A month ago I ordered a custom brand from Heavy Industry. I found them on Etsy where I also have a shop. They were absolutely awesome to work with. I sent them my logo in jpg format, asked about what size would work best for the font, and presto, here’s my awesome new brand. I splurged for the electric branding iron, didn’t want to have to mess around with a propane torch trying to get it to the right temperature. I’m really pleased with the brand, and I think it helps developing an identity, plus it looks pretty cool. I’ve put it on a few items so far, including the business card holder seen above.
Last week I finished off this coffee cart for Patisserie la Toque. They wanted a modern looking coffee cart with a bit of an industrial feel. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at a concrete counter top! The cart is 3/4″ Baltic Birch plywood and a 2″ thick concrete top. I put it all on casters so they can move it around for cleaning purposes. The cart + coffee maker must weigh in at around 200 lbs. so it’s quite sturdy. Already they have had lots of comments from their customers and it might lead to a few outdoor concrete table orders.
Was playing around with some scraps the other day. I’ve had an idea for how to cut the inside of a spoon for a while, but tried a few different designs for the outside shape. They are more work … Continue reading →
While most of my photos have been from film cameras or the odd one from my D300, I do own a digital point and shoot and feel it’s a great camera for certain situations. The other day I was making an espresso when I saw this shot and felt the need to take it. It’s a simple still life and even though it’s taken with a cheap camera, I like the look of the shot due to the slightly different perspective.
Stumbled upon the “Sweat Shop” the other day in Paris. It’s a store that allows you to use sewing machines for 6 euros/hour. They also have big tables for cutting, a back lounge area with coffee and pastries, and they even hold classes to teach people how to sew.
It was a super cool place, the staff were very friendly and helpful too. What did we make? Well you’ll have to read on tomorrow…
This concrete espresso machine named “Espresso Solo” was designed by Schmuel Linski, a student at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. The machine is made from concrete as well as metal parts and can make a short or long espresso. It’s a very simple design which works wonderfully with the concrete, very inspiring!