Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm still here!

Josh here, finally blogging after a long hiatus. RHR is in somewhat of a transitional period and the entire shop has taken a journey from Connecticut to North Carolina. Will this be the final stop for RHR? probally not, but its all part of life's adventure right? The past two months have been busy here in NC, as my old college buddy and fellow artist Robert Hamrick joined the team. 

Rob learned how to turn on the lathe Very quickly. Here he is turning a piece of purpleheart.



Together we've pumped out a lot of product and will have all new inventory posted on etsy in the VERY near future. Heres a taste of one of the new things.

A purple heart Pipe. (minus the screen)

As it happens I sold the pipe within a day of it being finished to another local artist here. Ill take it as a sign that this design is a winner.  Stay tuned for a complete update to the store and the continuation of weekly blog updates.


Take Care,
Josh 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rare paintings

I paint very infrequently, but I figured why not show some versatility here and post some older paintings I've done in the past. These are not for sale, as they currently have homes, I was lucky enough to be able to go back and take pictures of them recently for my Portfolio.


Painting from High School days. Artist focus: van gogh

"Apple Trilogy". First time using Oils

"Behold" Acrylic/water/sharpie 

I'm working on quite a lot of projects this week, including new Pipes and Bangles.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Completed Projects NO.2

This is an older project, but I recently refurbished it and took new pictures. This is my Slide Guitar I made for a project in college. Its an electric with gibson pickups and hardware. The body is made of Zebrawood and the fretboard is Rosewood. It took me under 24 hours to make this somehow..I did it all in one shot so I must have went into a super productive art coma or something. Its pretty amazing considering that it was my first musical instrument and it came out 99.9% perfect (theres one little flaw, but i'll never tell!)



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Completed Projects NO.1

I know the gap between the last update has been long but there is good reason. I have been very busy the past weeks working on my stock and making new art pieces for the next event!
To make up for the lull in postings Im going to clean the air and post a project a day for the weekend. Here's the first:

Rosewood Pipe Set (custom order)

Custom order for an old world aesthetic

I hand turned them from rough cut stock I have and hand sanded and drilled the chambers. Finish is food safe mineral oil applied periodically while being worked on in addition to final coat process. There is no stain in these woods, the mineral oil brings out the natural color and feeds the wood as time goes on. The chambers are drilled large enough for easy cleaning and prevention of clogging. These pipe do NOT clog like others and because of the density of the wood will never break on you. You can literally smash this on the pavement or run over it and it will barley make a scratch. I don't know about you but I have broken plenty of pipes that I've bought somewhere over the years so I keep this in mind while designing my own.

More projects to come over the weekend..


Saturday, August 13, 2011

It's Coming..

Progress....

Devilish....but for a moment longer

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back from Event

I'm Back from an event/festival I went to yesterday. It was the 4th annual "Rock your ink off" event in Waterbury CT. I had a table there for Refined Home Relics where I sold a good amount of my art. I have to say we were pretty successful considering that there was low attendance and the fact that everyone was spending their money on tattoos and not art booths.  I unfortunately did not have a moment to take a picture of the booth, but I did snap a shot of all the craziness outside my shop getting ready for it the day before.

The cheese boards and pipes were especially popular with people. I'm very excited about the positive responses and will continue to go to more events  in the future.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Day on the Lake

Sorry for the short lull in posting, I'm currently watching my younger siblings at my fathers house in Holland Mass. Its on the lake that was frozen over in the snow sculpture picture:




Conner (left) & Colleen (right)

They are the coolest kids ever and I always have a blast hanging out with them. I'm also working on some more secret projects while I'm up here. Some small portable stuff, since I don't have a studio up here. I also brought all my music gear so I can keep working on my Album (its REALLY coming along now).  Very soon there is going to be a HUGE post showing a lot of the new things im working on, as well as new finished work.