Cloud Cabin Arts news 8/15- New garden arbor, shop upgrades and more!

 

News from Cloud Cabin Arts

Wow is summer flying by, before you know it we’ll all be huddled around the fire pit again enjoying the warm contrast to the cool, crisp air enjoying our favorite drinks- and for me that includes pumpkin beer and the deep red wines amazingly offered by our local brewers!

Things have been busy around here. Since our last update we have settled in to our new space nicely. Though the showroom is a bit behind schedule, we’ve got the shop outfitted well and are making lots of dust!

See the bottom of the post of our featured project, a beautiful cedar garden arbor.

Here’s a briefing on what is included in this months newsletter:

Showroom progress
Market display
Shop update
Advanced technique

Featured project

 

Showroom progress

The showroom is a bit behind schedule with the flood of summer work coming in but it is definitely coming along nicely.  A formal opening will be held this fall welcome to all complete with light food, drink and tours!

For now the date is TBD, here’s a sneak peak: 

 

Market display
An extension of our showroom will continue to be the Charlottesville City Market, every Saturday through November from 7am-noon and Saturday’s in December from 8am-1pm.  We’ve made a lot of effort to create a market display that represents the work we do and showcases it in a way is creative, fun and visually appealing. Naturally as we continue to grow we it’ll evolve, for now we are pleased to show you as we showed last weekend.

Shop Update

In addition to all the improvement of our display, we’ve also been busy making great improvements in the shop. We’ve acquired some new equipment and tools that help us to do the best work possible, after all, without the best tools and best materials, how could one possibly create the best furniture?

The new shop has a much better defined milling and assembly stations with a lot more room for shelving, parts, jigs, and tools, which means we can move more efficiently, a must when you move as much lumber as we do!

Check out this birds-eye shot from the top of the lumber rack:

Advanced technique

Here’s a debut segment to share some of the lesser known techniques in woodworking. 

This technique uses a small, simple rectangle of metal is called a card scraper. Before large automatic feed sanders, scraping was more often used as a way to quickly put a final smooth surface on the wood after planing.

The effect is quite different than with sanding, often producing a glass-like surface that will actually reflect light! We often use scrapers for final surfacing because of the superior surface it produces.

Check out this link to see a short video of a master chair maker demonstrating the correct use of the card scraper.

Featured project This month’s featured project is this “gateway to serenity,” a garden arbor with a mirror image on the other side of the house.

We highly value our customers’ and supporters’ feedback! We welcome comments, suggestions and constructive criticism to improve the quality of our work. Please let us know what you like, what we can do better and what you’d like to see in the future.If you like what you see here come check out our website and social media offerings for more. And if you really like what you see, please like and share with your friends, we would REALLY appreciate this!And of course, as always if there is anything we can do for you please don’t hesitate to reach out, we never charge for estimates and consultations!

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Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

 

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