Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Season for Gibbings

OK. Here is the table all finished and waxed. I was very happy with the way it came out. Much better than the red it had on it.

And here are the chairs all finished with the cushions put back on them. What an excellent choice of fabric, Monica made. I think it works perfect with these chairs. I hope they enjoy them for many years to come. I was also lucky enough to hear the story behind the table and chairs. What a find!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gibbings Gibbings Gibbings

I have definitely done my fair share of refinishing of Robsjohn Gibbings (MFG. by Widdicomb) pieces and they are all generally very tedious and illusive animals, although very beautiful and very well built. The finishes and the treatments that are done to these in the finishing process, make them very difficult to work with in a refinishing situation, but if you have any experience with them and can get past the initial fear and loathing, then you can really come out with something nice when you have them completed. Well, I always seem to have a run of either a similar designer, similar manufacturer, or a similar wood at one time and in this case it is Gibbings. I just finished this piece (I wish I could afford it. It looks really good in my back room since we painted the walls).....

And I am working on these chairs and this table...(I have only the table base shown here)

-Unfortunately someone got hold of these before I did and there were swirl marks (from a disk sander with too heavy of a grit and too heavy of a hand) all over it, but luckily I was able to raise them out and get to the real wood grain, not to mention it had been dyed a lipstick red color and painted in as thick a finish, so we really had our work cut out for us on this. Not to mention, they had severely burned through the veneer on one of the ends of the table leaf, so I had to remove and replace a piece of the veneer. This repair came out pretty nice as well. I will post some more pictures of the table and base as I get it done.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Messengers Incorporated

Thanks to Chad (and Will) for turning me on to this. Sorry, haven't had a lot of time to post. (It seems I should quit apologizing, for the few people who read this blog, they're probably aware by now that once a month is about the norm.) I don't normally do music posts on this blog, but this is an exception. Straight from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The best thing you could find there, and of course, Chad has it. I have to find this one. More furniture posts/doings very soon. Enjoy.

Messengers Incorporated - Soulful Proclamation .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine