I design and build furniture on the weekends and holidays as a way to express my creativity while engaging in my desire to work with a combination of technology and tools. I have always mixed the joy of designing objects, and now furniture, with the use of complex machinery. I design my furniture on a CAD programs and enjoy buying and maintaining woodworking machinery. In my Connecticut shop I am able to start the process of building hand crafted furniture by processing rough lumber and own the entire process of milling the boards to dimensioned boards square on all four side. After letting the stress work itself from the boards after the rough dimensioning, the lumber is then ready for joinery.
I am drawn to species of wood with subtle grain such as cherry, maple, and walnut. I will occasionally use a more figured wood such as curly cherry or bird's eye maple to add interest to a piece. I truly enjoy the process of selecting the right hardwood lumber for each project. Working with a great hardwood dealer, such as Kellogg Hardwood Lumber in Bethel CT, and selecting the best boards for my projects, comparing the available stock with my plans, is a real workout. Then I begin the process of milling it to rough dimensions, planning and cutting the joinery,and assembling the pieces. Applying the first coat of finish is always a joy, to see the grain of the wood come alive.