Geoff McKonly Furniture

I stopped by Geoff McKonly Furniture last week to meet the owner and get a tour of his workspace. It reminded me of my grandfather’s basement workshop from many years ago.

Love the woodshop atmosphere.

Geoff does beautiful work—I got to see two projects in process, one a table he is constructing for a show at the Delaware Water Gap, and the other is a bed. The bed’s headboard has a unique feature, a beautifully curved “crack” between two boards, in a departure from his original design. He likes to bring features of the wood to the overall structure of a piece.

Headboard of bed in progress.
Headboard detail.
Geoff tapering a leg.

Geoff has been at One Cottage Street for a few years now, and before that he was designing and building boats for many years in Philadelphia. (I’m originally from the Philly area.) I noticed a lot of cleverly placed curves in his designs, and Geoff told me that comes from his time building boats.

Well-organized tools.
Geoff in his element.

He also teaches workshops at the New England School for Woodworking, including one this weekend about building an Adirondack chair. I’d highly recommend Geoff if you are looking for finely crafted custom furniture.

South Hadley Wedding

On Saturday, I was in three towns for Amy and Chris’s wedding. We started in Easthampton, MA for some quick shots at the bride’s parent’s house. Then on to All Saints Episcopal Church in South Hadley. It was packed with guests—it was standing room only, and on what felt like the only hot day in June! After some formal photos at the church, we ended up at Oak Ridge Country Club in Feeding Hills.

In the crouch

So I’m working on a montage of photographs for Valley Women’s Martial Arts’ 30th Anniversary, scanning about 200 photos. Here’s my favorite image from the batch:

The woman in red looks perfectly balanced and at ease—and yet ready to spring! And the woman in the upper right is not only a black belt, but also the poet laureate of Northampton. VWMA is an amazing dojo in Easthampton, MA. Owned and run by women, they hold classes in martial arts almost exclusively for women and girls. My nine-year-old has a yellow belt in their Powergirls class, and will soon be testing to add a blue stripe.