Refining the Curves

_DSC0031I have been working lately on refining the design for my signature piece, the jete table.  This spring I made a new version out of walnut with much slenderer legs.  This gave the whole table more lightness, but kept the curves as inviting and graceful as ever.

I have always been inspired by the shapes of pre-industrial tools:  plow handles, scythes, axes, and hayrakes are some of my favorites.  Echoes of their curves and swoops may be found in my favorite contemporary designs.

Before our things were manufactured, woodworkers (and others) would build a piece from start to finish, using a range of skills and an understanding of the whole arc from source to eventual user.  Perhaps because I participate in that traditional role, sourcing my materials and customers from the land and community around me, taking the wood from the forest through milling, drying, and finally building, I appreciate the aesthetic of old tools as much as I do the process of using them to make elegantly curved, sturdy furniture. 

In my studio, I make furniture primarily with hand tools, at a walking pace, to the beat of my heart or the song I’m singing, with sunshine or rainsong coming in the windows.  I use my knowledge of the forest and my familiarity with you, my faithful customers.  This process is the best way I know to honor the Earth and the natural and human communities that support us all.

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