Having passed through many design phases and completing hundreds of pieces, I have mastered a high level of skill in conceptualizing and solving design problems.
My early work drew from arts and crafts, Japanese, Danish and Art Nouveau influences. I feel fortunate having studied furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design under the talented Danish master and teacher, the late Tage Frid. He taught me to design with practicality, build with integrity and work with efficiency, but most importantly, not to compromise beauty.
Today I look at my work as functional sculpture, where nature can be a strong influence. Interplay between curved and straight lines and negative and positive spaces are frequently incorporated. I like to engage people's senses while they interact with my furniture.
The inside of a jewelry cabinet may be built with Spanish cedar for its wonderful aroma, the edge of a table top, or the surface of a pull carved to engage the sense of touch. Exposed dovetails or wedged tenons can be applied to create rhythm and to educate one on how a piece of furniture is constructed. A beautiful highly figured or colorful board can be enough to carry success into a commission, which, having been designed with simplicity, allows the reverence of the wood to speak on its own without distraction.
After 30 years of interpreting customer needs I have refined the design and construction process to be accurate, efficient, and economical.
I draw from traditional joinery techniques when practical. My end goal is to create quality craftsmanship in unique and beautiful ways. My furniture and cabinetry will endure for proud and satisfied customers to pass on to their children and grandchildren.