Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sylvia Buccatti reviews Thomas Murphy's "The Window Box Bench"

“The Window Box Bench”- Artistic Review

Thomas Murphy has done it again! With this simple design of a bench seat he proves that large scale engineering principals and designs when scaled down to smaller proportions embody both the same economy of material with the emphasis on strength of structure.

But what he adds to this bench is the artistic elements of beauty made into form. Stout legs to this bench bear a resemblance to elevated highway support structures, although he changes the whole tone of the piece with the augmentation of a color that reflects a surreal feeling of “Spring Green” to the artistic aficionado.

He is drawing a most noteworthy contrast to the Reddish Wood bench seat top, in effect he makes a statement, “Our old growth natural Redwoods should be cherished and supported with the most solid structures we are capable of…a creation of form that offers new hope of complement to them.”

He titled this one, “The Window Box Bench” and with love and admiration I see why~

Sylvia Buccatti

About the Author,

Sylvia Buccatti was educated and trained in Renaissance arts and literature in Florence and has recently moved to the United States.

Friday, March 12, 2010


The blended religious motifs that are incorporated into the theme of this table include a cross for Catholicism. The center an Asian symbolism of balance. The four orbiting “sparks” signify or represent the ideal confluence of goodness the power of which radiates atomically through time and space. I got an A in Art History in college and I’m good at gobbledygook.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


The little boats are made from scrap wood from other projects. I made four of them and gave one to the daughter of a neighbor who is sick.
As for the table, the legs are stained green and angled up like an oil rig. Those circles are made from green marble and were cut out by hand from a 3/8" x 12" x 12" square that I bought from the Habitat for Humanity resale store for 69 cents. When I made this table I was trying to symbolize the new standard of green energy cars to come. The green circles representing engine cylinders. But now I see them more as little lakes with the boats on them. It sits in our living room by the window. The boats I often think of as the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina or Mayflower or whatever. If you like the table stay tuned as I plan to post pictures of other tables that I have made. One is like this one but has kind of a church symbol inset in it. The other is a coffee table with and laminated X Wing Pattern. There is a bar table with daisy petal legs, a coffee table made from the wood of my fathers old desktop that was cracked and another table with Turkey feathers inlaid as well as a checkerboard. Plus countless others to list all at once.
Most of the wood I use is "secondhand". It must be cleaned carefully and thoroughly with reference to modular utility once it is cut to size. Once you try it I am sure that you will find re purposing wood as rewarding as I do.
Thomas Murphy


X-Wing Coffee Table
This coffee table has a laminated through to surfaces X-Wing pattern which contrasts the silliness of its well groomed poodle like feet to today’s technological aspirations. The contrast created here is also a parody of our science and culture.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


This bar table is meant to incorporate a dynamism motif experienced when friends meet for drinks.
I initially made the round circle for a boxing speed bag platform but repurposed it with a square spindle cog center.
It embodies a uniquely lathed spindle pedestal post and daisy propeller with Green Bay Packer themed footings.
This was one of my favorite designs.