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Sculptor making studio furniture with an emphasis on sculptural form governed by usable function. I work primarily in fabricated metals and use a number of different finishes, but occasionally use glass,stone, and wood for table tops and seating surfaces. Strong minimal form serving function is important in my creations.
I am a self taught woodworker with a deep respect for the furniture craftsmen of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their knowledge of form, balance, joinery and wood movement is evident in the pieces of fine furniture that still exist today. The clean lines of the Shaker form inspires my designs, creating pieces with a modern flare and sized proportionally for todays needs. I use only solid hardwoods throughout each piece, always reading each board's grain pattern and figure to determine its best use in creating an attractive and functional piece of quality furniture. Pegged mortise and tenon as well as dovetail joinery is applied to every piece for a sturdiness that will allow it to last for generations to come. Every piece is individually made by me and is signed and dated.
I make traditional bent willow and applied bark furniture in the style of the upper Great Lakes. My furniture and the process by which I gather my materials are environmentally friendly. Willow grows back when it is cut, many of my cuttings are the third and fourth generations of the same plant. I collect Birch bark from dead Birch trees in the woods. The Maple saplings are harvested from the air drains of Cherry orchards and grow back over time. I also use over-planted Christmas trees from Christmas tree plantations. I believe that chairs should be comfortable, part of the aesthetic of the chair is how it feels when you sit in it. My aesthetic influences range from Art Nouveau to the Odawa tribe of the upper Great Lakes. I have an aversion to mass production. I am always exploring the boundaries of the natural materials I use, making each piece slightly different than everything else I've done before.