Custom Shoji Screens

A Minor Mishap in the Shop Parking Lot.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 | 0 comments

A Minor Mishap in the Shop Parking Lot.

My shop is located in an Industrial location. Mostly the other tenants are connected somehow with the trucking industry. The building was heavily vandalized before the new owner bought the place. Slowly, they have brought it back to it’s former glory. I say that lightly as the building I am in looks exactly like a WWII era airport. I have seen airports in the Andes in Colombia SA that looked just like my building does. I like it here. Rents cheap and no one gives me any trouble. It’s easy to find too. Anyway, a while back, a truck parked in the yard with a load of lumber. Next...

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The Bug-Screen Door Finished and Installed

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 | 0 comments

The Bug-Screen Door Finished and Installed

Looks nice…but my cat doesn’t like it! I assume she will destroy the beautiful bronzed screen. May have to put in a thin clear acrylic in the lower parts. I live in a California Style Bungalow and they look great in my home. Next up for my house is a pair of narrow shoji to replace the French doors in my office.   This door is now available as a kit for $1500. This includes the jambs, finish, hinges, and the screen installed. I can do this for $150 less if you want to finish it your self. The price includes a crate. You pay whatever the shipping is via Pilot Freight....

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Building a Bug-screen Shoji

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 | 0 comments

When the flies started invading my house, I decided to take action! I built a shoji of Western Red Alder, (Alnus Rubra) which is my favorite wood. I finished it with a Urethane varnish, also called polyurethane, as it offers a better resistance to heat, solvents and abrasions than any other varnish. Finishing the wood is a major problem for woodworkers. They can do perfect work with the design, assembly and sanding…then mess it all up applying a finish. I ‘ve tried them all. I’ve bought an expensive spray gun and loads of materials to run therough it with varying success. On...

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Media Screen Cover…sort of a Mini Shoji

Posted on May 11, 2014 | 0 comments

I was ask to cover up the screen that drops down above the clients fireplace. This is clear Douglas Fir with an acrylic insert to match the 2 sets of screens in their house. Right now, I’m building 2 5′ x 6′ picture frames to match also. The client, who is an excellent painter commissioned me to build these for the huge blank walls in his Great Room. he will be able to interchange his paintings in these frames according to whim.

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Portland Artist Anne Crumpacker has me build some shoji…sorta shoji

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Anne does some some cool stuff! She had me build these screens to install her work in…literally! This is made from Basswood. Some folks call it Linden. It has a lot of visual characteristics of Maple but not all the wildness. very lightweight and easy to work with. Looks real dull when in it’s raw state. But when the finish is applied it really has a beautiful warm tone. I recently built a Basswood base for this piece. No pix of that. I’ll have to take some and update the blog. Find Anne’s other cool work on her site at: ...

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The Big Picture Frames are Done

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 | 0 comments

The Big Picture Frames are Done

My client now has one 5′ x 6′ frame on either side of his living/great room. These are hung with the clips I show in the pix below… We didn’t need the magnets at the bottom after all. They both hung flat against the wall. Next, I ‘ll post some pix of the frames with the paintings inside of the frames.        Here is Steve and Heather’s daughter’s picture in the new...

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