Currently I work by myself in a shop equipped with classic machinery and a CNC router, using computer programs for design, shop drawings and programming the router. Hand and machine processes are balanced to combine efficiency and flexibility.

 In the main machine room

In the main machine room

I have access to great materials from local forests with two sizeable hardwood outlets nearby as well as relying on my son Miles to log and mill timber from our own land. Direct access to material from local forests allows for the use of lumber from clients’ land as well as “domestic exotics” such as burls, crotch cuts, quartersawn lumber and stock from species not often used commercially.  I operate a small solar kiln and run our house and shop on site-generated solar electricity.

 Miles cutting into a black cherry log

Miles cutting into a black cherry log

I like to use solid wood for its durability, varying character and suitability for shaping and surface texturing. Veneer has its place as well as it allows many effects not possible with solid wood. Some designs are made using thicker shop-sawn veneer which, while more laborious, combines enhanced toughness and ability to tool the surface with the stability of thin commercial sliced veneer. Other materials used include natural shell (mother of pearl, abalone) for inlays, leather for seating and desktops, metal for structural parts and other man-made materials like plywood and plastics for both structural and decorative applications.

 Spalted sugar maple from a blowdown

Spalted sugar maple from a blowdown

Finishes

I often use shellac and hand-rubbed oil finishes for low luster, easily repairable finishes, or spray waterborneclear coatings for a harder and more durable result. For larger projects or clients who want the most durable solvent-based catalyzed finishes I use a highly capable professional finishing specialist in the area.

 Black and white mother of pearl and abalone rosette in a Spanish cedar door

Black and white mother of pearl and abalone rosette in a Spanish cedar door