Steam Bending Oak Wood Table by Mike Jarvi

By Bill Esler | Posted: 11/24/2012 12:00AM

 

Mike Jarvi saws, planes, chisels, steam bends, bolts and glues his way to producing his signature wood Jarvi bench from logs.

Jarvi is known as a steam bender and as the inventor of the one-piece table and bench. Born in 1952 in the upper peninsula of Michigan, he was known and worked as a residential framer and log cabin builder. Mike’s one-piece concept was conceived while working on the property of Crab Tree Farm, a complete working farm and historical collection of decorative arts and crafts located on the shores of Lake Michigan.

In 1998 the owner of Crab Tree recognized Jarvi had a certain flair for woodwork and suggested a two-year course at Parnham, the John Makepiece School of Woodworking in Beaminster, England. Returning from this pivotal time, Jarvi set up Crabtree woodshop and Jarvi Furniture – a place where ideas seem to form in a friendly atmosphere, design is recognized as a team sport and work continues in the “Spirit of Steam.” - Source: craftcreativitydesign.org

 

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Bill Esler, Associate Publisher/ Editor in Chief, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for editing Custom Woodworking Business and coordinating content for Wood Products , CLOSETS , WoodworkingNetwork.com, and related newsletters. Bill’s expertise includes using innovative print manufacturing techniques to grow audience engagement, digital printing, purls, QR codes; and lead-generating webcasts, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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Paul Kinsey    
College of the Redwoods  |  December, 08, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Mike has found his own center of the universe in the U.P. This video even smells good. Thanks for sharing this.

 

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