Deck Art!

Rochester Michigan has their annual “Deck Show” every spring. They invite the community at large to purchase a skateboard deck at the South Street Skate Shop, art it up, and have them displayed throughout the downtown’s many shops. Below it the design I’ve submitted for this years event.

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Tall 670 Totem Process

I’ve had this idea for a while now… Do a three panel totem using the three bent plywood panels of an entire Eames Lounge Chair. It was just a matter of acquiring all the matching panels. Once I had those in my possession, it was just a matter of making it a reality. Below are some shots of the process…

Sontos Palisander panels have been stripped.

Sontos Palisander panels have been stripped.

Designs are then transferred to the panels by mean of the “cartoon”.

Designs are then transferred to the panels by mean of the “cartoon”.

Detail of the image transfer.

Detail of the image transfer.

Laying in the paint.  One stroke at a time.

Laying in the paint. One stroke at a time.

I crafted a frame to support all three panels.

I crafted a frame to support all three panels.

The final totem… Air, Sea, Earth

The final totem… Air, Sea, Earth

Deck Designs!

Just added to the website and available for purchase are two new skateboard deck designs!

Each of these decks feature a unique laser-cut grip tape design on the opposite side.  Check them out in the "fun stuff" section of midcenturytotems.com!

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New DCW Totem

Titled "Daniel DCW" this latest piece is done on a Charles and Ray Eames designed, Herman miller DCW (Dining Chair Wood legs) walnut veneered back panel.  Limiting the color to just black and white gives this one a unique look.  Available on my website midcenturytotems.com .

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Caretaker Totem

I recently came across four teakwood arms from a Danish Modern sofa set.  Seemed like a good opportunity to create a series of Totems.  These will lean stylistically more mid-century-modern than Northwest Coast and will depict the relationships we humans have with our pets.  The first is titled "Caretaker Totem #1". This piece is available for sale on midcenturytotems.com.

Vintage Grumman Canoe Totem- Just because.

My wife and I have really enjoyed our hand-built, wooden Old Town Canoe. The problem is, it's far too nice to take rushing down some fast water with a multitude of boulders and rocks just waiting to wreck all that beautiful finish.  So the solution was to get an old beater.  A $200 vintage Grumman fit the bill.  It spent the first part of its life as a rental in Ann Arbor Michigan.  It's seen it's fair share of abuse these past several decades but it still had plenty of years of use just waiting to be had.  But I just couldn't leave the thing alone. It needed some fitting embellishment if we were to enjoy it in style.  Hence the totemification.  It was a weekends worth of work but I think this old rental is ready to create some memories for this guy and his family.

Medicine Man!

I just finished a new totem.  This time it's on a vintage 670 panel in rosewood.I call this one "Medicine Man".  I've limited the color to just white and red for a unique look that's a bit more austere.

New Eames Panel Totem!

Just finished this new Eames Panel Totem titled "Tribute Totem".  Featuring a three color design in a vintage Rosewood section of an authentic Herman Miller screen.  You can purchase this now on midcenturytotems.com!