled upon this cool place the other day whilst surfing the Web, and were blown away by their level of craftsmanship. They recently completed a huge gorilla made entirely out of donated spoons! The gorilla is scheduled on a tour of UK’s children’s hospitals — he should certainly make a lasting impression!
The Ironwork Centre also boasts falconry amongst its areas of interest — sounds like a great place to visit. We admire and aspire to the kind of breadth of talent and offerings these folks display.
British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry
Here at Rosewalker R&D, we’ve been playing around with some different media, and are quite taken with shagreen. We’re anticipating how we might use it in our tables and other custom furnishings! Such fascinating patterns…
For the past couple of years, we have been sharing some of our tips and techniques with you on our YouTube Channel, RosewalkerDesign. We’re excited to announce that we are developing a subscription-based service to be unveiled in 2015. Our intent is to share our proven approach to restoration and repair through videos and articles. Whether you’re a professional or a DIY-er, we think you’ll find something that will help you with your own projects.
Stay tuned for more information as we put the final touches on this new service. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our latest offering, Turning a Large Mahogany Pedestal.
Now that the holidays and their attendant festivities are over, we hope you find our “Post-Holiday Checklist” useful. We actually recommend our clients go through this checklist at least twice a year, if not at the change of every season – just to make sure everything’s still up to snuff. It’s a lot easier to address damage when it first occurs!
- Dining room chairs
Are they wobbly?
Broken, chipped, or chewed on*?
Any upholstery damage?
Any seat re-weaving necessary?
- Dining room table
Water or heat damage from glasses, serving dishes, etc.?
Leaf mechanism still functioning properly?
Still have enough leaves?
Damage / staining from dripped candlewax?
Edges broken, chipped or chewed on?
- Bureaus, sideboards, side tables, etc.
Holes / damage from decorations?
Damage from fire sparks?
Any burn marks from cigarettes, cigars, etc.?
Arms & legs broken, chipped, or chewed on?
- Decorative objects
Anything knocked over, dropped, or chipped?
Silver serving pieces or place settings need reconditioning?
*by domestic animals, small children, unruly adults…
If you are an ASID designer, we look forward to schmoozing with you at the upcoming Chapter Conference, during the Industry Partner Innovation Gallery. We hope to learn about your latest projects and what’s top-of-mind for you as you strive to exceed your clients’ expectations. We’d love for you to see examples of our restoration, and expect we’ll have some great discussions about strategic partnering and how we can best work together in the future!
If you’d like to tell us about any upcoming projects prior to the show (or if you won’t be at the show, but would like further information) fill out the contact form below. We’ll be in touch pronto! (Be sure to replace our name and email with your own.)
Repurposing as Alchemy
Webster’s Dictionary defines alchemy as “a power or process of transforming something common into something special.”
Repurposing at Rosewalker
We see repurposing as more than making an oak door into a dining table or a golf trophy into a lamp. Repurposing can be a creative and exciting way to incorporate a client’s existing furniture into a new interior; preserving its meaning & value while extending its usefulness.
The pictures below show one of our repurposing projects. While the original table was far from common, we think we succeeded in both transforming it into something special, and in providing the client with something that was far more functional in her newly designed living room.
Horse Hoof Dining Table – not appropriate in newly decorated space…
One of two new consoles on either side of arched doorway – a perfect, tailored fit!
You can see a video of this transformation at our YouTube channel, Restoration in Action! So… have we got you thinking about performing a little alchemy on one of your pieces?!
Totally restored, newly woven seat – $600 this weekend only. Cool AND comfy!
Masks have different meanings from culture to culture, but what fascinates us is their ability to transport the wearer/owner to new dimensions and impart wisdom from beyond our ordinary reality… Our masks are not based on any particular culture’s spiritual practices; rather, we are interested in how our hand-carved wooden molds impart their unique shapes and “wisdom” to fabric and other media.
When hung, the masks are intended to inspire, amuse, and protect their owners. In fact, two have already been sold to collectors in Orlando – we hope they enjoy them!