Not your traditional Mirror

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Project by Kaleo posted 02-06-2007 09:17 AM 2644 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This mirror was made to fufill a brief we were given, to design a mirror that was not your typical mitred frame. So I designed a mirror that has two wall hung pieces and the mirror is suspended inbetween them.

The primary wood is Tasmanian Mrytle. The two outer pieces are just two pieces that are dovetailed together at 90 degrees. Then they are mounted to the wall and left to hang at whatever angle they fall. Each of the face boards came from the same piece of wood. I resawed a 50mm piece, so that I could bookmatch the 2 pieces, or in other words I wanted them to be mirror images of each other. Also I have done a pixelated inlay on each of these face boards. They are also mirror images of each other. The inlay is with Jarrah.

The mirror hangs from a rounded piece of Mrytle that sits in one of three possible spots. Then there are 2 brass rods that attach the mirror to the round piece.

It is finish with 4 coats of Ardvos plant based wood oil and a good coat of wax.

-- Kaleo ,

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#1 posted 02-06-2007 10:24 AM

Wow, Kaleo. I love your imaginative designs.

Tasmanian Myrtle is a lovely wood. I’ve used it in my small boxes. However, all of the Myrtle I’ve been able to get my hands on has a very subtle grain. You were fortunate to obtain something with some very nice figure.

Does the school have timber for you to select, or does each student have to locate their own? The problem I always face is that I purchase so little, I can’t even talk my supplier into setting some of the more interesting pieces aside for me. Unless I want to visit my supplier frequently, the really nice stuff gets away from me.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 02-06-2007 01:26 PM

Beautiful, make way for the future, here comes Kaleo.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 02-06-2007 01:35 PM

Thanks alot Don and Dick.

Don- The school here brings in about a cubic meter of wood a year. At the moment they provide the timber, but in the near future the students will have to source there own. Yeah we are lucky to get some nice timber, but it goes first and then you are left with everything else. But the Tasmanian timbers are some of the nicest in the world.

-- Kaleo ,

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#4 posted 02-06-2007 05:48 PM

Kaleo…your design skills would show even if all you had to work with was MDF. Good job!

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#5 posted 02-06-2007 10:56 PM

Kaleo: can you tell us anything about the school you’re going to? What is the program like? And how long does it run?

Nice work!

-- Rookster, (

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#6 posted 02-06-2007 11:55 PM

Thanks alot Dennis.


I attend The Australian School of Fine Furniture. I am from Virginia and decided to fly over here and attend the school. It is a 2 year program in fine furniture making and design. We focus on traditional building techniques with traditional joinery, but with a focus on comtemporary design. Which is the reason I came to this school. I look into the North Bennett Street School. But there focus was on antique reproduction. I know that if you can build those items you can build anything. But I wanted to learn more about design and fine furniture making. Not just furniture making.

-- Kaleo ,

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#7 posted 02-07-2007 12:48 AM

Quote rookster: ”Kaleo: can you tell us anything about the school you’re going to? What is the program like? And how long does it run?”

Robert, have a look here.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 02-08-2007 01:26 AM

I’d be jealous if you were going the North Bennett – looked into there myself (and made several family members jealous of the opportunity “If I was younger…” ) – I was torn between the Historic Preservation track or the Fine Furniture one…. Going to Boston would be pretty cool, but going to Australia is amazing! (so color me even more jealous) What a fantastic opportunity in and outside school.

Oh, and the mirror is great. Being a graphic designer I get a kick out of the pixelated design you added to the sides. :)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 02-08-2007 03:33 AM

that is stunning, it’s like and art piece, keep tposting these beautiful pieces.

-- Cheers

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#10 posted 02-08-2007 01:31 PM

Thanks to all of you for your comments. I will be posting things as I make them this year. There are some interesting design projects this year.

-- Kaleo ,

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#11 posted 08-25-2008 07:27 PM

Very creative i love it… Dug

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 08-25-2008 07:45 PM

great design and idea looks very well on the wall .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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