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have been designing and creating finely crafted one-of-a-kind
furniture for eight years now. Throughout that time, my work
has evolved as my skills have grown. I plan on that evolution
to continue for it is crucial to longevity.
aesthetic is an amalgam of many influences working at once.
For furniture, function is paramount. Chairs are to be sat
in, tables to be sat at, beds to provide pleasant dreams for
generations. Balanced with function is form. It is important
that each piece stands proud on its own unique qualities and,
in some regard, is an expression of me as creator. The long
history and deep tradition of the craft certainly cannot be
ignored either. Integrating traditional joinery, sensible
design concepts, and a modest respect for one's materials
are all ways to convey that link to history. Those lessons,
combined with innovation and inspiration, provide a solid
foundation for creating new and distinct works of art.
often comes from the work of some of the Masters. The furniture
of George Nakashima and his use of uniquely sawn, live-edge
wood; Sam Maloof's inclination to the curved surface; Frank
Lloyd Wright's eye for balance and overhang; the Shaker tradition
of hard work and simple lines have all, one way or another,
left their marks on my work.
my growth in the furniture trade has come from hands-on experience.
In 1992, I received a BA from the University of Vermont as
a studio art major, focusing in three-dimensional design.
From there I stepped more or less directly into a wood shop
in Burlington where I worked for 5 years as a custom designer
and builder in a two-person shop. I now work out of my own
studio where I continue my education and evolution through
both the day-to-day running of a business and the endless
possibilities of creation.