No other material is as deeply embedded in the history, culture and life of humans worldwide as wood, yet every single piece of wood is unique. I work exclusively in solid woods, unless otherwise required by the client or where the use of solid is impossible or the cost is exorbitant, such as when working with poplar burl or when doing painted Shaker pieces.
There is a distinct tactile and visceral pleasure in designing and building furniture that goes beyond the pleasure I used to derive from designing and implementing complex software projects in my previous career. There the entire work process revolved around abstract notions and great pace. Now the permanence, the measuring, the careful diligence required at each step provides enormous reward in creating something people can touch and use for a very long time. Turning rough pieces of wood into fine furniture is slow work, but all the more rewarding for that.
Virtually all my work is done on a commission basis, apart from some pieces for the gallery. I work closely with clients to design furniture that will suit their taste, home and budget. I do not get involved with kitchens, except for freestanding islands or cupboards. I also manufacture Victorian shutters for both new houses and those being restored.