working in the Bouckville, NY antique community for several
years I developed an appreciation for fine furniture that
could last for years. It's a testament to a craftsman
to have his furniture not only withstand the rigors of
daily life (read kids and pets) but to be able to be handed
down to future generations. I had already seen a lot of
work that had lasted the test of time but had also observed
many of the furnishings that weren't up to the challenge
of the ages.
most durable furniture had similar characteristics,
mortise and tenon joinery, dovetails, premium grades
of solid wood, and a finish capable of keeping out detrimental
moisture. I went about learning every thing I could
about wood, wood joints and construction methods. This
led me to SUNY Delhi where I rounded out my skills and
knowledge before going to work in the commercial world.
years in a commercial woodshop and you can forget more
cool things you built than you can remember. What started
out as melamine kitchens rapidly progressed to all aspects
of hospital cabinetry, hospitality casework, architectural
millwork, and custom interiors. What a long road back
to my fathers old dairy barn where I set up shop to
produce chairs and furniture.