Finally had to make time to get some glamor shots of the Apothecary Cabinet I was working on in January.

The best part of making this was the custom pattern veneers used for the drawer fronts. Made with Redwood, and I hope it shows I worked at getting the pattern to be a cohesive whole across all the drawers. The pulls are Rosewood. The drawers are finished with Tried&True Varnish/Oil blend and wax.

The case itself is White Oak, dyed Dark Mission Brown. The grain is highlighted with Liberon Black Patina wax and then a couple coats of Paste Wax. Ended up having a nice depth of color. One of my new favorite finishing techniques.

One of my best pieces to date, adding this to the portfolio. Hopefully will help me continue to get into better art shows.



A brand new fluorescent thermochromic compound tested with liquid nitrogen.

Why is this so special? The previously synthesized compounds (HERE, HERE and HERE) usually had a fluorescence at an X wavelength and when they were chilled with liquid nitrogen or dry ice to low temperatures, they usually emitted a color with a shorter wavelength e.g.: from yellow to purple or from green to blue
But in this case, the compound shows a bright yellow fluorescence at room temperature, but when its cooled under -100 °C, the color of the emitted light changes to deep red (what means a lot longer wavelength), as seen on the gifs.

Now we should find out that why do this happens, how does the molecule changes when it’s chilled and what causes this difference in the emitted color.