custom built furniture in the Shaker and Arts & Crafts design. Exquisite
hardwoods meticulously placed combined with traditional joinery yeild
one-of-a-kind family heirlooms. Since 1979. Commissions welcomed.
PO Box 242
interest in woodworking began at a very early age. I grew up on Long Island
where, after a harried week in Manhattan, my father would unwind on the
weekends by teaching me woodworking in the basement workshop.
pursuing my love of wood, I enrolled in the Industrial Arts and Design
program at Oswego State College in New York. Upon graduation I moved to
southern Vermont where I supplemented my high school teaching salary by
making and selling hand crafted, high quality furniture.
Convinced that there was an appreciation and a market for my work, I left
teaching in 1983 to pursue my dream full time.
of my modern furniture designs are inspired by Shaker, Mission and Arts
and Crafts furniture, believing that simple, functional furniture crafted
with quality materials, integrity and pride will yield a timeless piece
that will be passed down from generation to generation.
pieces are made of solid hardwoods with cherry, walnut and figured maples
being the woods of choice. I take great pride in the selection of the
wood and the time-consuming placement and matching of the grains and color.
This cumbersome task of hand selecting often allows me to use boards from
the same tree to complete a piece.
joinery is a major component... mortise & tenon, dovetails, sliding dovetails...
joinery that hasn't changed since the 19th century.
two pieces are alike. While the dimensions may be identical, the characteristics
of the wood are clearly distinguishable to the eye making each piece a
one-of-a-kind work of art. This sort of "identity" is what sets my custom
built furniture apart from all others.
work is on display at my studio/showroom in Danby as well as the three
Vermont State Craft Galleries and various art and craft shows throughout
New England. I live with my wife, Cheryl and our two children, Emily and
Matthew in Mount Tabor, Vermont where the "hands-on" testing of furniture