Fine furniture work demands solid construction and joinery combined with knowledge of the design "language" of particular styles. I have worked across a range of furniture from stools and chairs to entire kitchen suites. I like the exposed joinery of Arts and Crafts, the refined look of Greene and Greene, and the sleek lines of Mid-Century. I can make any of these or work with you to develop a custom piece for that "special" place in your home. I can also re-purpose or adapt pieces that you may have so they can be appreciated in new ways. Get in touch through the contact page if you have a project you would like to discuss.
Walnut and maple. The side sections include hanging stemware storage. The center section folds down to offer a serving tray. The splayed legs include brass pins to secure and accent the joinery. This piece was designed specifically to fit this space in the home and complement the style of existing furniture.
American Empire Library Table
An original piece in the Empire style with scroll feet, turned classical columns, and decorative motifs to complement the architectural space of its setting (DAR Headquarters, Washington DC).
American Empire Display Table
This piece is a companion to the Library Table shown above, with a hinged glass top to display items resting on the black felted interior. Custom-carved sunflowers.
Celtic Kneeling Bench
This kneeling bench, carved from white oak, was built for a private chapel. The incised lettering was highlighted with gold. Each leg has an original spiraling Tree of Life design. The cross bar is inscribed, “In the Beginning was the Word …” with each side capped with a dragon knot.
Morris chair and ottoman
This is the classic Stickley Morris design #369 slant-arm with matching ottoman. The back features steam bent slats and a 4-position manual recliner. The legs are quadrilinear boxed to show the quartersawn figure on all sides.
Coffee table, English Arts and Crafts
This oak coffee table is inspired by the Barnsley "hay-rake" design. Made from reclaimed white oak salvaged from shipping pallets. It includes a center drawer with a hand-forged iron drawer pull.
Quartersawn white oak, corbels, through tenons. Unlike many mission-style rockers however this design has a seat that tapers from front to back for a greater sense of "settling in" when you sit.
Bungalow-style kitchen suite
An entire kitchen suite including custom cherry cabinetry, a built-in china cabinet/buffet, a large island, a breakfast nook with a quartersawn white oak trestle table.
Breakfast Nook and Trestle Table
Bungalow style nook built into an old pantry space. The trestle table is made from white oak, custom fit to the space. The benches have hinged seats for storage space below.
Massive oak columns and corbels with a frame-and-panel frieze.
This is a restoration of an antique barn find. Restoration involved adding the slat ends, cross brace, and inlay accents. The top was replaced with a new quartersawn oak panel and the entire piece refinished in a light oak finish.
Boxes are fascinating. Because of the size you can afford to employ exotic materials or execute intricate designs that would be impossible on larger furniture works. Boxes are a "6-inch" project--detail and precision are critical since viewers will be up close and personal. From a functional perspective, boxes offer a wide variety of options (lids, corners, feet, drawers, doors, and hardware) that can be combined in endless forms. Tell me what you want to put in a box and I can develop a custom design for you.
A highly detailed carved box with a lion motif. The feet are set off with light wooden claws. There is a lion profile on the lid. Cherry.
Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet
Classic 18th-century design with 9 drawers (2 secret drawers). This particular example is done in cherry, walnut, maple, and yellow poplar. The door is decorated with an oak leaf chip-carved pattern.
Walnut recipe box with box-joint corners. The marquetry design on the lid is a heart enclosing crossed rolling pin and spoon. The ribbon reads, "Coquere Amare"--to cook is to love.
Inspired by Asian design themes like the "moon" handle and the beam feet that call to mind Japanese woodworking styles. The box is sassafras with an inset lid of exotic hardwood.
A simple jewelry box with a pinned lid (no hinges) and a sleek rounded, mid-century design. The top is highly figured curly maple, the ends are black walnut.
A long, low box that tapers up to the top. Made of domestic hardwoods (walnut and sycamore). Includes a tray for two-level storage.
Classic jewelry box in hickory with walnut trim. The interior is a rich burgundy flocking. Box joint corners, standing up on a mitered base.
A unique twist on a jewelry box. The split walnut lid pivots to either side to provide access to the interior trays. The body is lacewood with walnut corner splines, a motif echoed on the lid in contrasting colors.
The lid of this small box catches your eye--a striking piece of birdseye maple that is softly rounded, begging to be touched. The body is walnut with box joint corners. No tray.
This box includes 5 drawers plus a secret compartment. The wings are designed for necklaces, the lid has a mirror on the inside. This particular version included a custom marquetry design of cherry blossoms with the owner’s initials on top. Walnut and maple
Loosely inspired by oriental design themes—lacquerware and Shinto temple gateways. The box is quartersawn sycamore with ebonized walnut accents. Includes a sliding tray with a “yin-yang” design.
Classic Appalachian design. Hedge legs are wedge tenoned into a beautiful slab of catalpa. This one is a "memory" bench with date and place woodburned into the endgrain.
Log cross-sections evenly sliced and sanded. This one is branded with the date and wedding monogram. Each is finished with at least four coats of food-safe beeswax and can be used for a cheese plate or cutting board.
Crafted as a groom's cake stand, this cake/dessert display combines a large black locust center section with floating osage orange accent plates.
Rustic lodge-style bedframe
This queen-size bedframe is constructed from oak and hickory character pieces. A combination of round tenon and bolted joints makes a solid structure.
Wedding Cake Platter
Classic marquetry design using a Claddaugh. Mahogany, maple, and walnut.
Heart of Africa
This small walnut box is decorated with zebrawood veneer. The top is a burl walnut field bordered by zebrawood and ebony. An antler handle stands off on brass studs.
This design came from a sketch of a client’s favorite tattoo. Executed in 5 different woods. The petals are maple, stained coral pink and sand-shaded.
Recipe box lid
Sand-shaded, with wood-burned motto "To cook is to love." Walnut, maple, and mahogany.