News Next Up: The Dogon Platform Bed
The next Guild project will begin approximately mid-November, and it will be something very different than we’re used to. If you recall, one of the most substantial changes to the Guild structure recently opened the door to various types of video series, including traditional Guild Builds, Limited Tools Projects, and Advanced Projects. The Dogon Platform Bed falls firmly into the Advanced category. You can see a very basic SketchUp representation of what this project will look like. It will feature bubinga as the primary wood with a frame and panel headboard made of African Blackwood, assuming we can find enough of it.
You might be surprised to know that “Advanced” doesn’t necessarily mean “more difficult.” I will be presenting this project with the expectation that you already know some woodworking basics. We won’t spend nearly as much time on basic joinery, milling procedures, and tooling alternatives. Instead, we’ll focus strongly on things like design, board selection, grain matching, advanced joinery options, efficiency, and client management (when appropriate). For instance, this bed project will be presented to you BEFORE the final design is decided upon. I’ll provide you with my initial sketches and notes with the intention of taking you on the journey from concept to final piece. So unlike a Guild Build where you are given the final plan on day 1, the Advanced series will start with a concept and eventually build up to a final plan. This will be an incredible learning experience for beginners and experienced woodworkers alike.
This bed is being made for a special client of mine. We discussed his inspiration for the piece and it all comes from his appreciation for the Dogon people of Africa. I honestly don’t know the full story just yet but I will get back to you with any relevant details on how this particular ethnic group relates to the bed, and the rest of the bedroom furniture I plan on building for this client.
I am really looking forward to this project and I hope you enjoy it too!