Crafting for a great cause…

March 24, 2014 in Blog, Feature, General

We hold a local private school dear to our hearts. Seabury School in Tacoma challenges gifted children in a community that cherishes each individual and fosters a love of learning, discovery, and creativity. This year we are contributing to their annual auction with two custom crafted items that were designed by the kids from 2 of their classes. The 4th and 5th graders of the “Serpents” class democratically decided to design a coffee table. It will be made from walnut and include a mosaic feature representing flowing water that they will make in class. Here is a sketch-up rendering that we created in class.

Seabury Serpents’ coffee table

 

I had also taken some time to talk to the 1st and 2nd graders of Seabury’s Navigators class about chair design. We had looked at images of your basic side chairs as well as some artistically inspired chair designs. The kids were then asked to come up with their own designs. The plan is to take one of their designs and build it!

Chair designs of Seabury’s Navigator class

Check back to see how the progress is going!

South Sound Sustainability Expo this Saturday –

February 26, 2014 in Blog, Feature, General

We will be sharing the love of locally sourced wood this Saturday at the 2014 South Sound Sustainability Expo (link below). Our display will feature furniture and accessories made from luscious wood slabs and reclaimed wood. We will have a few special give-aways through the day so be sure to stop by. It is a free event sponsored by our fair city!!!

Reclaimed bed a big hit with customer!

February 18, 2014 in Blog, Feature, General

Here is the result of a commission to design and build a queen sized platform bed from reclaimed wood. The material we used was sourced from a local mill that cuts off the edges of reclaimed beams. By using the old, discarded faces we were able to get a gorgeous variety of color and texture. We smoothed the surfaces of the wood to lessen and chances of splinters and then applied a zero-sheen waterborne top coat. We are so thrilled with the look and design we are going to make it available on our Etsy page. Check it out!

Looking back and looking ahead…

January 14, 2014 in Blog, Feature, General

2013 was a hugely transforming year for us. It started with the successful and on-time completion of a large volume furniture order for the Washington State Convention Center and ended with the installation of a 24 foot live edge maple slab counter top. In between we had the privilege to create some of the most creative and challenging pieces in our 7 year history. So a big thank you goes out to all of our friends, clients, designers and architectural associates for their continued support and referrals. We couldn’t have continued through the economy of the last few years without your support.

Looking forward, we are thrilled about some fantastic projects on the boards. We are starting off 2014 by co-designing an exciting home interior for a new home being built in the Browns Point area. We’ll be fabricating all of the interior cabinetry as well as a few select furniture pieces…and even the front door! Check back as the spring progresses for updated photos. We are also finishing up a custom mahogany vanity as well as two live edge maple slab shelving projects.  Speaking of slabs, this spring we will be expanding our inventory of furniture-grade wood slabs. We will be soon be stocking even more incredible slabs of walnut, maple and elm – in addition to what we already have in sequoia, maple and red oak.

Please take time to explore our profiles on Houzz.com and Flickr.com. And keep a look out for our new, updated profile on Pinterest.com!

Happy New Year!

 

Juerga!

December 28, 2013 in Feature, General

juerga [hoo er ga] sp. n. binge, spree, period of excessive indulgence.

In Spanish dance terms the word refers to a lively party with music, dancing and revelry – exactly what is happening tonight in our showroom.  Join us for a live flamenco performance by Marisela Fleitas and Flamenco Tacoma. Plus Tacoma’s Sin Embargo will also return with their own brand of Cuban/salsa music.  Rumor has it that Madera’s founder, president and chief floor sweeper, Carlos, will be joining Sin Embargo tonight on the drums!

The show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Live Edge Dining Tables

December 4, 2013 in Blog, Feature, General

Just in time for Thanksgiving feasts, we recently delivered two gorgeous custom walnut dining tables. The highly figured claro walnut came from trees salvaged during an arson set wildfire in the Sacramento valley a few years back. Claro walnut is native to California and only one original stand of trees is confirmed. Fortunately it has been a popular shade tree and it is often used for streetscaping and habitat restoration. The species is also important as a rootstock for cultivating English walnut trees around the world (for nut production).

From a furniture making point of view we love claro walnut for its workability, color variation and the amazing figure. walnut slab table 5This table was made from a pair of book matched slabs and measured 42″(avg.) x 114″. The custom steel pedestals were fabricated by Tacoma’s Jennifer Weddermann. We inlaid wenge butterflies to stabilize the larger cracks and also filled some of the deep bark inclusions with epoxy resin.  walnut slab table 4

walnut slab table 1For the table below (and the accompanying buffet and bench) the client wanted a single slab (not a bookmatched pair). We were able to source a 15′ long walnut slab that had a section that measured the desired 36″ in width. All 3 tops and most of the legs and supports came from that single slab. The design was inspired by a picture that the client had found which we modified to work into their budget.

We will soon have more photos from these two projects on our Flickr page (including a shot of the 15′ long slab riding on top of our shop’s van. So check back soon.

walnut slab table 2

Easy cabinet transformation with new Richlite countertops

November 2, 2013 in Blog, Feature, General

We recently helped a local couple give their den a fantastic upgrade with a simple change of countertops.  Their cabinets, though dated, were in great shape. The couple did a fair bit of research and had decided that changing their old laminate countertops to 1″ black richlite was all that was needed.  They were spot on.  I only wish I had taken a before photo.  The simple and affordable upgrade made a huge difference.

Counter top upgrade

Richlite Countertops

 

Four years ago we were searching for counter top options that we could directly offer our clients.  Stone, quartz and solid surface were out of the question and better left to the professionals already specializing in their fabrication.  Then I came upon Richlite, which just happens to be a local Tacoma-based company.  After learning about their products and their environmental standards I felt like it was a good fit and a great product to offer our clients.  In April of 2009 Madera became a certified Richlite fabricator/installer.

So what is Richlite?  It is essentially a rock hard laminated paper product.  Only FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified papers are used as well as recycled papers and cardboard, too.  These papers are saturated with a phenolic resin and the pressed – under extreme pressure – into sheets of various thicknesses.   Richlite has been used industrially and commercially for over 30 years.

In addition to Richlite we also offer a variety of bamboo products for counter tops and cabinetry as well as butcher-block styles of new or reclaimed woods.

Tacoma Burners Unite!

October 15, 2013 in ...in the gallery

Burning Man Comes to Madera

This months TriPod Slideshow will feature 3 visual remembrances from this year’s Burning Man Festival.  Joining the roughly 50,000 folks frolicing in the Nevada desert this past September was Tacoma’s Lynn DiNino. Being that our monthly slideshows have been facilitated by Ms. DiNino of several years, it was only a matter of time before we would have the opportunity to take a peek into the Burning Man experience from her own unique view point. Joining Lynn will be Steve LaBerge shareing about how “A Gondola goes to Burning Man”, a Mystery Guest will explore “How Burning Man Could Contribute to Local Government” and Lisa Fruichantie will present “A Veteran’s Exposé of Burning Man”.

Burning Man times 3

Friday October 18th 7:00

Link to the TripPod Slideshow Facebook page. 

Link to read about the show on The News Tribune website.

 

Arts, culture, furniture!

October 2, 2013 in ...in the gallery

Please join us on October 10 for a performance by Seattle’s Arouet Theatre Group.
Madera Furniture Company presents The Brick and The Rose
The Brick and the Rose was written as a collage for voices, 10 actors will portray 47 characters in Tommy’s life journey from his birth to his death. Tommy grows up in the slums and thinks differently from his peers. He is constantly searching for something in contrast to the cold rough city. In his search he witnesses street violence, drug use, and touches of beauty.

The Brick and the Rose is being presented by Arouet and Madera Furniture Company as part of Arts Crush – a collaborative, month-long arts and cultural festival aimed at engaging community, creating access, inspiring creativity and building arts participation all around the Puget Sound.

This free public performance will be held on Thursday October 10th, 2013 at 8:00. Doors will open at 7:15.

For additional information about Arouet please visit,

http://arouet.us/productions/the-brick-and-the-rose/

For additional information about ArtsCrush please visit,

http://www.artscrush.org/

Custom Shoji Doors

September 25, 2013 in Blog, Feature, General

Recently Madera fabricated and installed a lovely set of shoji doors made from solid cherry.  Traditionally shoji screens incorporate translucent paper on the wood framing.  For durability and longevity we used a textured, translucent acrylic sheeting that nicely mimics the look of the traditional paper.  We also strayed a bit from tradition be hanging the doors from a high-quality rolling track system that makes the operation of the doors nearly effortless.

Custom cherry shoji screen doors

Sliding shoji doors

 

See more photos from this project by following this link to our Flickr page.