HAMILTONHOLMES

#Winter
The frozen crust is on its way…
#120mm #hasselblad #photography #dogsled #frozenlake
Oct 16

#Winter

The frozen crust is on its way…

#120mm #hasselblad #photography #dogsled #frozenlake

#Summer
The Moon battles the Fire at Johnny’s 
#120mm #hassleblad #photography #country #walnut 
Oct 16

#Summer

The Moon battles the Fire at Johnny’s 

#120mm #hassleblad #photography #country #walnut 

#Autumn
The Harvest dries and provides
#120mm #Hasselblad #corn #country #
Oct 16

#Autumn

The Harvest dries and provides

#120mm #Hasselblad #corn #country #

Sep 25

FURTHER ANNOUNCMENT….

As I said in the last post, as an independent craftsperson, I am building projects in my shop. But ALSO I am working as a millwork contractor and installer. Ive teamed up with my amiga @kmsalterdesign and we have been working with manufacturers to produce beautiful interior design projects for clients. 

You must be confused, perhaps wondering ‘why is he getting manufacturers to build his millwork if he just built a shop?’

Well in the world of wood, one can make a diacotomous division between Furniture : and : Millwork.

 Furniture is made slowly and with great care. It involves specialized artisanal techniques, as well as a design/ problem solving ability. Most furniture pieces are relatively small in scale, and don’t take up much shop space. 

Millwork is an industrial trade. The market is VERY competitive among local and international manufacturers. It involves large industrial machines and techniques,  large amounts of space, and a focus on efficiency. The average millwork project such as a kitchen takes a lot of space to build and store, an is best fit to a large manufacturing facility. That said, installing the work still takes a technical skill akin to furniture making. 

So with these two definitions in mind, I make furniture in my small basement shop. I take my time, and do beautiful time consuming work for any client that needs that type of piece.

AND I work with manufacturers to organize and build millwork projects. Then I use the truck and trailer and tools pictured above to install the projects.  All interior design work on projects is done top to bottom by my partner KMSalter Design.

So actually, it is a divided business. one step in Montreal, one step in Ontario haha…

  

Sep 23

I’M BACK!

I was never really away, but I have been away from this blog due to infrastructure upgrades and weddings and such. Much has changed.

ANNOUNCEMENT!

I have become an independent craftsman and I have opened my company Hamilton Holmes Woodworking and Design. 

To facilitate my design and building work, I have built a shop. This took a lot of time and money, but I happy to announce that it is up and running and I am having a fabulous time working in it. In the past I have used the shops of friends, renting time to work when I have a commission or project. This worked fine, but it left little room for experimentation of design. It is important to be able to try out new things, make mistakes, and further your craft without having to pay rental fees by the hour. Thus, the shop exists!

It is my first shop, and it is basic, but it has all the tools I need to build beautiful furniture. After purchasing all my machines, I insulated the room, wired it for power and installed lighting. Then, I built some fixed work stations such as the mitre saw bench, or the wood storage racks. Finally I built a very big and very heavy solid maple workbench to work on (blog post on bench to follow) Most of my tools are mobile in this shop so that I can make the most of the space. Its important to be able to host any project so careful attention was paid to layout, including heights and pathways of machines. Although its not an ideal space, it works for me, and its one big step in the right direction. 

There, you’re introduced. Stay tuned for projects rolling out of the shop….

Barley Crow
HHolmes 2013
Sep 16

Barley Crow

HHolmes 2013

FirePine
HHolmes 2013
Sep 15

FirePine

HHolmes 2013

Hellicopter
HHolmes 2013
Sep 15

Hellicopter

HHolmes 2013

Johnson and his gun.
HHolmes 2013
Sep 15

Johnson and his gun.

HHolmes 2013

Mirror Frame
from the Studio City Collection
Black walnut and beveled glass
HHolmes 2012
Jun 17

Mirror Frame

from the Studio City Collection

Black walnut and beveled glass

HHolmes 2012

Who Lives Here?
HHolmes 2013
Jun 11

Who Lives Here?

HHolmes 2013

Persistence of Beech Leaves
HHolmes 2013
Jun 11

Persistence of Beech Leaves

HHolmes 2013

Splintered
HHolmes 2012
Jun 11

Splintered

HHolmes 2012

Ice Fish Shack
HHolmes 2013

**this frame got munched by the developing machine, thats why its discoloured and messed up**
Mar 22

Ice Fish Shack

HHolmes 2013

**this frame got munched by the developing machine, thats why its discoloured and messed up**

Doughnuts
HHolmes 2013
Mar 14

Doughnuts

HHolmes 2013