Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co. is exhibiting some of our work at North Yoga in Squamish. Feel free to drop into their studio or one of their yoga classes and take a peak at some work from various local artists. Its honour to be sharing space alongside a handful of other creative individuals.
We are happy have exhibited a few furnishings at the Squamish adventure centre, an opportunity through membership with Squamish Visuals.
It was nice to share some work with the community and am grateful that someone opted to purchase a Spalted Maple Bookend set fused to concrete.
It was a pleasure to collaborate with Joe and Ruth on the Garden Tour event. I was honoured to share my furniture and art work with them and the participants that took the time to explore the different gardens around town. I want to thank my dear friend Kate for her time in assisting me and representing my work for the most part of the day while I was preoccupied.
I was so pleased to hear when Joe convinced her go back to her place and grab one of her pieces of wood art she made to showcase it along side our work. She burns wood and has created an amazing engraved Arbutus tree.
Ruth and Joe’s garden is filled with beautiful flowers and an assortment of sculptures, and pieces of art.
Reclaimed Fir Set BY RECLAIMED DESIGNS.
Dinning Table, Coffee Table and Bench, Laminated Fir Glue with Carbonized edge
Bench:80” Long x 15.5” depth
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Coffee Table: 47.5” x25.5”
Dinning Table: 84” x 41”
The dinning table is due for its final sanding and the set is about ready for its finishing.
Interested buyers, feel free to drop us a line.
Monster Children featured Chad Muska on their “Table Talk” video series. They have been profiling some very iconic skateboarders. In this episode they take a look at Muska’s recent movement into the art field and how he has transferred his skateboard influence into his art which combines cement, resin steel and wood.
It’s inspiring to see another skater taking his passion and putting it into similar materials.
I can relate when he says:
“Time is the greatest gift you can give… Just hope they appreciate it.”
Noun: A sheltered nook between woods and hills Architecture : A concave surface or moulding.
Mike Hager has been an influential part of the concrete aspect of Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co. Read on below for info on the Slashiter Cove Project and how Mike Hager took an innovative approach to working with pool block to build the Slashiter Cove Skateboard bowl.
Working with concrete requires patience and lots of trial and error. Mike has been at it for decades and is still progressing. Rubenovitch Furnishings takes pride in working concrete into our furnishings and look forward to continue to progress in innovative and creative ways in the future.
In Squamish BC, our community has bonded together to create an amazing DIY skateboard bowl under the Quest University bridge. Mike Hager and Mike Quesnel are the two main pillars behind this project. Hager has lead charge with design and building while Quesnel has taken a more organizational/management role. They make a great team and I’d like to thank them for their grand contribution to our community. Read on below for part #1 of interview with Hager, Part 2 to follow with Quesnel.
Q + A with Hager
1)—Give me a little background on the Slashiter Cove Project?
—Many years ago a few of the boys went and dug out a little halfpipe to start a DIY that they could skate in the rain. Then 2 1/2 years ago Mike Q from Stuntwood and I went up there and decided lets make a pool, we have the room and we can design some thing to fit. So with the amount of room we had we designed a footprint.
2)—How has the project treated you?
—Its been tough, limited supplies, materials, tools, labour. I have almost had to go back in time with how I was forming and do things the way we used to do 5-6 years ago, very cave men like compared to how its done today. But at the same time very challenging to see what could be accomplished without all the things you take for granted when building for a city or town.
3)-What is it like compared to other DIY style projects?
-Like all DIY it’s a huge undertaking of skaters coming together to make it happen. There are a lot great DIY out there that have been years in the making and are still being added to, I think Slashiter Cove is a good use of the space we had to work with.
4)—Tell me a little about the inspiration for the design and approach to making Slashiter Cove?
—Well I have been building parks for over 15 years and its basically the same every time every bowl or pool has flat level colping, except for an extension or pocket so I just thought of all the things I wanted to do in parks I was paid to build and said “Im making the rules on this one”. I wanted to have many elevations changes, something that had flow and no dead ends.
5) —Talk to me about some of the construction challenges: weather, location, helping hands. What has been involved in the project?
—At first it was tough, everything, concrete, water, wood all had to be brought in by buckets and man power. We were lucky to have help from companies to move concrete and dirt, but its difficult because of its location. The concrete was tough, most of it was poured in undesirable conditions so I would go back the next day to get a proper finish. We had to deal with a lot of issues but we worked around it, like all construction and made it happen.
6-Can you talk to me about your approach to building some of the corers (oververt). How did you decide and manipulate the pool block to make that work?
—I started making pool block for the project, but once I decided to have all the elevation changes Dave Price and I were talking after the first pour and we were like,
“Why not bend the molds and block to contour the elevation changes instead of having to make numerous cuts to poolblock…”
So I tried shaping the molds to accommodate the unorthodox shape of the lip , it worked.
Editors note. Mike makes his own pool block using a 2 part urethane mold he has made. He has been pouring blocks using his own mold for for the last 2+ years for ramps around BC such as Squamish park and Six Side.
Then I saw pics of others using pool block vertically and that gave me another idea.
“I could stand block up vertically , and give it radius and thats how the over vert blocks were created …”
and eventually it influenced the overall shape of the pool.
7— How does it feel to be finally skating this baby? Or what is it like watching others enjoy the fruits of your labour?
— Its scary, its tight, its quick, Im afraid, ahahah… Watching people skate what I’ve built is always amazing. Wether its the older skater like me, or the younger ones, I can tell how stoked they are and thats a great reward. This one is extra special because its in my backyard basically, its for my friends and their kids, skateboarders and future generations.
8-Provide me with some info on the build , how many pours, how much concrete, or how many hrs, $’s, labour etc…
The Skateboarders Mason Association is a non profit organization so we don’t have money. At first I was using my own money to buy materials to make pool block and buy wood for forming. Mike Q has done a great job of getting funds and donations to help with the build. I’d guess about 20 pours at the park totalling about 25 cubic yards mixed on site. Around 20 pool block pours at home, . I myself have put in over 2500 hrs (over the last 3 years -ie side note. Mike works 6 months seasonaly building skateparks overseas with Beaver Concrete and has been spending the other 6 months volunteering at the Cove, aka Hagerside. ) and others a few hundred easy. I’d guess about over $100,000K but with so much volunteer hrs/ time it could be closer to $150,000.
9—Any other notes,
—Lets Police it ourselves, Respect it and the neighbours, So many Thanks!
(ask Mike Q.)
Squamish Counil, Dave Price from Concrete North, Ted Tempany of Dream Wizards, Danny Hagge from Vancouver Urban Timberworks, Brett Black Tusk Cranes, Brad Hawker, Florin Bosnea engineer, Steven Fofonoff Geo Tech, Mark Simone buildshelter.com, New Era Plumbing, Matt Simmons, Deluxe Distribution, Brian Forbes, Jean Snow, Oli Gagnon, Paul Bussey from Ashlu Mechanical, Luke Kass, Vans , Renee Renee, Mikey Rencz, The neighbourhood, All the volunteers who donated $ and lent a hand to help make it possible.
I really have to thank Mike Q for dealing with the bureaucracy I had no time for. He worked with the municipality, took care of all the public relations for this project and banded everyone in a positive way to help this get built, keeping in contact with the engineer and municipality. Mike Q. allowed me to focus and kept me troweling away under the bridge building while he dealt with the insurance, permits, and naysayers.
Tim and I had a great time at the Lab Art Show on the 16th of April. Our first show is in the can. It was nice to share some of our recent work, and have something to work towards. We were unable to hang our work on the walls so we ended up building our own booth. It was a bit more work than expected but was a great asset to be able to showcase our work with a 360° booth. My friend Kimmy hooked the barn wood along with an off cut of finished birch ply and I decided it would work well to inlay a piece of concrete to complete one panel. We made the cross walls out of old waterski, snowboard plys I got from an old furniture maker and friends. A huge thank you to Tim Reid Timber Framing & Furniture and everyone who helped make the event, booth and furnishings come together.
I had a blast talking to everyone who came by the booth. It was interesting to share and talk about the characters in wood and share with everyone what makes our products so unique. I literally just about lost my voice. It was great to hear such positive feedback, all your guys support builds drive inside me.
Thank you to everyone who donated or liked the page on Facebook (Please like if you haven’t already). Congrats to Jillian, our coffee table winner is ecstatic about winning the coffee table draw. More to come on that shortly.
I been collaborating with Tim Reid lately and slowly working away at producing a variety of furniture and furnishings for The Lab Art Show in April. Below is a Maple coffee table we collaborated on. Tim has an amazing collection of wood and I was really excited when I had the chance to rummage and select a handful of pieces to work with. As soon as I saw the top I knew I wanted to turn it into a coffee table. With some similar off cuts laying around I felt we had the perfect materials to make this coffee table work. For the legs I found 2 pieces that each had a hole in them, and wanted to see to incorporate them. Stability was a concern but after numerous changes it all came together. The top is highly figured, birdseye, spalted maple. The top was ripped to a slender 1″ thick and features a natural tray made out of the shape of the wood with combination of cut, while the legs both have so much character. A finish is still needed and sure will bring out all its amazing charachter.
I have been busy grinding working away on a handful of projects Im eager to share….
One of which is an event, Rubenovitch Furnishings will be participating in the Lab Art Show on April 16th, at the Roundhouse in Yaletown Vancouver. The Lab Art Show is a multidisciplinary art showcase event that will be featuring different artists form various mediums.
“An event where artists have the opportunity to express their talent, network and share their passion.
Our goal is to collaborate various styles of art, to break down the perceived barriers of the art world, and to give people the opportunity to experience and collect art in an inviting atmosphere.
Lab Art Show features up to 150 artists and designers from up to 12 countries during which a full roster of performance art, and world entertainment unravels.
Witness the collaboration and cohesion of short films, live music, a live body painting exhibit, audiovisuals, paintings, sculptures, acting, contemporary dance, animation, a fashion show and more!”