Evening and weekend woodworking classes at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Woodworking, especially one-of-a-kind furniture making, represents a rare combination of the technical skills necessary to work with wood, and the ideals of grace and beauty. I studied furniture making at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in northern California, a program synonymous with the highest level of craftsmanship in wood and great attention to detail. There, under the instruction of master cabinetmaker James Krenov, I developed an extensive background in traditional cabinetmaking techniques and hand skills. I’ve now worked as a furniture craftsman for many years, making highly crafted, one-of-a-kind furniture.
I draw inspiration from the quiet sense of balance in Asian art as well as the work of some of the great designer/makers of the past like Edward Barnsley, Wharton Esherick and my teacher, Jim Krenov. The graceful lines and movement seen in nature also capture my attention and play an important role in my design process. Making objects that will be used by people for generations to come is both inspiring and a responsibility, a link with cabinetmakers of long-ago who simply did their best. I enjoy the challenge of a complicated design, the uncertainty that goes along with this type of work and how completely involved I have to be.
Striving to work at this level of refinement over many years has helped me firmly establish ideas about grace and beauty, and to develop honest values about fine craft. Above all, my goal is to create works that are aesthetically pleasing, while adhering to my artistic values, my attention to detail, and my sense of quality.