To me, the perfect woodworking project fulfills both functional and aesthetically appealing. It will draw you in like a sculpture in a gallery. When you pick it up it will feel like it was made to fit your hand and you won’t want to put it down. And of course it will leave a memorable impression.
I have been designing and building fine handmade woodworking items one piece at a time since 1979. My approach to woodworking design is inspired by the clean lines and details, graceful proportions, quality craftsmanship and focus on function that is the foundation of woodworking designs. I believe that the natural beauty of the wood was all the ornamentation a piece of woodworking needed. This approach to woodworking design results in simple, graceful, well constructed product that fulfills its function and is built from beautiful lumber.
Each of my woodworking projects is designed individually and is unique. They vary in shape, size, design, added detail, and of course wood choices. I do not use templates or plans when creating each piece, nor have I ever sought to make two the same. Rather I work from scratch on every creation, sketching designs directly onto the wood before starting work with a saw, followed by any number of other woodworking tools.
When designing a new woodworking project, I try to keep in mind that most of my customers do not have a limitless budget. While I never compromise the integrity of a piece to reduce the price I do keep cost in mind when designing woodworking products. Often a little forethought in the design stage can result in considerable savings in production.
Our primary factors in informing the design process are the unique requirements of each client and site. The client is asked qualifying questions, so that by determining wood type, color design and other preferences they can be presented with preliminary concepts that respond directly to an interpretation of their needs and wishes.
The choice of using a type of wood, is largely a personal one, while equally rooted in many practical advantages, including that of being a truly sustainable material. Wood warmth and tactile qualities provide a welcoming elements. Structurally it has its own form of expression, in that it’s structural qualities can inform and provide a logical clarity to the design.
Design and form emerges, along with the interpretation of the requirements of the client, the wood, and responsibilities in terms of sustainability and usability. These naturally evolve and are re-evaluated during the creation.