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Project by xylosapiens posted 07-19-2008 09:50 PM 3139 views 7 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it’s an appropriate piece of furniture for the LJ Summer Awards 2010: the motto is “FLUIDITY”. Don’t you agree with me?
This was one of my first designs and constructions. I designed it on demand as a CD container, but it grew up by itself so powerfully, that, after his first visit to my workshop, the client insisted in transforming it into a more important piece. So I did. The pictures are quite bad and you can’t see the space under the glass, where a sea mushels collection was to be exposed. I built it in light iroko and palisander. I used nothing but traditional joints, no glue, so you can ensamble/disamble the whole cabinet just with the help of a wood mace and light hits, in aproximately 30 minutes. The heavy job was the building of the front. It is finished in wax.
I would thank you for any help to describe in proper english this or any of my furnitures. What word would be apropiate in english to describe it style?
Este fue uno de mis primeros diseños y encargos. Incialmente se trataba simplemente de un contenedor de CDs, pero se desarrollo con tanta energía desde el principio, que el cliente insistio en convertirlo en una pieza de más importancia. Y eso fue lo que hice. Las fotos no son buenas y no se aprecia el expositor de conchas que hay bajo el cristal. Esta construido en morera y palisandro. Para su montaje solo emplee ensambles tradicionales, nada de cola, de manera que con una maza de madera y unos ligeros toques se puede armar/desarmar en unos 30 minutos. Lo más duro fue construir el frente. Está acabado en cera natural de abeja.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 09:55 PM

If this is one of your first projects, I cannot wait to see what you do next!

This is beautiful. Thank you for showing it to us.


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#3 posted 07-19-2008 10:19 PM

This is an incredibly beautiful piece. And no glue? Amazing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-19-2008 10:26 PM

Thank you very much to everybody.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#5 posted 07-19-2008 10:27 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 07-20-2008 12:14 AM

Absolutely gorgeous piece with wonderful creativity. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 07-20-2008 02:04 AM

I would call this Amazing work and new age. You definitlely have a knack for wood working. Great Stuff.

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#8 posted 07-20-2008 03:44 AM

That is truly a work of art. It’s sort of like marquetry on a really big scale. You ought to submit pictures of that to Fine Woodworking magazine.

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#9 posted 07-20-2008 06:19 AM

I really like this. Natural, organic, representational, whimsical are some of the words I might choose.

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#10 posted 07-20-2008 06:40 AM

Very Nice, that an outstanding work of art.

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#11 posted 07-20-2008 08:26 AM

simply gorgeous !!!

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#12 posted 07-20-2008 11:46 AM

What an amazing piece of work Alejandro. I’m finding it hard to imagine its means of construction that allows dis-assembly. As for a word to describe its style; I just don’t know. I have never come across anything similar. It does, from the pictures, look as if you’ve use intarsia techniques.

I’d like to see more/better photographs Alejandro.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#13 posted 07-20-2008 12:10 PM

Very cool!

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#14 posted 07-20-2008 12:48 PM

YorkshireStewart: I would difference two parts in these furniture. I think to call intarsia the front buliding technique is a bit excesive: I assembled it in the way you would joined some timber to get a wider one, although dealing with the curved edges. Not a joke. The rest of the front are carved pieces: the fishes and the seeweed, both decorative and utilitary as handles. When I said “without glue”, I meant the body, the furniture’s structure; the different woodpieces to build the fishes where obviously glued together; also the different timbers in the front. But not the structural elements or the cabinets: nothing but joints. Here on the Canarys the moisture rate and the temperature can vary heavily within 24 hours, so with such an opened finish like wax I prefer unglued joints, so that the wood can work, move, quite freely. I hope my explanations are clear enough, sorry for mistakes. Getting more pictures will be difficult, but I think I kept all my hand drawings for this project.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#15 posted 07-20-2008 01:36 PM

VERY nice SIR.

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