I can only be amazed at some of the synchronicities life presents. Names, times and places are all woven together in a cyclical web of change and chance. Once you open yourself to seeing the bigger picture, you realize there is a faint guiding line that tries to tie it all together.
Some time ago, I received an email from the owner of KY Live Edge, Drew Gahafer, inquiring about building some simple cabinets, for live edge slabs to top. Drew had delved into furniture making by chance and he was trying to expand his offerings on Etsy and elsewhere. While single slab tables on hairpin legs and up-cycled bases are one thing to make, fabricating bases and jointing large slabs together takes a bit of making knowledge. He drove out to the shop one afternoon and we have worked on projects together since.
I bring this up because Drew has decided to take on craftsmanship fulltime and I’ve agreed to help. This past weekend was the first step in that direction. Drew and I were filmed for a short video, showing what his brand is about. It was shot in my shop and I am in the video but by no means is the show about me. My shop is where the higher end furniture is built, but this is his baby. I do what I love and am compelled to do, which is creating and making and he does what he is gifted with and that is sourcing unique slabs and acquiring high quality opportunities. Seems like a quality match up and given the fact he and his daughters formal names are one letter off mine and my daughters, makes me think something bigger is working behind the scenes.
I’m looking forward to seeing the video. The cameraman had a very nice set up and took some high quality shots. It was fortunate that a large tree had been felled a couple weeks before and there was a wide crotch section, perfect for slab tops available. We just had to get it in my truck. This is where I’m hoping Brian, the cameraman, has some magic up his sleeve. He filmed the whole process and graceful is not how I would describe the loading of a 500# log with nothing more than a metal bar, a come along and country power. The go-pro shots of the timber, making the trip to the mill and being sawn, should be cool. The owner of the sawmill also has a go-pro and has placed mounts on his woodmizer for “action shots”.
Regardless if the footage is any good or not, I got three book matched sets of crotch slabs. Fortunately the figure is nice, because I stacked the flitch in my shop and it stinks to high heaven. I need to make a spot in the wood shed pronto because it smells like wet ash in my shop.