Selling the Studio
We're in the process of packing up and that means the pieces we've built for Maker Practice are now available for you, dear maker, to take home.
So many people have walked in and admired our tables, handmade by Mary and the amazing Heather, who stepped in while I was on vacation last summer. After purchasing and hauling the wood from Second Chance in Baltimore, Mary and Heather got to work building nine tables: eight at a counter height for ease of making, and one lower table for ADA compliance. After seeing the efficacy of having a longer tape measure available at each table, our employee Seth went from table to table meticulously wood burning a ruler into one end of each table. The tables are all so different than they were when we first started out, due to the addition of stains from clocks, boxes, and blanket ladders, and paints from stained glass, tea towels, and more clocks. You can find raised resin bubbles, too. All these marks add amazing character to the tables, telling the stories of their use while here in the studio.
Of those nine tables, the ADA table and three counter height tables are unaccounted for. You could take one home for $225. And if all that "story" doesn't appeal to you, you could sand the tops down and start again, adding your own story to these built-to-last tables.
We're also looking back fondly on our refinishing projects: two mid-century sliding door cabinets, This End Up furniture, and our beloved purple counter. Mary found the mid-century sliding door cabinets and I gave them a coat of primer, followed by a couple coats of paint. We used the same color as the walls in the studio, to help the behind-the-counter cabinetry blend into the background, allowing the purple counter to take center stage. That one started as a chest of drawers. We took the back off, deconstructed the drawers, and created a unique piece of shelving we could use to store all the odds and ends we need to keep handy. I found the This End Up couch, easy chair, ottoman, and TV stand as a group. Mary dyed the cushion covers and I painted the TV stand. They are, as you would expect from This End Up, in great condition; the ubiquitous rec room furniture was made to take a beating! We've listed these pieces of Facebook Marketplace.
Looking around the studio, we're filled with nostalgia for the year past and excitement for the year ahead. We hope our furniture, not unlike the many crafts our makers have made with us, will find good homes and live long and useful lives beyond the studio.
Happy Making, Amy