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About Design Against the Grain

I was born and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland. (Most people know Derry from the U2 song, "Sunday Bloody Sunday"). My dream and focus growing up was to get a woodworking apprenticeship with one of the two top companies in Northern Ireland. I got into JJ Higgins' in June, 1979. My learning, discovery (and obsession) with woodwork grew from there. five years apprenticeship taught me more time was needed working beside more high caliber woodworkers. I got to fulfill that dream when I moved to America in 1987. Once in the US, I had the privilege to work with some of the finest woodworkers in the business:

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Wood table art deco style

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Hallway table, sculpted from plywood scraps

Hallway table, ...

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