The long and winding road….

Below are just a few tantalizing pictures from the Wilson/Condon project for the real deal please follow us to – and click on the gallery named Somerville. This is the type of project and the type of clients that keeps us building custom homes.

When we build, let us think that we build forever.
Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.
Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for;
and let us think, as we lay stone on stone,
that a time is to come when those stones will be held
sacred because our hands have touched them,
and that men will say, as they look upon
the labor and wrought substance of them,
“See! This our father did for us.”

—John Ruskin

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It’s all in the details…………………..

Our Wilson-Condon project is rounding the last bend on the track with one more lap to go until the finish line. As always the last lap will be a sprint……………………………………………

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Keep On Keeping On……..

Tile layers at work……..

I could spend several pages talking about why laying tile on a mud set is better than hardi backer. How it’s become a lost art like so many others in our trade that have been tossed aside for a faster cheaper method. Learning how to properly do a mud set is a learned craft and like anything else takes time, experience and most of all an internal need to do things the right way or not at all. I fully expect to in 20 years it will be difficult to find anyone who even knows what a true mud set is much less be able to install one. There are still a few of us holding onto the right way of doing things. check link below for more boring info.

Kitchen granite installed:

The texture of this granite almost has a leather feel.


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You say you want a revolution well you know

This site will soon be leaving to join a master site in which the Condon/Wilson project will continue but under its own sub category. The site will be set up so that eventually all of Artisan Builders projects can be accessed through their own individual sub categories on one master site. Which will give me the opportunity to showcase some of the furniture I am building along with other interest. My hope is that the master site will make it easier for me to maintain as well as broaden the interest in all of the interesting projects built by . So keep tuned the wheels are in motion………………

SHOP: mesquite bench and two side tables

Bench made with mortise and through tennon

The tenon itself was diagonally cut all the way through and then a walnut spline that was slightly tapered was cut to spread the tenon tight to the mortise and also aids in it looking bad ass. Legs have a slight taper

Side table with some epoxy in the larger of the holes

P.S: FIGHT STUPIDIZATION : to join the fight or find out more

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Miniature Donkeys in the mist…..

A rare glimpse at the miniature jackass in the wild. Spotted off rehburg road just a few miles from the job,picture taken from the safety of my truck.

I had to make several trips to the job today and each time this “dude” was here in the road with a kind of “you looking at me” attitude. “What you never seen a miniature Fuk*** Donkey before”. I can dig that kind of attitude. Some day I might tell you the story of my childhood donkey but not today.




Pipe has been concreted in place at well head. Pump and pressure tanks to go…..

Drilling rig

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This Man’s Pomposity Knows No Bounds

While the Wilson/Condon project is going through the finishing process and is currently getting painted it has not been necessary to have as many post as during other processes that go quicker and where progression is more easily seen. So that got me thinking…………

From the inception of this site it has been a completely non profit organization created solely to update and chronicle the project not only for the owners but also ourselves and maybe add some interest to others .  A job that I have enjoyed immensely during the past year, and in order to help with the funding for said project, it has come to my attention that I should offer paid advertisement slots in which, I don’t know lets just say “furniture builders” a place to showcase their product, and lo and behold I came across my first customer. Me, although I don’t pay well I have made a deal with the webmaster, I am going to pay myself in installments.

Below: Sycamore table made from a tree we had to cut down in order to get power to the house in which it now resides. Figured sycamore dovetails were inlaid into the top (8) of them in total. Installed on top of an iron trestle base.

Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality. Ruskin, John

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Black + White = Gray

A gray wash was chosen for all of the ceilings it looks smashing…


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

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