Ipswich Cabinetry (Ipswich, MA)
Category – Green Project
Project Description – Respecting the materials called for the use of traditional hand tools both to fit joints and antique distress the exposed new wood so the completed product would have the feel of an old piece. We found a lipped adze and a caulking mallet left the best signatures on the wood when we weathered the end cuts. The biggest challenge was trying to make a square edged picture frame from old beams!
Unusual Aspects – The historical relevance of having trees that were originally harvested and hand hewn during the colonial era, then turned into furnishings that still bear the original sawyer’s broadaxe and adze markings, make this a special usage of reclaimed materials. Having them reside at the
Why I like the CMA – This group is self selecting for forward thinking, extremely independent entrepreneurs who combine those traits with a high level of skilled craftsmanship. This gives us a combined knowledge base that is tremendous relative to our size. The completely unselfish attitude of members who are willing to take time out of their day to solve each other’s problems by sharing their hard-earned knowledge always amazes me. The CMA is the antithesis of the me-first culture that prevails in too many aspects of our lives. Whenever I’ve had a tough day and need to be reminded why I got into this business in the first place, I can log onto the CMA Forum and be recharged with my fellow member’s humor, knowledge, and sharing attitude.