Tim's latest "side" project was making two Backyard Backhoes for the grandkids. These are really cool, colorful sturdy wood outdoor toys -- made to last and be handed down for generations. Future Backyard Backhoes will be custom made to order with your choice of colors and logo designs! Check out the article for more details, including price, order fulfillment time, custom color choices, logos and shipping.
I was recently interviewed as a part of the Artisan’s Craft show at the Museum of the Rockies.
Tim’s rocking chair design is a mellow play of hard and soft edges that carry through the entire rocker.
The chair began as a simple line drawing, pulled from a dream. The organic joinery came about after Tim attended a workshop taught by Sam Maloof. The combination became Tim’s unique adaptation of a masterful design.
The seats are hand carved so anyone sitting in this rocker feels absolutely settled into the chair. The curved back stays give excellent lumbar support and the head rest is shaped to cradle your head when you lean back. The strong, laminated rockers are carefully designed to settle you back at the perfect comfortable angle.
“Dreamtime,” left, is of Lacewood (Australian Silky Oak) with accents of Curly Maple. “River’s Bend,” right, is of highly figured Quilted Birch with Curly Mango accents.
We met Lou and Cheryl Quallenberg at the Western Design Conference and immediately hit it off with both of them. Personally I like this photo I shot of Lou better than the pics he has on his website. (heh — tongue planted firmly in cheek — heh.) Lou really does have a fun sense of humor: enough anyway, to match Tim’s.
Lou creates exquisite tables, benches and desks from large slabs of mesquite that might otherwise be doomed to the barbecue pits of Texas.
I only got a hint of the many excellent stories these two have to share … I hope we see them at next year’s WDC — even better, maybe they’ll show up in Helena for a relaxed visit.
(lou-and-cheryl: hint, hint) — Maureen
p.s. check out Lou’s furniture at Lou Quallenberg Studios
Welllp … the Western Design Conference 2008 is over — done — fini — and boy are we tired! Tim and I haven’t had to stand on our feet for that many days and hours in a long time.
Tired, yes … but good-tired. Just moments after we finished loading the truck and saying goodbye to the many wonderful folks we met at WDC, I snapped this shot our hotel:
Later in the week, I will post more about the conference: photos and observations of the conference as a whole, as well as some I snapped of some of the new friends we met here in Jackson, Wyoming. More than anything else, I appreciated meeting some of the amazing artists and craftspeople in the west. Check back in a couple of days when Tim and I have a chance to decompress and maybe I’ll have a photo of you and your artwork here on ShopTalk. — Maureen
© 2008 Tim Carney
We are heading off tomorrow for the Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyoming. I am looking forward to finding new venues for my handcrafted furniture, through meeting folks at the Jackson gathering.
Thank you to my wife and family, friends and customers for your support and the opportunity to practice my art and bring satisfaction and enjoyment to you for years to come. Maybe I’ll see some of my customers and readers at the conference
My live-edge walnut and bloodwood sushi table will be one of two of my pieces featured in the Western Design Conference in Jackson Wyoming. The conference takes place September 3 through 6th. Open to the public September 4th – 6th. Please come visit us at the conference!
I made this piece with the idea in mind that it could be used for Japanese-style dining (sitting on floor pillows) for four. The table includes 4 hand-carved sushi plates with chopsticks + chopstick rests as well as floor pillows and a jade-green ceramic sake set. The plates, chopsticks and rests are made by me.
Sushi Table above, © 2008 by timcarney.
or … a “Green Tea Table:”
- Tim’s pieces in the Western Design Conference exhibit
- Timothy’s Fine Woodworking Recent Work
- Western Design Conference Exhibition and Sale
- Western Design Conference Home Page
- Western Design Conference Woodworkers