FOLLOW THE GRAIN

Write up from IYRS

Brandon Gatti  This article is part of the stories series from the International Yacht Restoration School. [caption id="attachment_234" align="alignnone" width="287"]Grain_wood_shop_Boston_IYRS_Brandon_Gatti Summer of 2003 documenting a boat at Mystic seaport[/caption]

Industrial Kitchen

[caption id="attachment_268" align="alignnone" width="300"]Grainwoodshop_Kitchen_Boston_industial_Walnut Detail of drawer pull[/caption] Winter has come and gone and I have been busy! Busy days at the shop are great for me, but it doesn’t give me much time to keep you updated on my current projects. Recently, Windy Films moved into the Shipyard in a 4,000 square foot space that used to be an old fire station. They needed a kitchen built that would work within their offices, but also make their clients feel comfortable to hang out in while they were shooting on the studio floor. [caption id="attachment_253" align="alignnone" width="300"]Custom walnut kitchen cabinets with steel shelves and concrete countertops Custom walnut kitchen cabinets with steel shelves and concrete countertops[/caption] For the kitchen, we integrated steel, concrete and wood to tie into the look of the rest of Windy Film’s space and the Shipyard. The idea was to go modern but not over the top. We created lots of concrete counter space, flat panel walnut cabinets, and open shelves for top units. [caption id="attachment_252" align="alignnone" width="300"]Walnut Kitchen with steel and concrete, Boston, MA Walnut Kitchen with steel and concrete, Boston, MA[/caption] The top shelves are steel brackets with a satin polyurethane finish. The steel is rough with exposed welds, and have walnut end grain pushed into the open tube stock. On top is 1" walnut with satin varnish finish. The shelves all extend from the refrigerator to the wall, which is 14'. [caption id="attachment_269" align="alignnone" width="300"]Grainwoodshop_steelshelves_industial_Boston_Walnut_Kitchen Steel tube shelf with Walnut top[/caption] We also did a charcoal concrete counter top that weighs close to 500lbs all together. This counter top was built off site in the shop, sanded to about 1000 grit, sealed, and installed. [caption id="attachment_270" align="alignnone" width="300"]Grainwoodshop_Concrete_countertop_industrial_kitchen_Boston Concrete countertop[/caption] We used a satin varnish for the finish on the walnut. This is durable to keep the woodwork protected from spills and other accidents in the kitchen. [caption id="attachment_271" align="alignnone" width="300"]Grainwoodshop_industrial_Kitchen_Boston_handcrafted_Woodworking Sink Detail[/caption] This was a great project for my new neighbors in the shipyard. Check out their website at www.windyfilms.com to learn more about their films that matter. As their space evolves and becomes more complete, I look forward to sharing pictures with everyone.      

Working with Reclaimed timbers

     You may have heard me talking about reclaimed wood lately. Out of the four jobs we currently have in the shop,three of them are using reclaimed wood. So, why the increasing popularity and what exactly is it? All of the pictures in this post are projects that I have recently completed, Enjoy!

[caption id="attachment_251" align="alignnone" width="300"]Reclaimed cabinets in Boston, MA Reclaimed cabinets in Boston, MA[/caption]

What is Reclaimed Wood? Throughout the past century there have been countless homes, buildings, barns, and bridges made out of virgin wood. When these structures come to the end of their working life and are knocked down, this wood is salvaged and recycled for a new purpose. You can see reclaimed wood used in remodeling homes, building cabinets, doors, flooring, and furniture. Its popularity can be attributed to its sustainability, unique character, strength and history.

[caption id="attachment_258" align="alignnone" width="170"]Grainwoodshop_barndoor_chestnut_Boston_woodworking_reclaimed Reclaimed chestnut sliding barn door[/caption]   Reclaimed wood is sustainable: Wood, unlike stone materials like marble and granite, is an environmentally sustainable resource because wood is renewable. Reclaimed wood is even more sustainable because it’s recycling a renewable resource for double the use. Rather than demolishing an old barn or other structure, the boards are carefully taken down, refinished, and resold for an entirely new purpose. This falls in line with the green modeling design idea as home and business owners strive to be more environmentally friendly. [caption id="attachment_259" align="alignnone" width="236"]Grainwoodshop_reclaimed_slidingbarndoor_Boston_woodworking Detail of hardware for the reclaimed chestnut sliding barn door[/caption] Reclaimed wood has a unique appearance: Unlike newly sourced wood, reclaimed wood has been aged and weathered for many decades which contributes to an unsurpassed beauty. This adds a unique character which really shows the color, texture and character of the wood.   [caption id="attachment_254" align="alignnone" width="166"]Reclaimed Chestnut sliding barn door Reclaimed Chestnut sliding barn door[/caption] Reclaimed wood is strong, stable and durable: Thanks to the time reclaimed wood has spent in the elements, it has repeatedly expanded and contracted due to changes in humidity and settled into its final state for a more stable, durable and strong wood plank. Historically, much of the old growth wood in this country was slow growing which means the grain is tighter and the wood is stronger.   [caption id="attachment_260" align="alignnone" width="141"]Reclaimed oak door with glass insert. Reclaimed oak door with glass insert.[/caption] Reclaimed wood has history: Reclaimed wood comes from old structures built during the last century including barns, warehouses, ships, grain elevators, and the like that have survived the rigors of time. When you use reclaimed wood, you are getting a tangible piece of history and also creating a new page in the wood’s history.

Happy New Year!

[caption id="attachment_243" align="alignleft" width="200"]Mesquite and Brass Coffee table Mesquite and Brass Coffee table[/caption]   Happy New Year friends, customers, neighbors and my readers! I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy downtime with family and loved ones over the holidays. 2014 was an exciting year for Grain Wood Shop with the opening of our new workshop and gallery, open houses, and projects that pushed me to take on new challenges, helping to define Grain’s artistry.   I’m grateful for your support and would like to update everyone on happenings in the shop. It’s my hope to blog more in 2015 so stay tuned and please leave your comments or get in touch with me.   December was crazy for me, with lots of planning for new work. I am currently in the thick of doing a walnut, concrete, and steel kitchen. The kitchen is on the smaller side but, it will definitely pack a punch. To me the bold satin varnished walnut cabinets and awesome steel shelving will create a unique blend of traditional and modern. [caption id="attachment_244" align="alignright" width="300"]Grinwoodshop_Re-claimedpine_ Hndcrafted_Boston Re-claimed pine for cabinet project[/caption]     I’m also working on adding face frames to existing cabinets for a customer in the Porter Street Lofts. I’ll also be adding doors made from re-claimed pine.       Here are a few photos to remind me that no matter how cold the shop is, I’ve got an incredible and inspiring place to work. [caption id="attachment_245" align="alignnone" width="300"]Grain creates products that are crafted right here in Boston Grain creates products that are crafted right here in Boston[/caption] [caption id="attachment_246" align="alignright" width="300"]Grain Clamps Grain Clamps[/caption]   Something that’s very important to me and, at the end of the day, defines the Grain brand: All of our work is handcrafted right here at our workshop in East Boston. I use local suppliers and local sub contractors to help get every project done with perfection and personalization.   Everyone is welcome to come by the shop, even though the sign says otherwise! Nothing beats early mornings at the shop with hot coffee and sunlight coming through. How many Grain clamps can you spot?