Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mollusque To Go To New York - September 2012

New York

Mollusque is being shipped off to New York. Marc's work will be included in Todd Merrill's stable of contemporary artists and will be on show in October at The Armory for The International Fine Arts and Antique Dealers show.

Todd Merrill displays the work of many prolific designers and makers including Joseph Walsh, Micheal Coffey and Gareth Neal in is shop in New York and at exhibitions all over the world.


Marc's Latest Piece Started

Chris has been busy making maquettes for the new project using our 3D printer. We don't want to give too much away at the moment as it is still in the early stages of development but in the coming months it will start to become apparent as to what it is. Watch this space.

Students' CAD Course

Computer Aided Design has become an especially important tool in furniture making in the last few years and so Marc's courses now incorporate a week of CAD training for the students. The lessons focus on 2D and 3D drawing using AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 3D and Google SketchUp.

Membrane Press Project Finished

Our new Membrane Press is now finished and ready for testing. So far we have been very impressed with it, the instructions were clear and concise, all components are made to a high quality, and in general it is very easy to use compared with the standard bag press systems.

We've added the membrane press to our growing collection of AirPress products. We have used AirPress for 7 years now and have always found them to be extremely effective and reliable. For more infomation on AirPress visit their website at

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Membrane Press September 2012

Membrane Press

AirPress have spent a number of years developing their membrane press as an answer to problems that makers have encountered with standard bag press systems. They have sent us one to be tested for an upcoming article for Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine which I will be building in the next couple of days. AirPress claim it is easier to use and eliminates problems such as the bag getting caught underneath laminates.


New Project

Chris has begun work on the latest Marc Fish piece: a cabinet in the form of a shell. In keeping with the theme that has been the inspiration for Marc's last two pieces of furniture, this project will take the technique of laminating veneers to a new level. Chris has started by making a scale model, for which you can see him making the former in the pictures below.



Special Guest

Today we were visited by Lauren from the Wharton Esherick Museum. If you haven't heard of Wharton Esherick then we strongly recommend you check out his work. Although not widely known in this country, he had a strong influence on furniture makers like Wendell Castle and John Makepeace.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Spray Metal Finishing and More September 2012

 Spray Metal Finishing

As you may have noticed last week, Marc Fish's latest piece Mollusque is finished in a copper coating on the inside surface. This was done with a product made by Vero Metal ( and on Wednesday the students enjoyed an afternoon of experimenting with it. This product opens up endless possibilities due to the fact that literally anything can be sprayed.

Tool handles, wood, a shell and a milk bottle, primed and ready for spraying
Kris spraying his spokeshave handles in bronze

We left the objects to dry overnight and then began polishing and using patination fluids to give a corroded appearance.

A bronze pencil, a copper light bulb, aluminium detail on a wooden box, a copper egg, and a bronze hand plane handle

3D Printing

Last week I mentioned that Chris was experimenting with our 3D printer, and he has managed to successfully print a shell...

Theo's Jewellery Box

Theo who finished his furniture making course last week has sent through some photos of his jewellery box he made during his time here. A jewellery box is the standard first project on Marc Fish's furniture making course. It is ideal for a first project as it is small and incorporates a variety of techniques and skills. The students also design the box and choose which timbers to use. For this one Theo chose Indian rosewood and sycamore.


More next Friday!