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The Small Cedar Chest

The Small Cedar Chest

Last June I got an email inquiry from someone in Ohio. She had a small cedar chest imprinted Zlomke-Calvin Furniture Company and was curious about its history. I have written before about my grandfather George, who started selling furniture in St. Paul, Nebraska in...

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Some Local Claro Walnut

Some Local Claro Walnut

Northern California has its own species of black walnut, Juglans hindsii, which is commonly called claro walnut. It's noteworthy in its own right, but also because it is frequently used as rootstock for English walnut. Claro walnut grows mainly in northern California,...

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Repurposing Rosewood

Repurposing Rosewood

A pair of repurposed rosewood benches that we made about a year ago have found a new home. At the end of 2019, at the dawn of the Covid-19 pandemic, I got the idea for these benches from some old Amazon rosewood given to me by a Napa friend, who happens to share my...

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A Token of the Live Oak Tree

A Token of the Live Oak Tree

In July 2014 I returned from a backpacking vacation to find a telephone message from an engineer I know who designs vineyards for a living.  He wanted to tell me about this California coast live oak tree, which was in the way of a new vineyard project south of the...

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Oak Woodland Table

Oak Woodland Table

At an Oakland lumber yard several years ago, Evelyn and I ran across a pair of California native valley oak boards that offered vivid evidence that wood is, after all, biodegradable.  They showed the dramatic effect of fungal decay, not a usual sight in a commercial...

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The Live Oak Tree Revisited

The Live Oak Tree Revisited

I wrote about this live oak tree in 2014.  I found out from a local engineer working on a project near Napa that this very striking tree was coming out to make way for a new vineyard, and he thought I might be able to use the wood.  The base of the tree seemed like...

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Good Karma Cabinet

Good Karma Cabinet

Telling the story of the Good Karma Cabinet, which sold earlier this year: This mahogany cabinet combines antique curved glass with a thoroughly contemporary design:  all four sides of the cabinet have an irregular natural edge, with the frames for the curved glass...

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Finelines Tables:  Draw a Crooked Line

Finelines Tables: Draw a Crooked Line

This is a detail of our first Finelines Table, made in 2014. I have been gluing thin pieces of wood between wider ones to create a kind of striped effect for decades, but this table was our first piece with actual veneer sandwiched between the boards. As the...

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River Art Design

River Art Design

Here is a draft design for a piece of riverside art, to be placed on public land near the Napa River in the City of Napa.  The project is financially supported by a grant from Arts Council Napa Valley, with additional labor donated by the artist and by Friends of the...

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Arts Council Napa Valley Awards Grant for Napa River Art

Arts Council Napa Valley Awards Grant for Napa River Art

In partnership with Friends of the Napa River, Robert Zlomke has received a grant from Arts Council Napa Valley to create a piece of riverside art.  The project will use large woody debris from the river to create a sculpture at the river's edge celebrating the river...

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Hall Tables

Hall Tables

Last fall, when I was making plans for the winter, a gallery owner I've known a long time happened to mention something about hall tables, and for some reason the idea took root. It struck me that a simple one-drawer table at counter height, which one might place in...

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Proposing River Art

Proposing River Art

A while back I mentioned a letter of inquiry to an arts funding organization, which I submitted in partnership with the Friends of the Napa River organization.  We want to create riverside art out of woody debris that originated in the river system.  We were invited...

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