I am a woodworker and visual artist, creating unique, one of a kind, hand-built wood furniture using local trees as material, which I mill or split and season. My furniture is very connected to the qualities and characteristics of the wood I use. The wood- its grain, color, density, and structural attributes, is an integral part of the design that other design elements must integrate with.
In my teenage years, I apprenticed with a woodworker who taught me the craft of green woodworking. In this apprenticeship, I created Appalachian/Shaker influenced ladder-back chairs from trees that I chose, felled, split, rived, and shaved. This experience taught me to value the process of working responsively and intuitively with the material when creating my furniture. I also developed a connection to trees and woodlands, and an understanding of wood’s uniqueness as a material.
I have been influenced by the writings of artists/furniture makers: George Nakashima and James Krenov in how they think about their materials and their approach to making. I value a process that has an ongoing responsiveness of the design to the materials at hand. Drawings and sketches only inspire general concepts and forms, or illustrate specific joinery; but do not predetermine the piece.
My furniture is a hybrid of traditional craft, local sourcing and contemporary design. The trees for my furniture come from friends’ and neighbors’ properties. They are usually trees that have fallen naturally or are taken down for safety reasons. I split the logs with the wedges and a sledge, the wood is rived into smaller blanks with a froe; or milled dimensionally with a small chainsaw mill. In addition to emphasizing the qualities of wood and hand-made craft, I hope that my pieces respond to contemporary living in their simplicity and in connecting the user to the trees themselves.