Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Venture in Reclaimed Wood and Resin Art

It has been a crazy year to say the least. I was really getting into my art when an unfortunate event kept me from pursuing anything for a while. I am now back in my wood shop and I have been really excited about the possibilities that epoxy resin can create. I have continued to use reclaimed  doug fir as my canvas , as well as using some 100 year old red wood from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Lighthouse at Sunset #16 08/2014

Sea meet Sky #15 08/2014
I have also been carving some some whales, using either Cedar, Redwood, or Maple for a local shop in Santa Cruz, Sawyer Land and Sea Supply.











Here are some of my art pieces from before that I never posted pictures of.





"La Vie en Rose" Star filled night on West Cliff
Santa Cruz, California

Dead of Night on West Cliff  Drive
 Santa Cruz, California



Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Venture In Art

I'm back in my wood shop again and I have been taking my creative woodworking in a little different direction.  I have always used my creativity to build art pieces that were both ascetically pleasing and functional.
Over the last six months I have been experimenting with some "non-functional" art.
I have really been enjoying the creative freedom of not having to have a functional aspect to the art pieces. Continuing in my love to create things from Re-claimed materials I have been using old Doug Fir rafters from a 1950's home on 30th avenue in Santa Cruz, old growth Redwood from a 100 year old log cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains, as well as using variety of materials I have collected over the years.






Thursday, April 5, 2012

Half Round Coffee Table


A few years ago I made a Full Round Coffee Table with a sun pattern and curvy legs. I have wanted to make another one or something similar to it.  I finally decided to make a delicate version of the original, a smaller half round end table with thinner legs.  This table is made completely from reclaimed lumber, The darker wood is Ipe’ and came from a house on the beach in Rio Del Mar, Ca and the Brazilian Cherry came from a flooded house in Aptos, Ca.  I was limited by the thickness of the Ipe’ that I had so I decided to make the legs half the thickness of the original full round table.  The thinner legs really changed the feel of the project and gave the table a very delicate feel to it.

The Table is
18" Tall
23" Wide
12" Deep










Here is the Original Full Round Table






Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stocking Up On Handplanes for the Summer

I recently came across some beautiful Clear (that means knot free) Cedar from a job i was working on in Los Gatos, CA  I was able to salvage a few of the scraps to make into some awesome handplanes!
My friend Michelle at Craft Geek gave me some redwood planks she rescued from her friends remodel.
I have been building up my stock in preparation of spring and summer. Here is what I got so far and there will be more to come!



Model: Aunt Bev
Style: Stub Nose with Crescent Tail
Material: Redwood
Dimensions: 14"x 11 1/4"

Model: Aunt Bev
Style: PacMan
Material: Redwood
Dimensions: 14"x 11 1/4"

Model: Aunt Bev
Style: PacMan
Material: Redwood
Dimensions: 14"x 11 1/4"

Model: Sarah
Style: Original
Material: Cedar
Dimensions: 16"x 8 1/2"

Model: Sarah
Style: Original
Material: Cedar
Dimensions: 16"x 8 1/2"

Model: Carmen
Style: Gun
Material: Cedar
Dimensions: 16"x 7 1/4"

Model: Carmen
Style: Gun
Material: Cedar
Dimensions: 16"x 7 1/4"

This is the building the Cedar Handplanes came from.



Monday, March 12, 2012

Custom Sunset Knife Block


The Sunset Knife Block is one of my favorite pieces I make!  I make each one a little different depending on the woods I have available in my shop (I like to use as much reclaimed wood as possible).
 I have a standard layout for the knife slots, but if you want to make sure all your knives fit you can send me a tracing of all you knives and I will make sure they all fit. Each one is numbered and signed so you know you have a something Unique!

You can get your order started by emailing me; dan@forshnerdesigns.com, or on my Etsy site Here!


Here is a picture a customer sent me of their custom Knife Block in action! 



Here are a few Past Knife Blocks, I like to make each one a little different!