It has been raining a lot in Kona!. The trees in the upper field are pruned and looking good. When the trees bloom it looks snow is falling. They call it “Kona Snow.”
This sure beats Shanghai!
It is time to prune the coffee trees to get ready for the growing season. Unfortunately, the chipper has a busted bearing.
This is why our coffee is called Kona Sunset Coffee! Kilauea is erupting again. the emissions make for some beautiful sunsets! http://www.konasunsetcoffee.com
Here is the new Kona coffee! Chocolate Macadamia Nut Flavored Kona coffee. Ready to ship http://www.konasunsetcoffee.com
This is why it is call Kona Sunset Coffee. Every clear night on the farm you see a sunset like this. That is Lili in the foreground. She is the newest member to join the farm. http://www.konasunsetcoffee.com
The coffee beans are bigger than ever because of all the rain in Holualoa this year. Picking and processing is well underway! You can place your order for Christmas coffee anytime. Sammi will make sure it gets shipped right away.
It is a long story how we got to Hawaii. I will save that for another post. We have been on the Big Island for a little over a year. My wife brought in our first crop this fall. Here is our coffee label! http://www.konasunsetcoffee.com
I have been away a long time. I have been living and working in Shanghai for the last five years. Lots of changes since my last post. The wood shop is gone. We sold our home and moved to Holualoa, Hawaii. We are on the Big Island about 3 miles up the mountain from Kona. Continue reading “Nihoa (Hello) From Shanghai and Kona Hawaii”
Just after Christmas, I took a job in Shanghai China. I probably won’t be doing any woodworking for a while. I will be back! (In a few years)
I spent two hours installing the caning and finishing up the coffee table tonight. The caning on the shelf was pretty straight forward and it seems to have turned out pretty nice. I think my father would approve. I hope my sister likes it. Time to kick back, drink a scotch, and think about myContinue reading “End Table – Finished!”
I was able to match the stain exactly to the original finish. The picture below shows the table with the stain and one coat of urethane. I plan on a minimum of five coats of urethane. This will take me all week. I expect the canning material to show up right about the time IContinue reading “End Table – Stain and Finish”
Here is the coffee table almost ready for finish. A little more sanding and cleaning and it will be ready for staining I found out from my mother that my father built this table when they lived in their first apartment. I was less than one year old at the time. That makes this tableContinue reading “End Table – Almost Ready for the Finish”
I went to the mill and purchased a 4/4 rough cut piece of walnut. $8.95 per board feet…Whew!!!! Making a new shelf is much faster than digging out the old canning and refinishing the wood.
I decided to maintain the original look of the coffee table. The canning needs to be replaced. It is old and dirty and I cannot refinish the shelf without removing the canning. I tried to remove the canning. No luck. It will be easier to replace the wood rather than dig out the canning.
My father built this coffee table when I lived in Racine, Wisconsin. My mother told me that I was less than one years old. This makes the table over 50 years old. When my father passed away, my older sister inherited the table and it has been in her living room ever since. Recently, she askedContinue reading “End Table”
I finished the cedar chest quit a while ago, however, I did not post the completed project because Amy is going to get surprised Christmas morning! I decided on a satin urethane finish. I just could not bring myself to put a glossy coat of shellac on the walnut veneer. It just did not seemContinue reading “Cedar Chest Complete”
Here is what it looks like with the first coat of stain. The picture does not do it justice. The stain is called Candlelight and it really brings out the depth of the grain in the walnut veneer. I am still debating between shellac and a satin urethane finish.
I am back sooner than I expected. I had the opportunity to glue up some white oak and spin the legs on my lathe. Again the idea is to match the style of the details on the front of the cedar chest. They look pretty good and the height of the cedar chest is now aroundContinue reading “Almost Ready for Finish”
No one, including myself, like the first leg (shown in the last post). The square block on the top of the leg did not seem to look correct against the square bottom where the leg mounts. This morning, I machined off the square block. It only took about 5 minutes and it eliminated the mostContinue reading “Decision”