Blog Entries

Sensei

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by David J. Marks posted June 30,2016 In December of 2014 my friend Rik Lawrence, a furniture maker from nearby Sonoma (check out Red Cloud Furniture), called to offer to sell me a Big Leaf Maple tree which blew over in a storm on his property. I saw this as an opportunity to get some large pieces of Maple for hollow vessel turning so I rented a truck with a hydraulic lift gate and called my friend Josh Caplan to help me with this big project. I tried to mill some of the logs by hand with my chainsaw but soon realized that this was a job for...

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Bandsawing Rare Quilted Mahogany

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 posted May 21, 2015 An old friend of David’s called him the other day and asked him if he could fit some resawing into his schedule. David had resawed some of James’ quilted mahogany 10 years ago for furniture projects that James was making.  They discussed the various options. David could use his 36 inch bandsaw set up with a carbide blade and torsion box fence with guaranteed accuracy and results. The only downside would be that James would lose 1/16 of an inch of rare wood with every cut due to the 1/16″ thickness of the...

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My Adventure at Burning Man

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Posted by David Marks  Oct. 30,2014 Burning Man is an annual week-long festival, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance, held at the end of August in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. This summer, I had the pleasure to work with artist David Best on the construction of the Temple of Grace, envisioned as a spiritual and sacred space. Here I am with David Best (left) I arrived in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert on August 18th, one week before the gates opened at the 2014 Burning Man festival. I was part of a 100-person volunteer...

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