“How many blocks did you say?!” My face must have shown my surprise as Charlie chuckled at me, staring down on custom wall panels in our fine woodworking shop. At this point they were ready for shipping, so while not fully assembled, the undulating wave of dimensional blocks of colors was none the less impressive. 4000 (yes, 4000) at 5 varying heights was the answer. In all—12 different colors, each expertly applied and finished by Hans in his otherworldly looking finishing room.
Poplar, Maple, and Douglas fir were used for this “Pixel Wall” art project. Completed, it is 7’ tall by 18’ spanning behind a reception counter in a newly built apartment complex in New Jersey. Balongue Design brought our team this project, including the specific colors but no specific pattern. That was up to the creativity of NEWwoodworks. We love when they have creative freedom!
Charlie then suggested I turn around. Behind us were more panels, these with long slats of varying depths and only (only!) 7 different colors. Feature walls for the same NJ project common areas. Geoff later told me it was a quick install that was “really cool”. (He gets cred for the in-situ photos.)
A feature wall of wooden pixels. I never guessed that’s what I’d be checking out in the shop, but like Geoff said, they were really cool. What’s next up in our world of fine woodworking? I can’t wait to see!