RAIL YARD STUDIOS | GEOMETRY
Coach Regen taught geometry and that’s about as close as math gets to art. In fact, we draw on those deeply ingrained and well-learned lesson on complementary angles and how to calculate the distance of the third side of a triangle pretty much every single day at Rail Yard Studios.
Crossties start out at 150 pounds, but a few well-placed perpendicular cuts will knock them down into more manageable pieces. Carefully considered angles shave even more weight, as we shape the sections into the recognizable form of a leg.
The raw edge on a crosstie timber is never square, straight, perpendicular or any other geometry-worthy term implying consistency – unless they’ve added inconsistent or undulating as an official definitive term since we were in school.
Nature just doesn’t age in a straight line, so we wind up having to put one on it. We plane surface flat where we can - places like the undersides of the timber, which won’t be seen. It gives us an edge we makes for a neat and secure assembly.
There’s a decided art in achieving a straight line, and it only sounds simple to define it as the shortest distance between two point.
Graffiti Switchpoint Desk | Rail Yard Studios
Call it art, or call it vandalism, graffiti adds color to the world we live in. Whether it’s a commuter train pulling into the subway stop in Manhattan or boxcar rambling across the plains or Kansas, the multicolor spray-painted murals roll along as an integral part of the railroad.
Our most progressive desk, the Switchpoint seemed a natural candidate for adding some urban style. With angled legs made from salvaged century-old steel rails combined with rescued and eco-friendly crossties, the Switchpoint calls to mind the sleek raked back designs of a locomotive at speed.
The desktop is entire hand painted and one of a kind. The rail is certified century old steel still bearing the brands that identify its month and year of manufacture. We finished it off with a date nail to individually number and catalog the piece as a one of a kind heirloom. A certificate supplied to its owner, testifies to the authenticity of the materials and is guaranteed by our signature.
Pull the tracks up and make them a table - that was the general idea in our most popular design, the Sleepers Coffee Table. We did this one up as an experiment to see if we could pull off the two-tone stain effect. We think we did.
Believe it or not, you can still own this one. Check it out on our website or give us a call at 615-309-0038.
So we had an idea for our first time at ICFF in New York May 17-20…how about a graffiti top for some of our tables. So we got a well-credentialled graffiti artist and asked him to give us a hand. We’ll have some completed shots in a couple of days before we ship this one off to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in a couple of weeks and check it out in person!
We’re really proud of this one. It’s our Scrapyard Tabench (yeah, we made that up). It takes its name from the fact that it works well as a table or as a bench.
The timber is a rescued oak crosstie - never treated with creosote, it is finished with an eco-friendly light stain to bring out the grain.
A loosely formed pile of used spikes diverted from the scrapyard run forms the base and gives a subtle hint of complexity in an otherwise simple design.
It’s available now, but probably not for long. If this one grabs your attention, reach out to us quickly.
We’ve been so excited about getting this event being held at our studios pulled together, and it has been hard to keep quiet about it, but now we can tell!
Click here for tickets.
FWIW, the VIP tasting will include a new product from Jack Daniel’s that has not yet been released - beyond Honey and beyond Fire. Trust me, I’ve tried it, and you do not want to miss this.
Hope to see you there!
to benefit the
sponsored by Jack Daniel’s
Friday May 16, 2014 from 7-9pm at Rail Yard Studios.
Get your tickets here before it opens up to the larger crowd.
Getting Ready for Our Closeups
Photo shoot time again. Just did a run of wine racks – Wedge (4 bottles), 5-Bottle (weren’t we creative with that name?) and our signature Rail Yard Wine Rack (8 bottles).
Note the pattern on the gum timber in the middle front foreground of the top picture. It has a beautiful character to it on the top. The gum have been surprising lately. I just posted some pix of planked gum a little while ago.
We’ll start posting some of the pix from the shoot in the next few days as well.
These surprised us. We were stunned at the beauty of what came out of these crossties.
The gum (top pic) has a flame like appearance. The hickory (two middle pics) has its well-known dark and light striations and an interesting bit of bark seam. The hackberry (bottom pic) has thin dark thin lines coursing through it.
Once we get these down to a finished product, the colors and graining are going to be something truly amazing to behold.
Hmmmm. Now what shall we make from these? Let me know if you have a suggestion.