joe mendel

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Excellent execution, including your choice of grain pattern. Can't blame you at all for protecting those photos with a watermark.

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Wow! Two things immediately come to mind. First, what amazing talent you have. Second, I would love to try a piece like this or others i've seen but what would I do with it? While the woodworking challenge appeals to me and like a well done tattoo I can appreciate the artists work I just don't have that formal of a house to display something like this. Someday I may try a piece regardless just for the immense challenges provided. Well done and thanks so much for sharing.

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Thanks for detailing some of your methods Joe.  You are a gifted craftsman.  Truly beautiful work.  You are spot-on about choosing your clientele.  My brother has made a good living in the car repair, restoration and parts business . . . but, . . . he doesn't cater to Chevy owners.  I learned from his success.  I have been lucky enough to gather some repeat customers who want something made just for them; and they have friends, and their friends have friends.

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The focus of that book is how to identify a good period furniture piece, so it contains no construction details.  I have one of the earlier editions of that book, I hope the newest edition was finally printed in color.   

That's a great looking piece, the Federal period is my favorite.  Is your book new?  I couldn't find it anywhere.  

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The book you have is Good Better, Best.  The color version is Good Better, Best, Masterpiece.   Both are indispensable when trying to get a client to see things, " my way is the right way."  I also made the people who worked my gallery for me to know the book, and more importantly, how to convey quality to a perspective buyer.

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Spectacular piece, Joe. In addition to having to master about 24 new skills, I would have to study meditation for years to acquire the patience necessary for such a project. 

Kudos!

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Very, very nice build, Joe!  I hope the recipient truly appreciates the work that went into that piece.

Where do you source your veneer?

David

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Berkshire Veneer in MA is the best experience that I have had consistently.  When in a pinch I will drive the thirty minutes  to Certainly Woods in Aurora, NY, but the mgr there Greg Engle is not the most accommodating of salesman.  It is like I am putting him out by stopping buy to purchase; it must be they prefer mail order customers to do-drop-ins. 

 

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I've been buying from Certainly Wood since they opened but I'm in Louisiana so the only buying I've done is over the phone, mail order (back in the day... :rolleyes:) and now online.  I'll have to check out Berkshire Veneer - thanks!

David

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On 2/8/2019 at 11:03 PM, difalkner said:

Very, very nice build, Joe!  I hope the recipient truly appreciates the work that went into that piece.

Where do you source your veneer?

David

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From whence cometh the drool-inducing veneer and how did you get it onto the painstakingly shaped doors?

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The veneer was hammered and hide glue on the curved surfaces, and the center drawer and two center doors were hide glue and veneer press.

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I haven't done hammer veneering in the last 20 years, matter of fact it was probably 30 years ago the last time I did that.  Neat process and glad to see how well you made it work out.  Excellent job!

David

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