Cambium & Heartwood
I have always been a creator. Starting from when I was young, I would build and design using whatever I had around me. I continued to hone my skills as I grew older, taking courses in CAD and free-hand design. I have found that the loose nature of a sketch is where most of my ideas flourish. Sketching allows me to quickly meld my interests of history and nature, and create a one of a kind design that evolves throughout the build process. Wood is such an amazing material to work with. Being a living resource, it not surprisingly has a mind of its own, which makes working with it so much more satisfying.
In 2016 I started looking into taking my woodworking/design hobby and turning it into a full time career. Through my research I came across The Chippendale International School of Furniture located just outside Haddington, Scotland. My wife and I decided to make the journey to the school in the summer of 2017. After meeting with the school's principal and taking a tour of the school grounds, I made the decision to enroll in the 2019/2020 course. Thanks to the worldwide lockdown of 2020 the 9 month course turned into 12, extending our stay in Scotland.
Though many techniques were taught on the course, I chose to focus most of my efforts around shaping the wood. Through steam-bending, laminations, and curved form building I tried to incorporate multiple angles into all of my furniture. Allowing the wood to move the design direction makes every piece unique, giving each tree a way to continue living for generations to come. My goal is to bring the beauty of nature and history into your home, and that's what my pieces will do.