Building hand-crafted furniture in the 21st century requires an ideal vision and a resolve to make things in the finest way possible.
I enjoy the relationship wood furniture has with my life. How it sounds when used, the way light plays with its lines and gentle curves, its ability to bring comfort and belonging. I pursue the idea that the objects we use daily should benefit us towards our needs and hold a quiet beauty within our home. Building furniture that I would like to have myself is a natural way to design. Designing in this way nurtures an intimacy and a personal investment into the quality and integrity of the furniture I make. Qualities that I, too, want in my home. Being a designer/maker and handling the material each day brings forth furniture with a sensual nature that invites one to touch and feel the things they live with. Woodworking in this way is a constant search for ways in which the integrity of time honouring methods of craftsmanship must endure alongside the natural beauty of the wood.
Craft is a tradition handed down through word and deed to keep the ever expanding creativity of the world in play. There are traditional methods of furniture making that time has shown to be honourable and true. Those methods remain the foundation of my work. The strength offered in this approach is much like the strength of a trees trunk to support the imaginative outgrowth of the branches allowing my work to express new beauty with integrity.
I combine traditional methods of joinery, contemporary design and a fit and finish completed with hand tools, to produce a piece of furniture that is worthy of fine craft and time honouring craftsmanship.
Quality of materials is of the utmost importance. I have chosen to stand by the use of hardwood exclusively. I do not use veneer, particle board, or any other substrate. To know the material you see at the surface is the material through and through, to me, is part of the integrity within my furniture. I like that integrity. I like the fact that these pieces are built for use, the kind of hard use that daily life extols! I spend time studying and selecting each board, observing grain patterns for harmony and considering how to remove or enhance imperfections.
All of my furniture has several coats of tung oil, hand rubbed in and burnished to a high sheen. I apply this sequence in 5-7 coats for each piece, creating a lustrous and beautiful glow bringing forth the woods natural colouring and characteristics. Furniture that has been oiled displays the deepest and richest colouring the wood has to offer. Oil finishes allow for hard use, with ease of maintenance, and allows a patina to develop over the years. Patina is a sheen on wooden furniture due to age and polishing. This patina has come from a hardening of the surface through daily use and is beautiful in its maturity.
~Commemorating the Changing of Hands~
I sign my pieces to acknowledge the beauty of work and approve of the integrity and finish with which the piece will leave my hands.
All Pieces are Signed and Dated.