Jim Whitman Exhibition at Sally Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley February 22 – March

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Jim Whitman Exhibition at Sally Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley February 22 – March

“Turning the Tables” Exhibition of Master Wood Worker, Jim Whitman

This is an exhibition of work by Master wood worker, Jim Whitman featuring 10 hand crafted tables and various wood sculptures and accessories. Tables range from cocktail and coffee to conference tables. This a show case for Whitman’s work over the past 30 years. All are varied in style and construction methods. Wood has been harvested from Jim’s farm and surrounding area. His collection of species includes, cherry, walnut slabs, Red and White Oak, Spalted Maple, and some rare Elm. Jim will be introducing a new design series of quilt top tables. These pieces are carved and painted tops with various quilt motifs. The exhibition begins at February 22, 2104 and continues till the end of march. Admission if free. The hours of the show are from 11:00am to 6:00pm, 7 days a week. for directions to Sally Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley Arts Center click here Spalted Elm Coffee Table SPALTED ELM COFFEE TABLE 42″l. X 26″w. X 17″h. The top is random edge spalted Elm with Black Walnut breadboard ends that are sculpted and carved. The vertical base is Black Walnut with a Birdseye Maple horizontal stringer. The finish is Shellac and hand rubbed Poly. End grain island coffee table END GRAIN ISLAND COFFEE TABLE 32″L. x19″W. x 17″h. The end grain center island is made up of eight different species of wood. It is surrounded by a Black Walnut, half lapped frame with Ebony plugs. The aprons and legs are Black Walnut using thru tennons wedged with Ebony. The slatted under shelf is Red Teak. The finish is Shellac and Tung oil. Sofa Table SOFA TABLE 72″l X 27″h. X 12″w. The top is random edged Ash supported by Walnut cross members secured  to the Maple aprons. The legs are Black Walnut. The finish is five coats of hand rubbed Poly. Quilt table QUILT TABLE # 1 36″l X 20″ X 18″h The quilt design is carved into the 2″Poplar top. The carved design is then Painted with milk paint and sealed with water based Poly. The legs and aprons are Black Walnut finished with hand rubbed Poly. Quilt table QUILT TABLE # 2 37″l. X 21″w. X 18″h. The quilt design is carved into the Aspen top. The carved design is then painted with Acrylic paint and sealed with water based Poly. The tapered legs and aprons are Black Walnut finished with shellac and hand rubbed Poly. Foundry Gear Coffee Table FOUNDRY GEAR COFFEE TABLE    26″diameter X 18″h. This table is made using three different wood patterns that were used to make sand molds for casting metal parts .They date back to the early 19 hundreds. They are assembled to make this table with a glass top. Framed Bass Wood Rock Carving FRAMED BASS WOOD ROCK CARVING 16″w X17 1/2″h X 2″d The river rocks are carved in Bass wood and framed in  Maple with Ebony plugs. The finish is shellac and wax. River Rock Sculpture RIVER ROCK SCULPTURE ON A CHERRY SLAB 27″h X 16″w The rocks are carved into the Cherry plank. Additional rocks  made of Walnut, Maple, Poplar and Rosewood were glued on and carved for added dimension as well as texture and color. This type of sculpture is easily hung on the wall using a French cleat. River Rocks On Birds eye Maple RIVER ROCKS ON BIRDS EYE MAPLE. 11 1/2″h X 20 1/2″h The Back ground is solid Birds eye Maple mortised and tenoned with  Walnut pegs. The rivers rocks are epoxyed into pockets carved into the Maple. The Maple panel is suspended into the Cherry frame with brass bars allowing it to float. Walnut Slab Conference Table WALNUT SLAB CONFERENCE TABLE 120″”l. X 36″w. X 30″h. This Walnut slab was found in an old barn during an auction. It was rough sawn and coated with pigeon dung .Hand planing and sanding revealed the beautiful wood. The base has Walnut slabs joined with an Oak runner. End Grain Slab Coffee Table END GRAIN SLAB COFFEE TABLE 37″l. X18″w.X 18″h. The top is secured to the apron using sliding dovetail rails to allow for seasonal changes. The apron is maple with routed grooves painted black. The legs are Walnut. Carved rocks into a walnut crotch slab CARVED ROCKS INTO A WALNUT CROTCH SLAB 26″ h X 19″w. These rocks are carved into the Walnut slab . Other rocks were added using varied species of wood glued in place and carved. The light colored sap wood gives a sense of water flowing through the rocks.

About the Artistjlw

Jim Whitman has been working with wood for over forty years.  He started woodworking as a hobby while directing his graphic design studio in Clifton, New Jersey. After graduating high school he studied illustration for two years at The Art Students League in New York City.  He freelanced as an illustrator and designer for many New York ad agencies before starting his own graphic design business in 1960.  These skills have proved invaluable in designing his furniture, carving and sculpture. In 1973 Jim and his family moved to a farm in rural Lafayette, New Jersey.  Jim built a barn to house his wood shop hobby.  During this time he was introduced to the Peters Valley Craft Education Center in nearby Layton, NJ.   He was inspired by many great teachers taking classes from some of woodworking’s eminent personalities such as Tage Frid, Sam Maloof, Jere Osgood, Mack Headley and Toshio Odote.   Jim was so passionate about the mission of teaching crafts that he served on the Peters Valley Board of Directors for twenty years. Thru all these years, Peters Valley has been  an ongoing education for Jim both  for craft and it’s community. In 2001 Jim retired from his graphics business to continue with his ever increasing woodworking for commissions as well as teaching and consulting. In 2012 Jim had a book published titled “The Woodworker’s Studio  Handbook.

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