Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I'm excited to announce that my bullseyes are being featured on Ahalife today!

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Check out the feature here.

From their description:

Catch the sun with one of these mouth-blown glass bullseyes. Perfect for hanging in a window or on the wall, they add a subtle wash of color wherever you choose to place them. Though all are round, with a flat back and slightly convex front, no two are exactly alike, with slight variations in color and pattern.

mouth-blown glass bullseyes or roundels by Szal Design

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Szal Design Commission one of Trinity College's Best Kept Secrets!

One of Szal Design's art glass pieces has been featured by Bantam blogger Kathryn Van Sickle '12, as one of Trinity's best kept secrets! Read the blog post here.

Tim Szal '06 designed and built four art glass panels for the Chapel's rehearsal room during the spring semester of 2005. Working with the chaplain at the time, the Rev. Daniel R. Heischman, John Rose, College Organist and director of Chapel Music, and Patricia Tillman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Tim was able to create an Independent Study in the Studio Arts to receive credit for the project during his junior year at Trinity.

Using traditional leaded glass techniques and hand-made mouth-blown glass from Lamberts in Germany, Tim's piece "Out of the Depths" conjures images of rising up from darkness and into the light. This image is quite appropriate given the location of the windows at the base of the East end of the chapel, below the High Alter and rising up out of the hillside on Trinity's Lower Long Walk.

Trinity College Choir Rehearsal Room window design by Szal Design
Trinity College Chapel Lower East Elevation

Trinity College Chapel East Elevation

Out of the Depths art glass conceptual sketch

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to make a pergola

1. Pour foundation and attach 1 inch standoffs.

2. Receive a delivery of lumber. This pergola will use pressured-treated wood for posts, regular spruce for the bottom two horizontal layers, and a clear grade lumber (very nice, straight, no knots) for the upper horizontal layer.

3. Chamfer edges of posts. This is to remove imperfections at the edges of the posts, mostly due to edges being right at the edge of the tree they were milled from. There was even some bark on a few pieces.

To do this I marked a line a set distance from the edge to be cut and then screwed a guide (long, straight piece of wood) to the post. The circular saw can then rest against the guide while cutting a chamfer on the edge.

4. The next step will be to paint, or more likely prime the posts and the other lumber before assembly to try to reduce painting time, but this might not be possible with temperatures dropping. I'm using an oil-based primer, which should be a little better at lower temperatures.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Market

I am so excited to be a part of the Christmas Market this year at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill MA! The Market is today, December 2nd, from 10-5, and tomorrow, December 3rd, from 10-4. There will be lots of other great vendors there, not to mention complimentary drinks in the Parish Hall, which is where we will be. Come check it out!