Glimpses of an ongoing project – Atelier Espenaer

Glimpses of an ongoing project

A blind mortise and tenon joint A blind mortise and tenon joint A blind mortise and tenon joint

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A peaceful sleep

Vrede is a double bed frame made out of salvaged honey locust and sugar maple from our very own city Amsterdam. It was specially made for a client as part of our bespoke service and is thus not available for purchase, but may serve as a model for a bespoke piece specially for you. For more info and photos see Vrede in our webshop.

Vrede - Double bed by Espenaer standing in the hallway of Het Ambachtslab Detail of Vrede Vrede - Wedged mortise and tenon joinery

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Trying out things

Now that both the reclaimed mahogany parts and the salvaged black locust parts are ready, it was time to try things out.  Tryouts allow for changes if the original idea doesn’t work as intended or may even trigger altogether new ideas. After all, in artisanal woodworking design is not something that is limited to the drawing board (or the computer nowadays) prior to the making process, but an intricate part of the making process itself.

Mortise and tenon joineryWork in progress - fitting components  Mortise and tenon joinery

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Black Locust

In addition to the reclaimed mahogany, we will use salvaged black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), also known as Robinia or False Acacia. The tree is native to North America, but has been planted and naturalized in Europe too.  This particular board was from a tree that once stood in our very own city, Amsterdam. Thanks to the efforts of the foundation Stadshout, the wood was saved from the shredder when the tree was cut (reasons unknown).

Black locust Black locust

Black locust

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Using reclaimed wood

For our current project we work with wood reclaimed from the building we reside in. This particular block used to be part of a window frame, which had to make place for a new entrance to the building. It appeared that it was not some cheap softwood, but a hardwood, most likely mahogany (probably not the genuine kind, but one of its look-a-likes).

 

Reclaimed mahogany

Reclaimed mahogany

Reclaimed mahogany

Reclaimed mahogany

Hand plane

Reclaimed Mahogany

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Plant life is thriving…

Plant life is thriving in the atelier 🙂

 

Plant life at Atelier Espenaer Plant life at Atelier Espenaer Plant life at Atelier Espenaer

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The halflap joint

Halflap joint Halflap joint A component of an ongoing project

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Having fun with halflap joints

Having fun while cutting halflap joints 🙂

Cutting halflap joints Cutting halflap joints Cutting halflap joints

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