My aesthetic sense has been influenced by my world travels and exposure to a wide variety of architectural forms. I am deeply moved by the grace of Japanese homes, the solidity of Tibetan Buddhist temples, and the soaring heights of Gothic cathedrals. Elements of these styles inform me in designing furniture.
Having grown up in New England surrounded by history, I have an appreciation for objects that outlive the maker. As a child, I thrilled to walk on the original cobblestone streets on Nantucket Island and was amazed at the ubiquitous 18th century houses in Boston whose furnishings were still in use after 200 years. When building furniture, I choose methods and materials that ensure every piece will last for generations.
My goal is to create objects that are pleasing to the eye, a joy to use, and are still in service long after I am gone.
The following values inform my work:
The finest furniture is handcrafted with great attention to every detail.
The strength of the relationship between the maker, the design, and the wood is evident in the final product.
The user is more important than the maker.
A piece of furniture should outlast the maker.
North America - in particular New England - is forested with a variety of tree species that provide beautiful hardwood lumber. Given this bounty there is little reason to look abroad for exotic woods.