My shop is located on a bluff above the Shepaug River in Washington Depot, in the rolling hills of Litchfield County Connecticut. I design and build furniture as a way to express my creativity while engaging in my desire to work with a mixture of machinery and hand tools. The joy of designing and building handcrafted furniture begins with sketches on paper and in CAD programs. I will often build scale or full size models to see the forms come to life. I adjust the design as needed, sometimes having a particular wood species in mind, other times letting the final form and client requests define the wood species that I will use in the piece. In my Connecticut shop I am able to start the process of building handcrafted 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 the subtle grain such as cherry, maple, and walnut and use what some would consider defects as highlights in my work, much in the style of George Nakashima. I will occasionally use a more figured wood such as curly cherry or bird's eye maple to add interest to a piece. I 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. I usually apply 6 thin hand rubbed coats to a piece to give it protection, but never to obscure the beauty of the wood grain.