Throughout my life I've had a creative drive.
I'm a musician; I've tried my hand at painting, sculpture, and drawing. For the last 15 years, wood has been my medium of choice. I use traditional techniques to create contemporary, functional pieces of art. Many woodworkers use traditional craftsmanship. Others design unique, contemporary pieces. I do both. I craft my pieces to be as much art as they are furniture. You can sit on the bench and set things on the table, but either will give you just as much satisfaction merely by being there.
It sounds simple because it is.
When you build something right, it lasts a long time. I use hand tools, classic techniques and superb, beautiful pieces of wood. Hand-cut dovetails and tenons give you strength that screws will never match. Some people scoff at the time and effort that hand tools require—routers and orbital sanders are undeniably faster than chisels and planes. But faster doesn't mean better. Machines treat every piece of wood the same. Building by hand, I feel the wood's unique character. Its grain, hardness, and tearout. To make the final piece perfect, I celebrate the subtleties and imperfections of the material. My pieces will last hundreds of years. You'll pass them on to your children, and they'll pass them on to theirs.
A tree only grows once—they don't make twins.
Every piece of wood has been on a journey that may have started over 100 years ago. Every knot, crack, worm hole, and ring tells a story. I design my pieces to be an outgrowth from that history. Instead of designing a piece and forcing the wood to fit, I start with the wood and let it guide me. I set it on a bucket, sit down, and just stare at it for a couple days. I start seeing possibilities, and then it comes. The wood tells you what to do if you know how to listen: where to put the legs, how to shape it, and where to join everything. In my work, the wood speaks for itself.