jrusten back to wood pics! :the makings of a very large walnut headboard. 1d

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jrusten Woodworking/furniture-designing doesn't really have an Academy Awards or a Superbowl. "Success" is an individual and evolving measure. At first, just paying rent with your craft is a huge coup. But, a few years into being a full-time, professional furniture-maker I asked myself what would best define success/satisfaction for me (beyond $) and the answer was: to share the thing that I do with people whose work inspires/entertains me. Since about 2008, I've listened to over 1,500 hours of the podcast these guys put out every week (all of their episodes going back to 2006, multiple times.) Their voices kept me company many nights when I was finishing pieces at 4am, and certain important life/studio events are forever linked to podcast episodes I was listening to at the time. I'm still processing being able to host a party where Seth and Jonathan came and sat in my furniture and I got to thank them personally for all of the free content they've produced over the years. So, so amazing... thanks homies. And thanks to my rad event-planner lady @emilyoest who made it all happen. TL;DR: here's me and my favorite podcast hosts, Jonathan and Seth from #uhhyeahdude @uhhyeahjohn #sfsketchfest 4d
  •   jrusten @rudykuhn @chelseasdrew missed you guys! 3d
  •   andybwest You lucky bastard. I cooked for Conan a couple weeks ago, and Sarah Silverman this morning, and both times I told coworkers that the only artists I'd really be super stoked to cook for are UYD. True prophets, am three of ye. 3d
  •   andybwest Err "all" three. 3d
  •   skinthia OMG did you guys casual encounter the sh!t out of each other post this pic? Very happy for you 3 dudes 3d
  •   cascaara is seth drinking bundaberg..? 3d
  •   beerdead1 ...& now you know, the rest of the story. @jrusten @emilyoest 3d
  •   jrusten @cascaara yeah... we fell off and didn't have any DDP or Diet Pepsi Max for him. 3d
  •   jrusten @andybwest we can make it happen bruh ... I owe it all to you ...I told Jonathan you were the dude that showed me how to listen to podcasts the right way. 3d

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jrusten @britandco team and their sweet cutting boards. Thanks for warming up the studio, ladies! Nice work. 6d

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jrusten thank you again for all the kind wishes! ...one more photo with the box. I chose this piece of Douglas Fir because within it's tiny two inches you can count about 100 years of sure, steady growth (see the tight annual rings?) #woodring 1w

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jrusten I'm not used to working so small, but since @emilyoest is allergic to metal, it has to be a wood ring: bleached maple and tourmaline. Thanks @ohhappyday for letting me crash your bday weekend with a proposal. (she said yes btw.) 2w

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jrusten joint detailing and post-exhibition refinishing... #modernrockingchair #modernrocker 2w

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jrusten #tbt photo archive: Good Wood show at PMCA in 2005... sharing a laugh with the talented Harold Greene and one of my heros- Sam Maloof. He judged the show and while I didn't place, it was an honor to have him even look at one of my chairs. #maloof #sammaloof 3w
  •   otrujillodesign Cool story 3w
  •   joel_fabs Oh man that is awesome. I was seriously considering applying for his woodworker classes he did. But sadly he passed before I had the chance. One of my favorite woodworkers of all time! 3w
  •   lucheasleydesign Sam and I had a mutual friend that has also passed but while alive he took me to go on a private tour of Sams house/museum. Sam was literally on his death bed, a hospital bed was placed in his living room. When I met him and he said it was nice to see a young guy interested in woodworking. At the time I hadn't really done much woodworking, just rough stuff like fences and what not. I wanted to be a carpenter. I was 18, right out of highschool. He shook my hand and he had one of the strongest grips that ever felt even to this day. He was telling me about a new prototype he was working on and how he couldn't wait to get back out into the shop, he was talking as if he had a broken leg. I walked around his houses, shop and gardens and by the end of the day I realized that I didn't want to be a carpenter but rather a woodworker, after meeting Sam and seeing everything he's done I knew that those to two things were different. Sam passed away a week later. Looking back I wish I would have really known who I was meeting that day, I wish I would have know that he was going to be a big part of what was going to form into my life. 3w
  •   nativegrain You have been becoming one of my Heroes! It's very inspiring.. 3w
  •   jrusten @kitknuckler yeah, I pull out my Maloof books every couple years and understand better what he experienced as I make my way through this weird biz. 3w
  •   jrusten @lucheasleydesign great story man... thanks for sharing! 3w
  •   jrusten @nativegrain I have a long way to go to earn anyone thinking that but you're kind to say so. 3w
  •   rice__cube Very cool :) 2w

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jrusten nice base concept... at Shed in Healdsburg. #shed 3w
  •   kebatronic Looks like a decent way to dry some lumber... Make it the base of a workbench! 3w
  •   sergiotraverso Still have to check that place out, looks awesome! 3w
  •   grayshape Lol 3w
  •   thedraytone Wowzers 3w
  •   4206911 Hopefully they're actually drying that lumber 3w

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jrusten One of the Moonshine cocktail table pairs for JRFS Winter 2015 Collection...these are from an orchard tree I slabbed-up in 2005 -grain finally making its debut. 4w

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jrusten this sculptural maple desk continues to evolve with the direction from a courageous client. 4w
  •   peternbiddle They are the very best kind of client. 4w
  •   tupelo_fd The very best kind. 4w
  •   jonathanmalphrus Interesting and fun to be able to see this piece and process. Thanks for letting us watch things like this @jrusten! 4w
  •   phapmel Dig the logo in the background too 4w
  •   jrusten @jonathanmalphrus sure! thanks for the interest, man. Projects don't normally 'evolve' for this long, but it began as an abstract idea and the client and I both judge it as it progresses toward something we both feel is most "right"... and, so far that has meant stripping it down as thin as I dare to take it. 4w
  •   jrusten @phapmel haha... thanks- part of my ICFF booth from 2006 3w

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jrusten morning light view from my desk. So excited about creating more beautiful things in 2015. 4w

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jrusten holiday recovery w/@emilyoest spinning Joe Cocker full time. Btw- working on a new website... when it goes live in a few weeks the California series pricing will increase. Shoot me an email to get an order in while they're still low. Current pricing: 56" small: $1650, 72" medium: $2250, 86" large/desk: $2950. All made with rare California Claro walnut and painstakingly detailed. furniture@gmail.com 1mon
  •   jrusten @jnoble808 -getting those up on the website in the next month too... I'm still timing out the different finishes on the cast bronze legs, but the "moonshine" cocktail tables will probably land in the $1500-$1700 range. 1mon
  •   careygirl @awesthafer get it while it's hot! 1mon
  •   jnoble808 @jrusten wow that's a bit more than I expected 4w
  •   jrusten @jnoble808 yeah, me too honestly... but, a consistent supply of +3" thick (dry!) locally salvaged/interesting wood is expensive to source, and the cast bronze legs take a significant time to finish. There are tons of cute three legged tables out there, but my goal was to make pieces of jewelry you can set drinks on. At some point I may consider some more traditionally sourced wood species (eastern walnut, cherry, etc) for a little less $. 4w
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  •   williamssarai @jrusten stunning work! 14h

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jrusten My preference is always wood:wood drawer slides, but these are kinda cool. Platform bed nightstands/drawers. 1mon

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jrusten Bay detail on this just-finished small CA table... not exactly to scale, but just wide enough for a nimble finger and a sheet of sandpaper. 1mon
  •   _dorno_ @jrusten 1mon
  •   alistjules nice one 1mon
  •   roostaahh Where do you find a flush trim bit that size? That bit must be huge! I made a product that I sell, with a similar process, and I cut out a 3/4" plywood map of the U.S. With a router and a template underneath, and I keep breaking the bearing on the flush trim bit... Maybe it's heating up too much, I dunno, maybe the bit is just crap. I get them from Home Depot. But the constant breaking of the bits is throwing off my production, I'd love some advice on this. 1mon
  •   o1crane @roostaahh Start with the template on top and use a flush cut with the bearing on top to cut a channel 1/8 or 1/4" deep...maybe a pass or two. Then remove your template and saw out the waste as close as you can, and then you can flip the piece over and now use a bottom mounted bearing flushtrim, that will ride along the path you've cut using the template and top mounted. Hope that makes sense. 1mon
  •   jrusten @o1crane @roostaahh a flush trim bit with a 2" cutting length isn't hard to find....Whiteside, CMT, Amana, Freud, etc all make great bits you can find on Amazon or tons of other online retailers. 1mon
  •   victorairway Ah, I miss the bay. Now in portland, I love looking at your table and especially this detail to remind me of home. 1mon
  •   matthewchasewoodworks Love it! 4w

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jrusten 2/3 Mulligrubs reunion at our holiday party last night. Thanks for the pic @robyndobyn! 2mon

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jrusten @dusdincondren and I have been working on a film for the last few months...this set-up is going to be funny. #modernrockingchair 2mon

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jrusten Underside of one of the new "Moonshine" cocktail tables w/cast bronze legs. I have to tip my hat to @bddw_etc who originally and most expertly proliferated the solution of using cast parts for fine furniture (at least as far as I know.) I wasn't anxious to get into working with metal, but I wanted a small table heavy and stable enough that it wouldn't be knocked over by a large dog running through the house. Delicate looking but weighty legs seemed like the best answer...influenced a bit by Prouve and California mid-century. I still have so much to learn about metal finishing. 2mon

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jrusten one of the updates to the Modern Rocking Chair from the previous version- a rounded profile crest rail. #modernrockingchair #WestCoastCraft 2mon
  •   bilal_yazgan_ahsapustasi JEEEEEET HIZIYLA ANINDA GERİ BEĞENİ 2mon
  •   jawwoodshop I second that! (Assuming it's an all-caps compliment) 2mon
  •   _furd_terguson_ Glad I had a chance to try it out. Great craftsmanship on all of your pieces. 2mon
  •   davidnotdave Just saw it. It looks and feels great. Congrats on a job well done. 2mon

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jrusten West Coast Craft is live! Come down an take a turn in the Modern Rocking Chair! Today and tomorrow (Dec. 6-7) at Fort Mason in SF. 10am-6pm 2mon

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