Custom Modern Wall Mirror – Large Maple-Silver Taffy Mirror

2014 April 7
by David

Here’s a recent custom wall mirror I made in carved and painted hard maple.  It is 38″ x 38″ x 2″ deep.  The maple is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sustainably harvested Vermont grown sugar maple.  The paint is iridescent silver.  The custom size and the combination of the silver with natural maple was a request by the customer, who lives in North Carolina.  I really like this square design, and plan to do make more of them.  I also really like the silver with the maple.  It has a high-style feel, but softened by the natural wood grain.

 

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Large Maple-Silver Taffy Mirror, carved and painted Vermont sugar maple.
Copyright 2014, David Hurwitz. All rights reserved.
Photo by Jack Rowell

 

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Wall mirror with Carved Cherry and Curly Maple Console Table – display at a furniture show. Copyright 2014, David Hurwitz. All rights reserved.

 

Interested in a handmade custom wall mirror?  I am open to any custom size, shape, type of wood or color combination.  Unlike those cheap, poorly made, mass-produced wall mirrors at furniture stores, which are made out of MDF fiber board (which contains formaldehyde), cast resin, plastic, and sometimes illegally logged endangered woods, I make my wall mirrors from the highest quality North American hardwoods, with mitered joinery reinforced with solid wood splines of the same wood species as the frame.  I hand apply my finishes, building up multiple coats.  I also use 1/4″ thick mirror glass, to prevent distortion that sometimes occurs with thinner glass, and I include heavy duty mounting hardware to hang them on the wall.  I am meticulous in making my mirrors, and build and carve them to museum quality standards.  To see all of my mirror designs, please visit the mirrors page on my website.

 

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The 2014 Herding Cats Award!

2014 March 21
by David

 

Sometimes it’s fun to take a break from making my custom furniture, wall mirrors, carved wood lamps and carved utensils, and make something that’s completely fun and absurd.  My friend Erin works really hard at her job at the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association.  She does the behind the scenes planning and coordinating for the organization’s events, maintains the website, creates and mails out the newsletters, solicits donations, dues and event registration fees, and tries to get all of the members to respond to emails and deadlines in a timely way.  On occasion she has said it can be like “herding cats”.  Sooooo…  she gets the Herding Cats Award!

I made this award during a couple late nights in my shop, and presented it to her (it was a surprise) at the recent VWMA annual meeting.  And the VWMA board surprised me right back by giving me the “Woodworker of the Year Award”!  It was a fun day, and I really had fun creating the award.  It just might be the start of future surprise awards to make and give to people…

 

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Have an idea for a one-of-a-kind, funny (or serious) award you would like me to make, to give to a friend or coworker?  Give me a call or email me, and let’s talk!

 

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Vermont Woodworker of the Year Award mentioned on Seven Days blog

2014 March 3
by David

Seven Days, a great Vermont independent weekly newspaper out of Burlington, posted an article on their blog about the Vermont Woodworker of the Year Award I received last month.  Thanks to author Janelle Roberge for her great comment about my work:

“The Randolph [Vermont] artisan turns straight wood into amazingly sensuous pieces, from utensils to dining room tables. You’d think there might be alchemy involved and not just woodworking tools.”

 

Vermont Woodworker of the Year, Seven Days, Burlington, Vermont, David Hurwitz Originals, Randolph, VT, handmade custom furniture, made in Vermont, USA, sustainable, green, modern design

 

To see more of that alchemy, check out my full portfolio at www.DavidHurwitzOriginals.com

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Vermont Woodworker of the Year

2014 February 21
by David

I attended the annual meeting of the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association a few weeks ago, and they surprised me by giving me the Woodworker of the Year Award!  It’s an honor to be recognized by an organization that has done so much to help woodworkers throughout Vermont, and who’s programs and opportunities I have learned and benefited from.  The VWMA sponsors the annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, Vermont, and also the annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition, where I have won many awards for my work over the past seven years.

 

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Lemon Taffy Mirror – A Contemporary Wall Mirror in Carved and Painted Hard Maple

2014 January 5
by David

Here’s the fourth custom wall mirror from a grouping of four handmade mirrors in bright retro colors that I completed and sold recently.  This one is carved Vermont grown sugar maple with yellow paint.  The maple I used for this mirror is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sustainably harvested.  I can make these contemporary mirrors in custom sizes and custom colors, and in other woods by request.

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Lemon Taffy Mirror, carved and painted FSC Vermont sugar maple, 15.5″ high x 12″ wide x 2″ deep. Copyright 2013 David Hurwitz, All rights reserved. Photo: Jack Rowell

 

Special thanks to Jack Rowell for his expertise in photographing the new mirrors.

 

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Maple-Lime Taffy Mirror – A Modern Wall Mirror in Carved and Painted Wood

2013 December 31
by David

Here’s the third custom wall mirror from a grouping of four handmade mirrors in bright retro colors that I completed and sold recently.  This one is carved Vermont sugar maple with lime green paint.  The maple I used for this mirror is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sustainably harvested.  I can make these contemporary mirrors in custom sizes and custom colors, and in other woods by request.

I will post the fourth mirror from the grouping in the next blog post, so stay tuned…

Happy New Year!!!

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Maple-Lime Taffy Mirror, carved and painted FSC Vermont sugar maple, 15.5″ high x 12″ wide x 2″ deep. Copyright 2013 David Hurwitz, All rights reserved. Photo: Jack Rowell

 

Special thanks to Jack Rowell for his expertise in photographing the new mirrors.

 

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Turquoise Taffy Mirror – A Carved Wood, Contemporary Wall Mirror

2013 December 14
by David

Here’s the second custom wall mirror from a grouping of four handmade mirrors in bright retro colors that I completed and sold recently.  This one is carved Vermont sugar maple with turquoise paint.  The maple I used for this mirror is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sustainably harvested.  I can make these contemporary mirrors in custom sizes and custom colors.  This one is an homage to late 1950′s design.  1958.  It reminds me of my grandparent’s turquoise kitchen table and chairs and modern ceiling lamp, which they bought back then.

I will post the other mirrors from the group of four in the next few blog posts, so stay tuned…

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Turquoise Taffy Mirror, carved and painted FSC Vermont sugar maple, 15.5″ high x 12″ wide x 2″ deep. Copyright 2013 David Hurwitz, All rights reserved. Photo: Jack Rowell

 

Special thanks to Jack Rowell for his expertise in photographing the new mirrors.

 

To view more of my mirror designs and my full portfolio, please visit:

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Console Table, Custom and Contemporary, in Carved Cherry with Curly Maple Top

2013 November 22
by David

Here is a new console table in carved cherry with a curly maple top.  I sold this one of a kind table in September at the annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, Vermont.  It now resides in a home in Hanover, New Hampshire.  The table also won a Second Place Award (for custom studio furniture) in the annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition, held at the festival.  The curly maple is Vermont sugar maple (hard maple), and the cherry is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sustainably harvested.

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Console Table in Carved Cherry with Curly Maple Top, 33″ high x 58.5″ wide x 15″ deep

 

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Curly Vermont sugar maple table top

 

I  built this console table earlier this year for a gallery exhibit at the Helen Day Art Center, in Stowe, Vermont.  But I had originally designed it back in 1999, when I built a smaller entryway table that had a similar base, but only a single carved column.  In the designs for that piece, I had sketches for several variations, including this one, with the two symmetrical carved forms.  Last winter I came across this design in some of my old sketch books, and decided it was time to build it.

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Award winning table at the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition

 

The cherry has a Danish oil finish, to bring out the depth and warmth of the cherry wood.  The curly maple has a clear poly varnish finish, to keep the maple as white as possible, and also to make the curly figure really pop out and have more visual depth.  Building up multiple coats of clear varnish on figured wood helps to accentuate an effect called chatoyance, which makes the undulating grain of curly maple look like 3-dimensional ruffled satin.  It is an effect that I love to incorporate into my work through the use of figured maple, and the best part is some of the very best figured maple grows right here in Vermont!  Curly maple is Vermont’s own native and sustainable exotic wood.

I am in constant awe of the sugar maple tree, for its beautiful foliage color in autumn, it’s excellent warmth as a heat source for my home in winter, it’s sweet delicacy of maple syrup, and it’s amazing grain, working proporties and durability for furniture.

And since some people ask, I do all of my carving by hand, with a combination of hand tools and hand-held power tools.  I do not use a CNC (computer-numeric-controlled) robotic router to do my work.  Also, I do all of my drawings and design work by hand, with a pencil and paper.  I’m an old-school designer.  There’s something about the free movement and flow of the hand and the arm that I like when drawing curves large and full scale.  I also like being able to step back and see a design full scale on paper; it’s easier to get a sense of a design and it’s proportions that way, vs. viewing a tiny version of it on a computer screen.  I know in this day and age of computer aided design (and computer aided everything) that is a now radical notion.  Pencil, paper and drafting tools = analog designer.  Maybe drawing the old fashioned way will make a comeback someday, like vinyl records and tube-amp sound systems.

 

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Interested in commissioning a custom furniture piece?  Please visit my purchasing page, and check out my customers’ testimonials.

 

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Walnut-Lime Taffy Mirror – A Custom Wall Mirror

2013 September 10
by David

I just completed four new wall mirrors in bright retro colors.  This one is carved walnut with lime-chartreuse green.  The walnut I used for this mirror had unusual streaks of lighter and darker grain, which worked really well with the carved form, and added another visual dimension to the design.  I can make these contemporary mirrors in custom sizes and custom colors, and in other woods by request.

I will post the other mirrors from the group of four in the next few blog posts, so stay tuned…

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Walnut-Lime Taffy Mirror, carved and painted walnut, 15.5″ high x 12″ wide x 2″ deep. Copyright 2013 David Hurwitz, All rights reserved. Photo: Jack Rowell

 

These Taffy Mirrors were for an order of 5 mirrors that were shipped to a new shop in Evanston, Illinois, called Paramour Bungalow.  Evanston is in the Chicago area.  If you are in that area, stop by and check them out.

Special thanks to  Jack Rowell for his expertise in photographing the new mirrors.

 

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Coatrack With Mirror – a handmade custom design

2013 September 3
by David

Here’s a new one-of-a-kind wall mounted coatrack with mirror in carved and painted cherry, which I completed and shipped a couple weeks ago to a customer in Kansas. I designed this piece to fit a 32″ wide wall space.  The cherry is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sustainably harvested.  The mirror glass is 1/4″ thick with a polished edge, and is offset from the wall by 3/4″, to create a shadow effect on the wall.  Since this was a custom design, I did sketches of a series of different design ideas, based on a previous sculptural wall hung coat rack I made, but for this one I added a mirror into the mix, on the customer’s request.  After reviewing my ideas, she then selected this design.

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Coat Rack With Mirror, carved FSC cherry, paint, mirror glass with polished edge, 26″ high x 32″ wide x 3″ deep. Copyright David Hurwitz, 2013, all rights reserved. Photos: Jack Rowell

 

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Are you looking for a unique handmade coat rack design?  I can create one for you in custom sizes, and in other woods and colors.  Contact me here for more info.

The FSC cherry used in this piece came from Adirondack Hardwoods, in Saranac, NY.

Special thanks to photographer Jack Rowell for his masterful work in photographing this piece.  Jack is a 5th generation Vermonter.  His work has appeared in People Weekly, the London Independent, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Economist, the Times of London. and many regional magazines in Vermont, including Vermont Life.  Check out his work here.

To view my full portfolio, please visit:

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