of my artist friends can think up great ideas during
a long walk, or maybe with a nice hot cup of tea. I
usually do best when I am deep in my work, absorbed
by the moment. For me, it’s really about trying
to reach an elevated place of thinking, where feeling
and doing become the same thing. I call it thinking
with my hands.
don’t seem to operate like too many furniture
makers I know, planning out each piece from start to
finish. I rely on the building process to bring me closer
to my ideas. I like to start with a simple sketch rather
than an elaborate drawing. Once I have a good sketch
I am usually ready to build. I like to see myself as
a translator. My job is to decipher the character and
flavor of my drawings, hoping to communicate the essence
of my marks and scribbles. I might find inspiration
from a particular quality of line, or maybe it’s
a shape or gesture. In any case, this becomes my guiding
lightas I work.
the most part, I work with wood. I say “with”
because I am interested in the shared relationship between
craftsmanship and idea, between the medium and the message.
Technical proficiency without a good idea is just as
bad as having great ideas and not knowing how to put
things together. There are so many reasons why people
make furniture. For me it is a combination: the excitement
of certainty and uncertainty. Someone once told me that
walking is a combination of falling and recovering,
falling and recovering, and so on. This is how I approach
what I do, hoping that the steps I take bring about
balance and an object of beauty, meaning, and usefulness.
31 x 37 x 14.5"