Tag Archives: fun

The Bubble Cabinet & Apple Cabinet

Check out a new idea Judson created using 14-ply walnut plywood!

The Bubble Cabinet

After enlisting the help of a local CNC programmer, we created a random bubble pattern in a sheet of plywood that defies explanation. As the CNC router head carved out the grooves for each bubble, each subsequent layer of plywood is revealed. The result is a beautiful product that could not have been created with hand tools.

Check out the layers revealed by the CNC router!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve also been busy created this cabinet that looks like a bitten apple, aptly titled:

The Apple Cabinet

Have you ever seen a cabinet like this?

It was constructed with maple veneered plywood for the actual cabinet portion. For the bitten area, we used a 2-part expanded foam, carved, and the fiber-glassed with a matte white paint on top.

Check out the detail in the bite marks!It's still a functional cabinet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...bit right through the handle too!

Under the Sea – Children’s Waiting Room

Our latest design and installation was for the Vancouver Coastal Health clinic at the Alan Cashmore Center.

The idea for this play/waiting area was to use very fun and playful imagery in a simplistic design  that would make the area enticing for children in the waiting room, but not so much that they are too distracted when it comes time to leave.

The majority of the work was created using a CNC router to mill out the major shapes and design elements. The fish were printed in vinyl sticker, as well as the bubbles and waves. Almost all of the other elements were pressed with laminate to ensure a long lasting life of vigorous play.

The clinic provides treatment and support for children between 1 & 5 years old, as well as their families. It is a welcome addition to the already fantastic  environment of the clinic.

Awesome Custom Pieces for Crayola


One of our most exciting and fun projects has been the custom furniture pieces we’ve been working on with Crayola Canada. These pieces will be inspirational fun additions to their head office in Toronto. The grandfather clock has been a huge hit with everyone who’s seen it in person!

 

July 1! Salt Spring Woodwork’s Night Gallery

Save July 1st for the Summer Lights opening party and premiere of Salt Spring Woodwork’s Night Gallery!

Three extraordinary artists – Brent Comber, Judson Beaumont, and Peter Pierobon – will light up every Friday and Saturday night this summer from nine to midnight, with their innovative new light-filled installations and environments.

Judson Beaumont’s XL ‘Squiddies’ will be making their first appearance after their smaller cousins made a splash at the ICFF in New York just a few weeks ago. A Squiddy bench will be present, circling a tree, as 7 and 8 foot tall squiddies tower on their tentacles eerily lit from below. Best viewed at night!

The Squiddy Bench. Fancy a seat?

Summer Lights features illuminated works of  art in the environment, artifice in nature, pieces of public art made to be visible in the dark. Viewable from distances and infinite perspectives, they  illuminate the trails and the towering trees of the Woodworks landscape and transform it into a new place, startling, playful and beautiful.  Each piece changes and evolves through the day in different lights and times and weathers.

Salt Spring Woodworks is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and  FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT  from  NINE TO MIDNIGHT through July and August.

Salt Spring Woodworks
125 Churchill Rd. Salt Spring Island
For more information: 250-537-9606

or visit their blog!

Who Says Airports can’t be Family Friendly?

Some of the major projects we’ve been working on over the course of the past few years have been the design, construction and installation of children’s play areas for YVR Airport in Vancouver.

I asked Jud about how these projects got started and why…

“I travel a lot and I find, in the airports, there’s nothing for kids. Well, there’s nothing they use their imagination on, you know?
If there’s anything there for them, it’s “standard play equipment”. And even that’s uncommon. YVR contacted me through my work as a furniture designer. They wanted something to do with nature. I wanted to do something inspiring. I like the idea of kids coming in; maybe for the first time, waiting for their flight, and then forty-five minutes later they leave. It’s just a simple thing, you know? But it’s  fun and it’s there for them.” -Judson Beaumont

The first one we put in was the tugboat.

YVR's Tug Boat

YVR's International Terminal has been home to this durable and friendly tug for over 10 years!

The Domestic Terminal sports three separate places for kids to unwind.
With West Jet, there is a garden maze to run around in and a topiary TV for seated entertainment.

YVR Maze

A good run-around in the terminal makes for a much easier flight!

YVR TV

Even TV can be more than just a black box when you introduce a bit of imagination.

Air Canada celebrates one of Vancouver’s primary attractions: winter sports! The Whistler Play Area is one of two that celebrates this theme, the other being a welcoming fireplace that contrasts nicely with the bustle of a busy airport.

Whistler Play Area

The Whistler Village area provides a quiet place for kids to read or play.

YVR Fireplace

YVR Fireplace

Beautiful Craftsmanship and attention to detail always make Straightlines' projects stand out.

Even the public food court in the Domestic Terminal has an area for kids to play and just be kids.

Food Court Lighthouse

YVR Food Court Lighthouse Play Area

Kids need kid spaces.  Fortunately for us, they’re pretty fun to make, too!

North Vancouver Public Library: Reading Tree

A project that we have been working on for quite some time has just seen the last of us, and the North Vancouver Public Library now has a new reading tree! We completed a series of wall murals for this Library about a year ago and are glad to have been able to add this final element, which can be opened up and used for storage as well as decoration. Jud and Kyle install the final bushy bits below.

This tree has been quite the undertaking as far as construction goes. We did the fiber-glassing ourselves but it’s been in and out of our shop multiple times for painting and finishing… both for the bark and the “housey” elements. Just for fun, here are a few shots of this thing in the works.

Everything we do goes through a different process. Check back often to see what else we’ve done!