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Project by patron posted 04-17-2009 06:30 AM 2883 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1 . record plant recording studio , sausalito , cal.
2 . au relaise restaurant , sonoma , cal .
3 , au relaise , wine room door
4 . trident restaurant , sausalito , cal. ( later horizons rest . )
5 . record plant , 5’ x 3’ x 3/4 ” eagle landing ( 1 of 2 )
6 . tuckerbag restaurant , napa cal . devider wall

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Mike Auclair

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 01:37 PM

These are really awesome, especially the Eagle. Great selection of woods. I would enjoy it if you would explain which species were selected for each project.

-- Measure it with a micrometer - Mark it with a piece of chalk - Cut it with an Axe

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 03:52 PM

thanks for the compliments .
all of the wood in all pics. are douglas fir and allheart redwood (hence my co . name ) .
all my work was commercial so saving their money was a priority , and still is .
i got my wood from interbay lumber , in suasalito , cal . Oz Grimes prop. (now retired) .
in all these projects , i would roughly figure sq. ft.of interior ,and order an assortment of everything
1×4 to 1×12 in assorted lengths (8’x20’) in both fir and redwood .i let the building design itself ,
as each one had it’s own realities (remodeling mostly) . the delivery guys would vie for the delivery ,
as they all wanted to see the new project . when they got their deliveries to lumber yard , they hand unloaded
the trucks , and would set aside the really awsome boards for me , in a separate stack ( customers would gravitate
to that stack for their own needs , but were told that wood was not for sale , they would hold these stacks for me until i got a new job ) . the laminated ( arches and hand rails ) are 3/8 roughsawn redwood ply , that was flexible
in crosscut not rip , so i could curve saw it and bend it (hand rails ) , or crosscut and laminated around stops i’d
screw to floor to make an arch , they could then be repositioned for other sizes .
i built so many projects that the california redwood association gave me a month long exibit (across the street from
the pyramid bldg. in fan francisco to thank me for promoting and showing off the beauty of redwood .
at that time ( mid-sixties ) black and white formica and crome (?) were the rage , the architects started to use
more wood and hence “california carpentry” was born , no longer painted gingerbread , but real wood as it is .
well i could go on awhile , but we’ll save that for later .
now i use exotics in my personal projects ( boxes and such ) i figure they are burning and clearing so much
for cattle grazing , that we better do our best to use it wisely to show what is being lost to corporate and
private greed in the rain forests . im running out of room , so let the wood do the talking and stay safe

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-17-2009 04:10 PM

I’m just amazed at all the waves and bows and everything. Yes the eagle is very cool but all the woodwork as a whole is truly amazing. Nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-17-2009 05:01 PM

WOW!!! Super cool projects. All are creative and beautiful. A joy to experience. I’d walk in there and instead of being seated, I’d wander around looking. LOL, Very cool!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 04-17-2009 05:15 PM

my first project , trident rest. where i was the designer/boss ,was 1 year in the remodeling .
the last month i was alone finishing details and they decided to open for bussiness .
with all tools on back deck (looking at s.f. and bay) i wandered around inside amongst the clients
and finished the work , to cheering and applaus as the boards went into place. the customers really liked to be part of the process ( for all of that , i got paid $ 5.00 an hour ).
don’t give up , give all !


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 04-17-2009 05:22 PM

Hey David
Your work is so impressive and creative I feel like a real beginner compared to some one with 45 years of outstanding work .



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#7 posted 04-17-2009 05:36 PM

This is magnificent work! You deserve to be proud of it!

Thanks for an enjoyable experience and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#8 posted 05-01-2009 06:31 AM

I wish I had know you back then.. so much I could have learned from you.. so much I can still learn from you!

-- Be safe.

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#9 posted 05-08-2009 12:51 AM

I really admire your work. you have an amazing sense of aesthetics while keeping the process relatively simple. I have made a project inspired by your boxes, BTW. I hope you dont mind.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Monty Queen

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#10 posted 07-06-2009 04:19 AM

Patron: You do awsome work, I love your designs they are great.


-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 08-11-2009 09:19 PM

Great pics! Nice work. I hope that I can see some more of your work in the future!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 09:13 PM

WELL NOW, I got a boat load of work to do to my house and seeing as you do such great work and only expect $5.00/ hr I think I can swing that, COME ON DOWN, L.O.L. that does include you supplying the material to now don’t it?? You do great work my friend keep posting I love your work, I learn something new everyday since I joined this site L.J.S are the best, thanks to all who have shared and showed me so much.

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#13 posted 12-31-2009 08:12 AM

Most of the time, somebody else says all the words I’m thinking before I get here. So by the time I get here I can’t spell the words that I’m thinking because they are all used up. You are just amazing! I love that wall!

-- Janice

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 11:20 PM


What can I say?....I am humbled by your talent and your skill! Thank you for befriending me!

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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