Rings and Where Have We Been

I know we've been a teeny bit inactive on the blog lately. But that's because of all the prolificacy we've been dealing with out there beyond the computer. Sometimes the ideas...they just take over.

And that, of course, is a good thing. In fact, it's the thing. We see ourselves as more than just designers. We see Moss Robot as an idea factory. Which means we have our hands (brains) in all sorts of different mediums.

Which also means that there are new things to come. And to start we'd like to quickly share some wooden rings we've been making.



The rings are made of Bocote, Zebrawood, Marblewood and Ziricote. And some, as you can see, are comprised of layers of more than one wood. They are elegant, yes? no? yes.






































We're currently creating these in three distinct sizes. And have the ability to tweak those sizes for custom fits.
Different woods are also in the process now.  Out in the shop currently, we're introducing Macassar Ebony, Cocobolo and this really interesting piece of Ambrosia Maple.


 Really interesting.


More to come. And thanks for staying tuned. 

Matt and Lisa


Blue Bureau Biology

Dull, little caterpillar transforms into classy, vibrant butterfly.

The larva.


Seems this one just never made it into the chrysalis. And spent way too much time moving around from place to place hoping for some kind of metamorphosis.

Well, hope no more, you old worm. Beauty is right around the corner.


The blue morpho.


The wings, of course, are theoretical. But still, certainly dramatic. And it's got that look-at-me-now attitude about it. I'm a butterfly. A real, blue-bureau butterfly!


 And have a look at the zebrawood drawer pulls. Very zebrawoody, of course.





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Inside (outside) the chrysalis (at the workshop). First things first. There was a broken drawer to contend with. A small problem but important to fix.

So, we removed the side wall that was chipped, cracked and broken and made a new one. Then routed out a long recess for the drawer's bottom to slide into.






Here's some pictures of the... pupation.




The legs were recycled from an old side table that withered years ago. A bottom was added so that the legs would have somewhere to attach themselves to and we swapped out the existing hardboard back with a wood back that would look better as well as offer greater stability.


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Tip time. Here's an easy way to paint the legs. Attach the leg plates to a long board and face them upwards (and you really just need to use 2 of the 4 screws). Then, screw the hanger bolts in the legs into the plates.

You'll have all your legs standing in front of you ready for painting. And they can stay put to dry.


Easy-Peezy



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The perfect color. We had decided on the zebrawood for the drawer pulls, so, we wanted to choose a paint color to complement those well and make the zebrawood a strong focal point.

We did have some ready-to-use colors that would have worked reasonably well. But, they just weren't quite the right tones. There was a nice blue. A light blue. An aquamarine. And we decided on something sort of in between-ish.

So, our resident paint-mixer went about her magic science and created a color that both blows your mind and soothes your soul. ...I know. ...Magic, right?


 AHH!...ahhhhh




And here's one last look at this little miracle of nature before it takes flight for the first time. Off you go, you beautiful bug. Be free!






But watch out for birds. Cause you look delicious.

Want us to hurry along the metamorphosis of your wayward caterpillar? Send us a note.
Matt and Lisa

Ode to Zebrawood

Zebrawood. Zebrawood. Zebrawood. Your stripes are sleak and svelt.
Your wonderfulness is a mystery.
And you gave my brain a welt.
                                              -unknown author (no, it was me. just now)





































This here zebrawood put up a fight.
I added tools to my armory for this thing.

But I also streamlined my process.
So, tit for tat and all good things have silver clouds and amen.

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But that's not all!

I've also started on metal inlays.
Bronze, to be exact. Have a look at this one I made for my sister-in-law:




















photo by Regan Wood, stolen with pride from instagram

Bronze is harder to get your hands on than you might think.
But... the internet came through in the end.
Try out onlinemetals.com
if you have the ..."metal desire"...dibs on that band name.

mw