Thursday, January 27, 2011

Woodworks Photography Tour


Often times when we install our cabinetry, the project is not yet complete. There is still lots of sawdust and work to do. This just means that it's even more awesome to visit some of our completed jobs once our clients have already moved in!

Leness Houseboat

We recently completed work on one of our artist's homes! The wonderful Terry & John Leness recently moved to a Seattle houseboat. We worked with them to design and build the perfect interiors for their new tight quarters out of salvaged vertical grain fir.

Built in bookshelf with rolling ladder.

Media cabinet.

Vertical grain fir kitchen flat panel cabinetry and bar top.

Built-in Captain's Bed with built-in shelving storage and dresser.



Built in fir desk in the bedroom.


Burrell Residence

Live edge and frame and panel cabinets and bar top made from Whatcom County maple.





Sustainably Harvested Flat Panel Cherry Cabinet

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Starting the New Year Out Right

Happy New Year! We have been very busy, getting lots of projects done at our new Edison shop. Here are just a few...

7 Black Walnut Sofa Tables

This client came to us inquiring about a heap of black walnut, she had kept in her Skagit Valley barn since the 1980s. We worked with her to figure out a furniture piece she could give to each of her seven children. These sofa tables will be sent around the country to where each of her children's families now live.


Sustainably Harvested Cherry Cabinet with Live Edge Accents

Locally Harvested Maple Dresser

Does this dresser look familiar? We had a similar furniture piece in our Edison gallery a few months ago and a young couple decided to commission a piece based off the original. The light tone of this particular maple was of a special interest to them, and luckily we were able to use wood from the same tree as the other dresser.

Smith & Vallee played with a different kind of live edge for this dresser by not grinding the bark all the way down. The result is a leathery accent tone on the edge and the live edge pulls.




Holly Wood Bed Set

This is another example of one of our client's supplying the materials for the project out of their own backyard. We have slowly but surely been making furniture for this client out of several trees, originally from her property, that we milled and dried. The newest furniture pieces are two twin beds made out of Holly Wood.


Sustainably Harvest Cherry Live Edge Cabinet

Our clients commissioned this very specific furniture piece for the perfect spot in their Ballard home. It serves as storage and a nice entry bench. These clients were also considering re-doing their kitchen but weren't sure what we would cost. When we dropped off the cabinet we sketched out their dream kitchen, sent over our bid, and we are now on track to give them brand new kitchen cabinets!

Sustainably Harvested Cherry Buffet

Our client loved an identical cherry buffet we have for sale at our Edison gallery but wanted the piece to be 6" shorter. Good thing we do custom work! They got exactly what they wanted!

Native Shoes Display Letters

We were asked to build these big letters for Native Shoes' display at an exhibition in Berlin. Each letter was made by gluing up many (many) pieces of sustainably harvested maple plywood. Smith & Vallee then CNC routed them into each of the specific shapes.


Coincidentally, Native can also spell out Evan - the name of our right-hand-man at the woodshop. We had a lot of fun with this photo shoot.


Lots of dried wood in the shop waiting for projects!

artists of dakota art: 20th anniversary show!

In celebration of Dakota Art Store's 20th Anniversary of serving artists in the Northwest, Smith & Vallee Gallery is proud to honor the artists who work at its three locally based shops. With work from over 15 artists, this exhibition widely varies in subject matter and media with something new around each corner.






All of the "Artists of Dakota Art!" Thanks Everyone!

The Artist's Reception at Smith & Vallee

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