Saturday, May 9, 2015

Spending the morning at a meat market

 Last week I had a chance to work with SJ and Virginia Botha, owners of the Carnivore Market in Downtown Franklin, TN.   Most of our work involves kitchen and furniture work but I had the opportunity to build five enclosures that are to be fitted with racks for drying meat for this amazing shop right next to Handy Hardware.   One of their specialties is biltong, which is basically a South African verson of beef jerky...but in my opinion it is far better than beef jerky.  

The store is expanding as they add more capacity to dry meats and they have also just added a SMOKER.   Carnivore Market has plans to make their own bacon in house and begin to smoke their own sausage and other products.  

For meat lovers out in Middle TN, you must stop in at the Carnivore Market.   My family has become big fans of the biltong and boerewors (just go buy some).   The ribeyes from locally raised cattle are fantastic as well.   

                            Renovation in progress.  Glass doors and drying biltong coming soon...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The new BOLT table...

 For years I have wanted to build a piece that is inspired by vintage industrial tables or old factory pieces.  I have a wooden base from a very old table saw and a pair of work tables from a butcher shop that are built in the same way.   These pieces are usually bolted together and the fasteners have a great patina.

Not long ago I purchased lumber reclaimed from a tobacco barn.   In Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region there is a variety of tobacco that is cured by smoke in large barns.   The lumber that is reclaimed from these old barns is also smoked from decades of use as a tobacco smoking barn. 

Over the last few weeks, I've worked this lumber and built this first table of what I hope will be a new line of tables and other furniture.   Not all of the pieces will be constructed of smoked oak but they will be built using bolts...just like the vintage pieces that inspired me.  

This is the BOLT table.   Custom sizes available.   Email me at kevin@tkcabinetry for more information.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Blue and white

Last year I build cabinetry for a client that was adding an addition to their home in Apollo, PA.   They just sent me a few snapshots of the completed kitchen.   The color scheme of this beautiful blue and white, farmhouse kitchen was inspired in part by the tile behind the range.  Enjoy...

Pantry cabinet below....

Refrigerator below.... 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Farmhouse kitchen

Kitchen cabinetry in an historic home in Downingtown, PA.
The kitchen features an impressive soapstone backsplash behind the range and a large dual level island.   
The bar height section of the bar shown here is topped with a distressed walnut counter.  

The Rohl farm sink is located on the opposite side of the island which has a soapstone countertop.
All cabinets are finished with my signature hand-painted mik paint finish.   

Drawer detail

Upper moulding on this island opens up as a drawer.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Old reclaimed bar transformed into a kitchen island

A few months ago I received a phone call from a homeowner who had acquired some old panels salvaged from a old bar.   The panels had been stored in her uncle's barn for over 40 years.    She said her grandfather used to drink beer at the bar in Paris, TN.   She wanted to know if I could build a kitchen island with the reclaimed parts.

The panels were solid oak with a layer of grunge on the surface.   I had hoped to build the island using the panels intact but there was some old insect damage so I had to deconstruct the panels into individual parts.  
I recut the old baseboard to make the face cabinet face frame and used the tongue and grooved parts to make the doors and the drawer front.   The island design also had to incorporate a Bosch microwave drawer.

 We cleaned down the material and removed the layer of grime, without removing the patina of the old surface.    The doors and drawer front were fitted with some old industrial handles from our stash of antique hardware from Hinge Hardware.  The island was finished off with a clear coat.  

Kirk Hoeffler of Second Chance Antique Lumber (along with the homeowner) fabricated the beautiful countertop from antique oak planks.   

This was a challenging but very rewarding project.   When I was disassembling the panels, I found an old fish hook that had fallen behind one of the baseboards.   I picture my client's grandfather sitting on an old bar stool, enjoying a beer after fishing all afternoon.   As he reaches for his wallet to pay, the fish hook falls out of his pocket and lodges itself in the woodwork only to be discovered all these years later....