December 4, 2018
The Studio at James Coffee Studios. My studio has taken many forms over the years. At this time it is one bay of a three car garage in Southern California. It’s nice…I can work most of the time with the garage door open.
While the power tools dominate the images, know that I have many many hand tools (some of which I’ve owned for more than 50 years). Most of them are in the tool chest drawers where they can stay safe. I enjoy working with hand tools. I do not want my creations to appear to be “machine made”. It’s easy to cut a straight line. It’s more difficult (but is more artistic and comforting) to create lines that flow…lines that are not straight. Sure, my art includes circles and right angles and straights…but hopefully my art does not appear to be non-organic. Hopefully my art appears to be a gentle flow of components.
We do own a laser engraver but I rarely use it for artistic purposes. The laser engraver is used to create wooden name tags.
We used to live in Oregon, where Myrtlewood is a native species. I brought a lot of Myrtlewood to California with me and when I need a nice hardwood in one of my creations it’s not unusual for me to choose Myrtle. I also like to work with Maple. For basic components…the structure of things…I use Baltic Birch plywood, Poplar, and Birch. Good quality Baltic Birch Plywood is wonderful to work with.