Custom Furniture

Hand crafted workmanship with quality materials to create heirloom quality furniture.

Overview

My singular goal is to provide you with quality craftsmanship that will last for generations. I am an independent wood worker with a passion for creating tomorrow’s antiques and heirlooms. The type of craftsman that more than likely designed and constructed the pieces of furniture that today we call antiques. In a world of "faster, faster, cheaper, cheaper", I find myself part of a dying breed. I know this first hand for 20 years of my past career had been that of an importer and manufacturer.

As I said, woodworking is a passion of mine, so much so that I put a second story on my garage just for my woodshop. Beyond having a passion for it though, I have a respect for it. A respect for the way furniture used to be made when craftsman used tool in hand on a piece of raw wood instead of sitting behind a computer to punch in a design code. A respect for hand picking out the perfect grain pattern from a piece of wood, out of a pile of wood, just for the right detail. These are considerations that are just not given to the furniture made in factories today... and I get, from a production purpose they just can't. But for the discerning eye that wants  character build into a piece of furniture, mass production just doesn't cut it.

As a designer, I want your input, so the process all starts with communication. Understanding the purpose, surroundings, function, or maybe the occasion for a commissioned piece of furniture is the necessary beginning for the design. Your involvement in the design phase is important, and exciting as well, and will ultimately leave your own mark on it for its lifetime.

How To Build A Piece Of Furniture

I use traditional joints to build my furniture because they continue to provide the strongest way to hold two pieces of wood together. The main joint employed in all of my furniture is the mortise and tenon. With the aid of modern adhesives it provides excellent strength. The main application for this joint is where two components meet at right angles, typically at the junction of a rail and a leg. For drawer construction I use traditional to join solid hardwood drawer components. Accurately cut dovetails are extremely strong, and when the drawer is opened, our owners enjoy seeing a perfect row of dovetails down the front edge.These of course are not the only joints use. For every situation, and every type of wood, there is a type of joint that will be better than the others... and it's all about knowing which joint to apply.The moment of truth! This is where all the effort involved in marking and tracking individual components really pays off. It is always exciting to see matched legs, panels and drawer fronts finally come together to create symmetry in the assembled piece. At this stage you can see why each piece of furniture is truly unique.

The piece of furniture is built, but far from completed. It is now time for the finish. On a practical level, finishing provides the necessary surface protection against a lifetime of daily use. On another level, finishing allows the wood to reveal its true character. My preference is to work with hand rubbed oils, for as they penetrate the wood they reveal hidden colors and accentuate beautiful grain patterns.