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!!!
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!
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.
Happy New Year!
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.
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. This 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.
For 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.
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.
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.
October 15, 2013 in ...in the gallery
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
October 2, 2013 in ...in the gallery
Please join us on October 10 for a performance by Seattle’s Arouet Theatre Group.
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.
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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.
See more photos from this project by following this link to our Flickr page.
Earlier this year Madera contributed to the renovations of 3 bathrooms in a Gig Harbor waterfront home. We built 3 gorgeous vanities out of afromosia as well as a couple of linen cabinets and vanity mirrors. One of the design challenges was the master vanity – spanning 10 feet long without any center supports – it required an integrated steel framing to support the center. We were able to successfully tuck these behind the two center drawer banks. Now the stone counter top is fully supported and even a hefty person could sit atop the center of the cabinet without any issues!
For the other two bathrooms we made “floating vanities” which hung from the wall. Here is a picture of the powder room:
For the master bath we also built 2 custom medicine cabinets. Minimal in design, they incorporated both the afromosia wood and stainless steel. The hinged mirror doors were operated by touch-latches to keep with the sleek look.
You can see several other photos from this project by following this link to our Flickr page.