Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rustic Mexico

Hello and sorry for my lack of postings recently. We just returned from a great trip to Mexico. Yes, it is possible to have a great trip to Mexico. Not every part of the country is horrible or dangerous, in fact we felt very safe in the town of San Miguel De Allende, which is located in the middle of the country at an elevation of 6500 ft. We also didn't get sick or hassled by policia.
The town has beautiful colonial architecture and incredible old cathedrals. There is a rustic component to the building and decorating in Mexico. There is incredible stone work and brick work, as well as creative concrete home built ins. Concrete sinks and counter tops with wonderful old style coloring. Much of the newer construction also uses old beams and timbers as supports and around doors and windows. This makes a new home feel as though it could be hundreds of years old. Many of the furniture pieces are rustic as well, made from old wood that has been weathered and beat up for decades. Mesquite is a common wood to be found as table tops and for other furnishings. This wood is very hard and is resistant to rot and insects. Another great item you will see is the use of old wood doors that have been found in the country side and reused in construction.
San Miguel Mexico is a wonderful place with friendly people and a colorful history. If you get a chance, I recommend a trip down. I think you would appreciate the experience overall, but also enjoy the rustic side of Mexico. Please let me know if you would like to see any of the photos from the trip, I've got some good ones that show some of the homes and these characteristics that I've been writing about.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rustic Outdoor Furniture

Now is the time to order your new furniture for your porch, deck or patio. We've got a large selection of outdoor Cedar furniture, made from Eastern White Cedar. Beautiful and very resistant to rot and insects, Cedar makes a great and long lasting choice for your outdoor furniture needs. Choose from log styles or traditional Adirondack style. The Cedar pieces can be left to weather gray or be stained for further protection and color. Cedar is very durable but also very affordable, so the value can't be beat! Visit our website to view the Rustic Cedar options, or stop into our gallery to learn more.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

In The Workshop

I've begun work on a new project in the workshop. I've been thinking about it all winter and it is now under way. It is in a fairly slow stage at the moment while I get the basic structure designed and built. It is a fairly large Adirondack style buffet/serving table. It will stand about 3' tall and be around 5 1/2' long. It will feature birch legs, white birch bark and twig accents, and an inlaid twig top. I'll keep you posted on the project and get some photos up when it starts coming together.