Some of you maybe aware that JointWorks Studio is situated the original Tasman Store. Our building was built around 1913 or 1914. After 100 years or so of use the building was getting quite tired, and in need of some love and attention. In June 2016 we decided the time was right to a few things right.
The trouble with putting a few things right, is that often one thing leads to another… and then maybe another. As a result the studio is now fabulous. And it should be as it has had a full makeover!
For those who are interested in these matters here is a list of repairs
The work was quite extensive and a condition of consent was to put in a mobility impaired car park and ramp. During the rebuild, our gardens were damaged so we have replaced all the gardens as well. Overall the building and grounds are looking great.
Jane has been in the studio for about 6 weeks. She has found it very light, airy and welcoming and because of the repairs, our work looks superb.
Funnily enough the most commented item about the studio is the floor, which is particle board with a 10 mm oak tongue and groove timber overlay. It is quite an interesting floor as we used all locally grown okay, so there is a mixture of english, silky and pin oak to name a few.
An early image of the Tasman Store
Petrol pump in front of the store.
An image showing the store a bit later on
Note in this image it has a sign 'The Pioneer Store"
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The store was damaged in 1989 by a tornado...
The studio ... probably not long after we opened!
An image I took just before we started renovating
An image of the inside after we removed the wall linings.
The studio now back together. And painted..
Interior of the studio - looking towards front door
Interior of studio - looking towards Jane's loom - now on the old workroom side
Over the last few months, I have not been writing much here, or seemingly doing much at all. Actually life has been quite hectic, and out of the clouds of sawdust has emerged this wardrobe. This was a commissioned piece by a very patient customer, who wanted to have something unique and interesting, which would be a family heirloom as well. Hence the interesting design of the wardrobe.
The timber used in this piece has its own story. The carcass of the wardrobe is made from customer supplied Rimu timber, that was recycled from a garage renovation. The darker coloured timber is also Rimu, but this was milled from a log that had washed up against a road bridge, from Te Waikoropupū Springs . the darker look is caused by soaking in the river for a good many years. The front tongue in groove was recovered from homes around Nelson. The poplar back panels, were also off cuts from some ones home panelling.
The wardrobe doors have a curved centre mullion, which caused considerable headaches as I went to fit it. On the outside of the carcass the integral legs, reflect the buttress of a tree with their gentle outward slope. The curves are taken a little further with the top architrave having a subtle curve as well. The observant amongst you will notice that the handle changed from the original small version to a far more organic one once installed. This recycled handle was offered as a choice and chosen as it simply looked a better fit for the wardrobe.
Inside is the brass rail for the clothes hangers. This is held up but holders in the shape of leaves. These leaves are made of both dark and light rimu, and look superb against the brass rail. The back of the wardrobe is panelled in poplar. The white of the poplar will help make the inside of the wardrobe feel brighter and lighter.
The piece was delivered today, and had looks simply fantastic in place. The customer was very happy as well, which is the ultimate goal.
It has been such a long time since I last wrote – where to begin!! There has been plenty of wood working and weaving projects completed over winter. But now spring is definitely in the air and I thought I would share with you what’s been happening – three things in particular.
Tasman Sculpture. This has been a project involving a lot of effort on the part of several artists and craftsman in the Tasman area. Fundraising had to be done and it has taken two years to complete. Last week was the opening of this nine meter high sculpture. Which is made of stainless steel with native bird cut outs. The sculpture I think even though it sounds large it seems to appear to fit into the landscape and enhance it. Early on the morning of the opening which was to be speeches and then BBQ – quite an event! Tony noticed that there appeared to be flags flying on the top of it. But as he got closer he realised that someone had placed road cones on the top. Hmm… after thinking that it must have been quite a logistic feat!! thought they had to come down which he managed to do. Makes for quite a story.
Ruby Coast Arts 2015-16 trail map. This has just been published which is a colourful and easy to follow map of the artists in our area and there are a few new members from last year. It also contains the dates for the two art trails that are held each year. I always feel quite proud when I hand them out to people showing them what the area has to offer.
Nelson Art Expo 2015. This is on Labour weekend which is only a week away. A lot of work that Tony and I have been doing recently has been for this event. There is going to be around 170 artists displaying their work and a lot of them will be there ready to chat about their inspirations and processes. Hopefully we will get some images up of how it all looks. It will be an exciting busy weekend as we will also still have our studio open. Tony and I will be alternating between the two places hopefully we will be able to catch up in the middle.