A short documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry.
I was recently interviewed for an article in CityMag, a Northwestern University publication.
Myself and a few other “Chicago-area artists reflect on how re-salvaged materials mirror the human condition.”
Check it out here.
While Chicago sat gray and flooded, Jway and I recently took an impromptu roadtrip/”babymoon” to a much warmer, greener Memphis, Tennessee. There is a lot of gritty charm and history to this city. Sadly, there’s also a lot of boarded up businesses. Jway did a beautiful job capturing it all.
And we eat too much great food.
There’s a baby girl in there!
The crowded tour as Sun was worth it just to stand in the room where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee, and Howlin Wolf made there first recordings.
Beignets at The Arcade Restaurant.
“Walking with our feet 10 feet off of Beale.”
Jway outside of Stax. Recordings by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, and many others made here.
Great eats (catfish, hush puppies, crawfish, okra) at Soul Fish in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.
The motel where MLK was assassinated. There was a big crowd there protesting the $27 million being spent to renovate the museum while Memphis remains the poorest large metro area in the nation.
Just came across these pictures of a massive 13 foot glue up we did last summer. It was for a corporate office’s cafeteria. Made will old growth pine with that rough sawn look. Our old shop space sure had some great natural light.
Me, Casey, and Dwayne have glued thousands of square feet of tabletops together in the past two years.
Here’s the finished table. Thanks to Agnes Starczewski for the photos.
Just came across this great photo blog called Shorpy.
Crab House in Baltimore, Md. July 1938. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon.
Drought-stricken farmer and family near Muskogee, Oklahoma. August 1939. Large format negative by Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration.
Elvira de Hildalgo, Spanish soprano. New York, 1910. 8×10 glass negative.
Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats, photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. January 1943.
Rye, New York. English heavyweight champion “Bombardier” Billy Wells, left, sparring with Jim Coffey, the Roscommon Giant. George Grantham Bain Collection. June 27, 1912.
Young farmer of Jefferson County, Kansas. October 1938. Medium-format negative by John Vachon.
March 1936. Auto parts shop. Atlanta, Georgia. Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration.
November 1935. Prince George’s County, Maryland. “Civilian Conservation Corps boys at work.” 35mm negative by Carl Mydans for the FSA.
Here are some great images that my lovely wife took on a walk down Chicago Ave. The stretch of the street from West Town to Ukrainian Village has seen its fair share of gentrification, but many great Latino and Ukrainian business remain frozen in time. Alcala’s Ropa Para Caballeros (translation: Clothing for Gentlemen) is particulaly amazing.
See more of Jway’s photos at her blog. I love her so.
I just finished this custom job for RX Made of two wardrobe cabinets. If they look enormous, its cause they are. Each cabinet is 92″ x 36″ x 20″ and features chrome wire baskets and adjustable shelving. The cabinet doors and face frame are made from reclaimed walnut paneling. My first time using european hinges, and I absolutely recommend them. Thanks to Agnes Starczewski for the photos and co-install.