Earlier in April, Cypress Woodworks owner/founder, Alex McKenzie, and craftsman, Twigg, attended a 3-day workshop in Chicago for intensive training on new artisan concrete methods. Two of the days were focused on exterior and interior concrete cladding fabrication and installation, with the third day being a private training session to learn a bag of tricks for various other parts of our artisan concrete division at Cypress Woodworks. Thank you to Fishstone for putting on the course - we had a great time!
The publication showcased a recent kitchen project by Cypress Woodworks in its Through The Lens feature about reclaimed hardwood used for furniture and accents. The stand-alone hutch cabinet was constructed with reclaimed wood from a barn in Ohio dating back to the early 1800s. To bring out the warmth of the salvaged wood, we chose a styling color palette of red, orange, yellow, and green.
In another feature article, Cypress Woodworks's design and installation of a custom concrete vanity sink was spotlighted by Fine Homebuilding magazine. For this one, Alex McKenzie glued each shark tooth onto a sacrificial layer of plastic within a templated plywood form, with the finished side down. He arranged the teeth in a free-form circular pattern around the sink to resemble sharks circling their prey, and for the left-side backsplash, he also added a shark-fin silhouette rising up from the vanity top. This project is a great example of the types of custom, artisan concrete designs that Cypress Woodworks specializes in.
Fine Homebuilding magazine featured the repurposing of an old slate chalkboard for a kitchen project by Cypress Woodworks. The chalkboard was salvaged from a local Vermont school, and for the configuration, Cypress used reclaimed oak wood from a historic barn in Ohio.
Alex McKenzie and the crew at Cypress Woodworks volunteered their time and materials to create a custom chicken coop for Thatcher Brook Primary school, using cedar-timber roof trusses with oak pegs and hand-split red cedar shakes for the exterior.